Ogun Assembly calls for cooperation in waste management

Ogun State House of Assembly has called for a synergy between the state Ministry of Environment and local government areas for the proper disposal of refuse across the state.

The Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Honourable Tunde Sanusi, gave the charge during his visit to the Ministry of Environment, State Environmental Protection Agency and State Emergency Management Agency, in continuation of the 2016 budget assessment tour.

Sanusi stressed the need for a dumping site to be  located in all the local government areas for proper waste management and to boost the state economy.

He called for the necessary regulatory framework for the take-off of the Private Sector Participation (PSP) programme on waste management and disposal.

According to him, “there is need for partnership with the private sector on the polluter pay principle while modalities are being set by government on means to access the ecological fund that would aid effective waste management.”

He further advocated for a comprehensive work plan to ensure that the waste generated are used as raw materials and beautification of the state.

He also called for adequate protection of street sweepers.

Responding, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye, said that as part of measures to ensure clean and healthy environment, the ministry had put in place an environmental task force  for effective monitoring of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in addition to maintenance of medians.