Waste Disposals: Why We Are Prosecuting Offenders, By Magege

BY ANDREW IKEHI
THE Delta State Waste Management Board and the Ministry of Environment in conjunction with the State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEFOR) Project has commenced prosecution of residents who defaulted in the payment of refuse collection and disposal bills.
At the commencement of arraignment of the first set of defaulters in Asaba at the Asaba Chief Magistrate Court, the Project Coordinator of the SEEFOR Project, Mr. Benson Ojoko said the arraignment of defaulters for the non-payment of waste bills became necessary in order to ensure that the Refuse Collection and Disposal activities currently being implemented in the State by Private Sector Participants (PSPs) was a success.
He further pointed out that, by enforcing compliance of payment by residents for services rendered by the PSPs, the Waste Management Board and the Ministry of Environment were helping to enforce the law of the State in respect to refuse collection and disposal.
On his part, the Chairman, Delta State Waste Management Board, Chief Olori Magege, said that the Board had carried out enlightenment activities around the State to intimate residents of the need to have a clean environment.
Chief Magege said the arraignment of defaulters in court was a move geared at making the state cleaner.
He explained that residents must cultivate the habit of paying for waste collection and disposal services rendered to them as government could not bear the cost of paying for the activity.
The waste Management board boss warned that from henceforth all defaulters of refuse collection and disposal bills and residents involved in dumping of refuse along roadsides and kerb medians would be prosecuted.
The Director Sanitation and Waste Management in the Ministry of Environment, Mr. Lucky Adah, said the enforcement activity which is currently taking place in the six cities of Asaba, Warri, Ughelli, Sapele, Effurun (Uvwie) and Udu will be a weekly affair.
He appealed to residents, corporate businesses and government agencies to ensure they comply with the payment of refuse collection and disposal bills and ensure they have a clean environment.