The Government of Oyo State has introduced a new solid waste management architecture as a measure to ensure a safer environment.
Dr Abdulateef Oyeleke, State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, in a statement, made available to newsmen on Wednesday, stated that the importance of the new solid waste architecture was to focus on achieving a whole sustainable environment, that will enhance the social welfare of the State’s residents.
The statement underlined that private waste contractors have been forbidden from collecting fees from their clients.
“All households, facility owners, private, commercial industries, religious houses, Institutions have been advised not to make any form of payment to their PSP operators,” the statement added.
Further revealing that the State Government has assigned accredited revenue consultants that would be giving bills to all clients while payments would be made through selected banks either manually or electronically, stressing that any payment rendered to any PSP is at payers’ risk.
Accordingly, these dumpsites in Lapite, Aba Eku and Ajakanga, all in Ibadan, have been shut down with immediate effect due to rehabilitation, anyone caught dumping refuse in these areas would be prosecuted.
Following the Commissioner’s statement, all PSP operators and others are to utilize only the Awotan landfill, where the State government has provided, state of the art facilities for the purpose intended.
The statement finally urged members of the public to accept the new solid waste management architecture, by settling their waste bills promptly, and also stop dumping wastes on the road median, drainages, rivers and other open spaces to avert any outbreak of diseases and flooding.