After residents complained about the delay of solid waste evacuation, the Oyo State government has initiated a Rapid Response Team on evacuation and provided hotlines for residents to call and relay their issues.
Dr Bashir Olanrewaju, Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, disclosed this in a statement signed on Tuesday at Ibadan, where he emphasised that a responsive government must keep the environmental and psychological sanity of its people.
The permanent secretary said the reason for setting up a new solid waste management architecture, was to achieve the goal of a cleaner, safer and healthy State.
“We are putting in all efforts to deal with the challenges of waste evacuation, but we are asking residents, private waste contractors and other stakeholders affected to play by the rules of this new system in a bid to accomplish a dirt-free State and a sustainable environment that will improve the social wellbeing of every individual in the State.
“This also is the reason we have set up a Rapid Response Team to see to complaints of residents and fix problems associated with solid waste evacuation in Ibadan metropolis and the rest of the State, this also involves the release of the special numbers (hotlines) for this purpose, so that residents can call, make their complaints and work with the appropriate authority in ridding their environment of dirt.”
The statement further provided hotlines for residents who experience a delay in evacuation of waste in their area, to make a complaint, and get quality service, these numbers are 08067945877, 07032328993 and 0812657385.
Residents and other stakeholders are advised to team with the State government in its quest to make the State healthy for the citizens and stop dumping wastes in illegal areas to prevent communicable diseases. The residents were also advised to not make any form of payment to their PSP operators as of April 1st, 2021, but to the approved central State account.