Entrepreneur counsels govts. on waste management
From: Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
An entrepreneur, Chief Isaac Akinkunmi, has said that the task of maintaining a clean environment must be all inclusive as that responsibility can no longer be left to government alone.
Akinkunmi stated this when he paid an official visit to the management of Benue State Environmental Sanitation Agency (BENSESA), on Tuesday.
He called on governments at all levels in the country to involve private organisations in the management of environmental sanitation, particularly dumping and collection of refuse.
While lamenting that virtually every city in Nigeria is gradually being overtaken by refuse, Akinkunmi said dumping of refuse on road dividers with impunity was a show of impudence to constituted authority and advocated that fuse disposal management should be backed up by legislation.
“I will suggest to the agency the need for private public partnership in the management of refuse disposal in the state which should be backed up with legislation.’
He listed the benefits of private partnership in the management of collection and disposal of refuse to include creation of more jobs to the teeming youths as well as an avenue for revenue generation to the state adding that through this all the garbage that litter major roads in the capital city will be adequately managed and enhance beauty of the state.
Akinmunmi, who is the Chairman of Tito Group of Company, decried the indiscriminate dumping of refuse along major roads across the country and called on the sanitation agency to evolve modern ways of disposing refuse by creating refuse collection centers.
“Through this more jobs will be created and money will also be generated to the government coffer and punishment be meted out to those who break the law, all these will help in keeping the state clean”, he concluded.
Responding, General Manager of BENSESA, Engr. Andrew Chile while commending Akinkunmi for the visit promised to look into the suggestions and put them into practice soon.