Ibadan No Longer The Dirtiest City in Africa – OYWMA Chairman
Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State has renounced its title of being “the dirtiest in Africa” as the metropolis has achieved 60% compliance with waste management law.
The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYWMA), Prince Morounfolu Adelore who disclosed this on Tuesday, explained that the present administration in the State was doing its best to change the narrative of Ibadan being ‘the dirtiest in Africa’ and through advocacy and enforcement, has achieved some of its aims.
While speaking with journalists at his office in Ibadan, Morounfolu said that the immediate past administration had tried to ensure a clean Ibadan, and was applauded by people in its first term but derailed during the second term as, according to him, the work of the agency was given to a consultant.
“I will today tell you that Ibadan has achieved 60% adherence to regulations guiding waste disposal and management, go to areas where things used to be so bad, we have changed the attitude of the people, it is progressing, people are complying daily, the system arrest offenders fined them, this is subtle enforcement.
“There was a time in the history of Oyo State that a former governor was given kudos for maintaining cleanliness in his first term and everything was derailed during the second term because the responsibility of this waste management agency was ceded to a consultant, the General Manager and Directors were transferred back to their various ministries.
“The consultant took up the functions of the waste authority that all the assets that successive governments left for optimum working success became moribund, utility vehicles, bulldozers, payloaders were all abandoned and the four dump sites that were acquired in 1998 were in a sorry state, not properly maintained because the contractor did not know the job, they just came to make money.
“Today, the General Manager and all directors are back to work and we have taken over all the responsibilities of the waste authority and to bridge the gap, the government has brought in a task force to make sure we get waste management system right.
“We don’t want to be too harsh as we are in a democratic government and at the same time, we need to encourage what is right, Oyo State people are very simple and dynamic, it is a pacesetter state, advocacy work will not stop, every nook and cranny will get the message and key into the clean and green architecture of OYOWMA.
“We are taking inventories of all our zonal offices, we just resumed serious works not long ago, those zonal offices of OYOWMA became moribund long ago, there were assets of the waste authority in those five zonal offices in Oke-Ogun 1 (Saki), Oke-Ogun 2 (Iseyin), Eruwa, Ogbomoso and Oyo, we are revamping them.”
The Chairman also asserted that the idea of putting refuse on the road median was initiated by the immediate past administration and has become a thing of the past as and letters have been sent to all Private Refuse Contractors (PSPs) to work alongside the management to discontinue the habit of dumping waste on the road median.
“What we met on ground was the habit of putting refuse on the road median, that is the policy of the immediate past administration and they said they had a reason for that, but we are stopping it, we have rolled out letters to all our PSPs to make sure that all their areas of coverage meet total compliance with the directive against dumping refuse on the median,” he noted.
He, however, disclosed that the State government had approved the reactivation of Ajakanga and Awotan dumpsites Ibadan to stop illegal dumpsites used by some private waste collectors and manufacturing companies.