The Oyo State Government has affirmed its readiness to meet the waste management needs of residents during the festive season.
Speaking in Ibadan on Christmas eve, the Chairperson, Oyo State Waste Management Task Force, Mrs. Aderonke Adedayo hinted that the committee will consolidate Mottainai Recycling Ltd’s year round vision of establishing a cleaner and healthier Oyo State.
She added that bearing in mind the anticipated increase in waste generation during the period, the Task Force would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the season was celebrated in a clean environment.
She further revealed that the Taskforce in collaboration with the State Waste Management consultant, Mottainai Recycling Ltd, will intensify the distribution of Mottainai Accredited Franchisees (MAFs) to the nooks and crannies of the State.
Mrs. Adedayo said that the MAFs, otherwise known as PSP operators, had been mandated to work round the clock in their assigned areas of operation, while Mottainai would provide backup trucks.
She also reiterated that PSP operators operating within the State, who refuse to adhere to the Zero Waste Initiative of the Seyi Makinde-led government would be dealt with.
Mrs. Adedayo added that unregistered PSPs caught while evacuating wastes will forfeit their trucks, while they risk six-months imprisonment.
The Taskforce Chairperson enjoined all citizens not to throw their refuse indiscriminately on the median, saying it gives the state a dirty appearance.
She encouraged residents to wait for their MAFs /PSPs to collect their refuse or call the emergency number.
Also speaking, the Managing Director, Mottainai Recycling Ltd. Mr. Adey Adewuyi stated that the agency recently put out emergency numbers to enable residents to reach out to them when there is a service gap.
Mr. Adewuyi added that phone numbers published, are also for the purpose of monitoring the situation of the environment during the yuletide.
He appealed to residents to desist from acts capable of making life miserable for the environment and its inhabitants.
Adewuyi equally urged motorists to drive with caution, to safeguard lives of street sweepers and other service providers, who would be discharging their duties during this period.
While wishing residents a dirt-free Christmas and New Year celebration, he enjoined residents to call 070 0080 0700 for inquiries on waste management.