Makinde Declares Emergency On Waste Management In Oyo

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared a state of emergency on refuse collection and waste management in the state.

The governor’s decision follows the re-appearance of refuse and filth on streets in the state.

Makinde during an extraordinary meeting at the Executive Council Chambers in Ibadan, the state capital, said waste management has become a matter of emergency, adding that poor waste management could have wider implications on the state of health of individuals in the state.

“I am sure that most of you must have gone through our state and have noticed that as far as our solid waste management is concerned, we are all living in the midst of filth basically.

“Apart from these wastes being an eyesore, it also has wider implications as far as health is concerned, because when you have a filthy environment, all kinds of health challenges will come in. We need to declare an emergency on our solid waste management. It is a big issue for all of us and we have to take the bull by the horn. We have to take leadership.

“What I have asked to be done is to, first of all, mobilize all resources possible and we will all be out this evening (Monday evening) to do the cleanup. We have trucks and have mobilized workers and we will take off,” he said.

Makinde also warned that no one should misconstrue the exercise for showmanship, adding that a serious issue like waste disposal has to be taken with all seriousness.

“This is not for showmanship but a serious challenge that we have. If we don’t do it, I can bet that a few weeks down the line, we will see the impact at our hospitals.

“I have also heard that there are saboteurs who neatly arrange thrash on the median. Well, I wish them luck because we now have security personnel involved and anyone caught importing waste to Oyo State will be dealt with according to our environmental laws.

“I believe, from our projection, that within the next three to four weeks, we should have a permanent solution in place, a model that will be sustainable and that will also be full-proof for the saboteurs.”

Edo Govt Tasks Residents On Proper Waste Management

Edo Govt Tasks Residents On Proper Waste Management

 

The Edo State Government says providing a clean and green environment remains one of the top priorities of the Godwin Obaseki led administration.

The acting Governor of the state, Mr Philip Shaibu, stated this on Saturday when he met with a delegation from the Uwelu Traders Association at the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.

He, however, noted that the residents of the state have an important role to play through proper waste management.

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The acting governor met with the traders following the resumption of duty by the Edo State Waste Management Board.

The board resumed duty after the Court of Appeal in Benin City ordered a stay of execution of an order by the Edo State High Court nullifying the State Sanitation and Pollution Management Law.

The High Court had also restrained the Edo State Waste Management Board and its agents from performing their roles.

The court ordered the disbandment of the board and declared that its acts of licensing, registration, contracting of waste managers with powers to charge fees, and instigate criminal prosecution were unconstitutional, illegal and of no legal effect.

Court Orders Stay Of Execution Of Judgement Disbanding Edo Waste Management Board

Court Orders Stay Of Execution Of Judgement Disbanding Edo Waste Management Board

 

The Court of Appeal in Benin City on Wednesday ordered a stay of execution of an order by the Edo State High Court nullifying the State Sanitation and Pollution Management Law.

The High Court had also restrained the Edo State Waste Management Board and its agents from performing their roles.

With the ruling of the appellate court, the Board now has the freedom to carry on with the responsibility of waste management and disposal.

Officials of the agency are also at liberty to go about their lawful business.

Following the court ruling, the acting Governor of Edo State, Mr Philip Shaibu, gave a two-week ultimatum to the State Ministry of Environment and Sustainability to embark on a state-wide cleanup of the state.

He also urged the public to cooperate with the ministry in ensuring that major roads and streets were rid of dirt and debris.

My Shaibu asked the ministry to pay special attention to election posters and other wastes resulting from political campaigns for the 2019 general elections.

The Edo State High Court had ordered the disbandment of the Waste Management Board and declared that its acts of licensing, registration, contracting of waste managers with powers to charge fees, and instigate criminal prosecution was unconstitutional, illegal and of no legal effect.

Cross River Moves Towards Enhancing Efficient Waste Disposal

Waste-evacuation-trucksThe Cross River State Government has supplied a batch of over 20 evacuation trucks and 200 dumpsters to ensure efficient waste evacuation and management.

At the premises of the Governor’s office in Calabar, where some of the evacuation trucks and dumpsters were being received, the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Mike Eraye, told reporters that it was part of a well-planned programme of the Governor for a sustainable and effective waste management system in the state.

Mr Eraye further stated that the challenge of a land space was being tackled while commending Ayade for funding the acquisition of the equipment despite the Economic challenges Nigeria was facing.

He maintained that the Local Content Policy as well as the “Buy Naija To Grow The Naira” initiative were considered in the purchase of the evacuation trucks made by Innoson Motors.

The supply of the trucks came barely a week after the Governor Ayade embarked on the inspection of some dump sites, where he gave a firm promise to swiftly deal with the issue of waste evacuation in the Calabar metropolis.

Ayade Inspects Dump Sites, Promises Better Waste Management

Ayade, Cross River, Waste ManagementThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has appealed to residents of Cross River State to be patient with him as he is addressing the issue of proper waste disposal in line with the ‘clean and green’ vision of the state.

Ayade made the appeal in Calabar, Cross River State Capital when he embarked on an inspection of dump sites in the metropolis to have a first-hand knowledge of their present state.

According to the Governor, the inspection was part of the state government’s effort aimed at ensuring effective waste management in the state.

The Governor was pained at the site of what he saw at the Lemna dump site, located at Ikot Effanga Mkpa, few minutes away from the heart of Calabar which has served as the dumpsite since the previous administration.

He said that it was unacceptable and totally unhealthy for both wastes and human beings to coexist side by side. He immediately ordered bulldozers which were on ground to clear the site.

Residents in the area had raised an alarm over the natural menace caused by the dumpsite, where waste is usually washed out to their homes.

Ayade said, plans were on ground for his administration to partner with a team from Israel and Dublin to do the proper waste management that entails segregation and optimal utilization.

Ayade also visited Idundu, the proposed new dump site where he pleaded with Cross River residents to be patient with him as he begins the process of making the site available for waste disposal to commence properly.

Earthfile: Waste Management And You

There’s a consensus among leading scientists that global warming is caused by human activity. Earthfile on this edition looks at what, if anything should be done about it.

Many are pointing at waste management. In Nigeria, the way some dispose their wastes is the headache for many.

The man-made burdens on the earth’s land, water and air are diminishing the natural ability of the earth to restore itself.

It is not socially acceptable to impose the burden of our own waste on another person. Moving forward, Earthfile on Channels Television says it is high time you started having a second thought before disposing that waste.

There are too many wastage everywhere all the time.