House to house waste collection is set to commence in Ekiti state after the state government procured four compactor trucks for waste management.
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi yesterday inaugurated four waste compactor trucks worth, several millions of naira, for use in the Ado-Ekiti metropolis, as part of steps geared towards ensuring a hygienic and safe capital city.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti while handing the trucks over to the State Waste Management Authority, Governor Fayemi said the procurement became necessary following indiscriminate disposal of waste by residents of the State capital, a situation he said could lead to an outbreak of diseases if not properly curtailed.
The Governor added that the newly procured trucks would help the Waste Management Authority discharge its duties effectively and discourage citizens’ indiscriminate disposal of wastes in the drains and water channels.
Dr Fayemi noted that his administration had de-silted water channels and drainages in order to prevent flooding yet some residents preferred to dump refuse in the drains, leading to the blockage of many water channels and drainages.
Receiving the keys to the trucks, the Sole Administrator of the EKWMA, Mr Bayo Kelekun, said the agency would now begin a house-to-house collection of waste so as to prevent residents from littering the streets of Ado Ekiti with waste.
Kelekun who said the State capital has been divided into four zones in order to make waste collection easier, urged residents to cooperate with government in ensuring a clean Ado Ekiti; adding that proper waste management would help in curtailing the spread of some airborne diseases.
He disclosed that the agency would soon take delivery of more truck as well as extend the waste collection to other major towns in the State, adding that this would create job opportunities as the scope of EKWMA expands.