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Reapplication Does not Mean Automatic Re-engagement, the Criteria Must be Met — Oyo Govt Tells PSP Applicants

The Oyo State government has revealed that over 197 waste collectors have applied for renewal contract of PSPs.

The Honourable Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Abiodun Oni disclosed this today in a statement released in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Recall that the Oyo State government in a bid to turn around the environment sector and harness opportunities inherent in waste management system, took a decision to terminate the appointment of waste collectors, setting a June 10 deadline for willing waste collectors (PSPs) to re-apply for the renewal of the contract.

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The Seyi-Makinde led government had sited that it was embarrassed by the sight of heaps of refuse in open spaces and thought about its attendant health hazard, hence the move.

In a statement released by the commissioner, he emphasised that the state government’s mandate is to ensure that its citizens stay in a clean and safe environment.

Mr. Abiodun however said, “Reapplication does not necessarily mean automatic re-engagement, as the criteria for re-engagement must be met to achieve the cleaniness and efficiency deserving of our citizens.

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“Planting of trees, cleanliness of the environment is of great concern. It would be of the interest of the people if willing to accept the government’s disposition to waste management”, he added.

Oni further urged residents to take on responsibilities particularly by fighting against wrong attitude to waste disposal in the state, adding that the menace would be conquered in no distant time.

He particularly urged traders and business owners to always pay promptly for waste which they generate, noting that it is a part of their civic responsibilities.

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The statement added that the ministry in conjunction with its waste management consultant, Mottanai Recycling would be embarking on an emergency clean-up campaign exercise, which will also mandate the appointed waste collectors to embark on household door to door collection of wastes.

“To this end, there shall be no indiscriminate dumping of wastes on road medians and other open spaces”, Oni added.

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