Hike in diesel price: Ogun Govt restates committment to clean environment

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By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

The Ogun State Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA) has assured residents of the state of clean and tidy environment despite the huge operational cost arising from unexpected hike in diesel pump price.

Chief Executive Officer of OGWAMA who also doubles as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya gave the assurance after monitoring the June edition of the Ogun State Monthly Environmental Exercise in Abeokuta.

Mr Oresanya who commended residents for their impressive participation in the exercise affirmed OGWAMA determination to bequeath a clean environment to the residents through proper waste management.

He counselled residents to always bag and containerise their wastes for easy collection by the Waste Managers, the PSP assigned to their areas.

Oresanya who noted that the last two months had been challenging for the agency due to the unexpected rise in pump price of diesel which led to hike in its operational cost and that of the PSP as well as the challenges at Saje Dumpsite in Abeokuta said the capital city is now clean due to Day and Night Operations Gangs established to tackle the challenges.

With the capital city, Abeokuta now clean, Oresanya therefore urged residents to stop dumping wastes indiscriminately but bag and containerize them for easy collection by PSP at their doorstep.

While announcing that Medium Yellow Iron Waste Bins have been placed in strategic and traditional areas in Abeokuta that cannot be easily accessed by waste collection vechicles-which are Compactors, he counselled residents of these areas to make use of the bins instead of dumping on medians and roadsides.

Oresanya who harped on negative and health implications of improperly bagged and containerized wastes called on residents of the state in general to join hands with OGWAMA to achieve its aim of bequeathing a cleaner environment to the people of the state now and in distant future

For the recalcitrant ones, Oresanya revealed that the Compliant and Enforcement Department of the Authority is fully empowered to enforce the state Environmental Laws adding that those who ran foul of laws were made to face various forms of community services.