ASABA/Nigeria: As part of his sincere desire to provide an effective waste management mechanism and the dire need for a cost friendly waste bin for the proper disposal of municipal solid waste in the State, the Executive Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has graciously slashed the prices of waste bin produced by the Delta State Government from Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000) to Five Thousand Naira (N5,000) and from Fifteen Thousand Naira(N15,000) to Ten Thousand Naira(N10,000) for residential and business premises respectively and has also directed the Ministry of Environment to develop a flexible payment plan for the benefit of all citizens and residents in the state.
The Governor’s directive was contained in a statement from the office of the State Commissioner for Environment, Barr. John Obukohwo Nani. The statement reads in part. “It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Deltans that the State Ministry of Environment is using this medium to sensitize Deltans against the unwholesome practice of burning of waste and the ugly trend in which persons, organizations and business owners dispose their refuse indiscriminately along the street and highway thereby defacing the aesthetic of the Environment.”
The Hon. Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Barr. John Obukohwo Nani noted that in order to check this ugly trend and ensure that the beauty and cleanliness of our environment is sustained and remarkably improve upon, “the state government is directing the general public, most especially persons, organizations and business owners to have a government waste bin for appropriate disposal of refuse by an accredited Private Sector Participants (PSP) waste collector to a government approved Dumpsites.”
Hon. Nani also directed all Local Government Councils, Waste Management Board, Delta State Capital Development Agency, State Sanitation Taskforce and other relevant authorities to monitor their areas and ensure that every residential, organizational and business premises acquires a government waste bin at the subsidized rates of Five Thousand Naira (5,000) for residential and Ten thousand Naira (10,000) for Corporate organizations, from their respective Local Government Council secretariats or the Delta State Capital Development Agency, Asaba.
The statement urge the general public to take adequate advantage of the Governor’s benevolence and acquire the government waste bin as the State Ministry of Environment will from 1st November, 2017 apprehend residents and seal up business premises without the subsidize government waste bin, and will be brought before a special sanitation court headed by a magistrate and fined accordingly.