The Oyo State government in partnership with Mottainai Recycling Limited on Wednesday, met with traders and artisans in the state, to proffer collective solutions to the waste management problems in Oyo State.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, in Ibadan, indicated that the meeting was part of efforts to maintain a clean and healthy environment in Oyo State.

Earlier in his remark, the Commissioner for Information, Hon. Olatunbosun noted that government alone cannot make the state clean without involving all the stakeholders, calling on them to support the Oyo State government in cleaning the state.

Also speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Abiodun Oni, urged traders and artisans to embrace the new policy waste management of ‘zero waste, zero budget’ initiative.

He said the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration is harnessing opportunities in public and private waste management to drive sustainable city and urban circular economy.

The commissioner further said that the present administration meant to make life bearable for residents of the state with the involvement of a consultant – Mottainai Recycling Limited – and make Oyo State clean and habitable with individual’s input.

He said, “We have had this challenge of cleaning the city. We just thought that as we continue the process of keeping the city clean, we should engage the stakeholders as well.

“This is a new initiative that we introduced: a zero budget initiative. The people should expect a clean environment, while we also target a waste to wealth initiative.”

He said that the government is strategising, such that the traders will pay a little token to get their wastes cleared, and therefore urged them to cooperate with the consultant in ensuring a healthy and clean environment.

He further said that the state government launched the initiative, which resulted in the overhaul of the state’s solid waste management system.

He added, “We must be able to challenge the people and communities who produce the majority of the waste to exercise greater responsibility in the disposal of their waste, while also exploring funding strategies to address the issues.”

He said, “We must be aware that we are all the recipients of personal deviations and that waste generated must be disposed of through the proper waste management channels.”

Speaking also, the Managing Director, Mottainai Recycling, Mr. Ade Adewuyi, said that the new initiative allows residents of the state to pay little or nothing for waste management.

He said his firm is set to sort and buy wastes from waste creators and generators in the state.

He enthused that flooding and epidemics are caused by solid waste being dumped in various places, hence it is more crucial than ever to ensure solid waste recycling.

Speaking, on behalf of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, the Executive Chairman, Lagelu Local Government, Hon. Kazeem Gbadamosi, commended the initiative, adding that the consultant needs to work with local governments in the state.

He opined that waste management in the state ought to be a collective responsibility of all, urging residents to cooperate with the new consultant.

In her words, a market leader, Chief Mrs. Labake Lawal, enjoined the state government to consider the reintroduction of the weekly and monthly environmental sanitation.

She equally expressed her concerns about the state’s waste management problems, adding that the market leadership is ready to work with the state government and the new consultant.

She said, “Our state, like in many other developing nations around the world, faces difficulties and inadequacies in waste management, which are particularly acute in Oyo State.”

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