Abiodun Jettisons Amosun's Policy On Waste Mgt, Says It Encourages Littering Roadside With Refuse - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Abiodun Jettisons Amosun's Policy On Waste Mgt, Says It Encourages Littering Roadside With Refuse


By The Daily Crucible

The Ogun state Government had jettisoned the Waste Management Policy bequeathed to it by the preceding administration of  Senator Ibikunle Amosun and introduced Ogun State Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA) as a replacement.

The State Government explained that the Waste Management policy of the previous administration encouraged residents to dump refuse and other waste materials on the roads, including littering major roads with wastes.

The Daily Crucible recalls that residents of the Gateway State dump refuse by the roadside and on the medians for the officials of the Ministry of Environment to gather and pack into to truck for onward evacuation, a practice the present administration met on ground.

But the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Environment, Ola Oresanya,  disclosed the jettisoning of the practice on Sunday in Abeokuta, saying the government elected to change the policy as it allowed people to dump refuse on the highway.

Oresanya warned that it has become an offence to dump refuse on the highway in any part of the state henceforth.

He said: "Before now, the  process had  been waste collection on the major roads  and our people  are encouraged to dump refuse on the roads and they have been picking it before now.

"We have to change the tide. The new process now is to ensure refuse collection at the door step and house-to-house waste collection.

 "We don't allow waste to come to the roads  that is the first step and that publicity is going on in that area."

He also gave insight into what the OGWAMA had done since its establishment through an executive order.

He said he had held meetings with leaders of various Community Development Areas (CDAs) and Chairmen of the Local Government Areas(LGAs) to ensure that the roads in the state were free of refuse.

He said the OGWAMA is working to ensure that the state becomes the cleanest in the country.

He added that in a bid  to actualise the set goals, some private sectors have  been engaged to provide the services of waste management to the door steps of the residents.

According to him, the present administration has changed the tide in the style of waste management in the state. 

Oresanya, however, said the state would not hesitate to deal with recalcitrants by arresting and prosecuting them.

He said:"for people that  are recalcitrant, there are some people, no matter how much you encourage them, they will want to test your capacity, we have enforcement team to arrest them .

"We have Local Government enforcement team that goes  about to arrest  them and take them  to court 

"We will soon end dumping of  refuse on highway."

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