Former chief health environmental officers in Ogun State have asked the state government to fast-track its implementation of the memoranda of understanding it signed with a private waste management company for the management of wastes.
The state government last February 12 signed the agreement with a company to manage all levels of municipal solid waste cycle , including waste collection, processing and disposal in the state.
The environmentalists, including Francis Ogunkumbi, Ibrahim Malik and Mrs. Ajoke Ogunjobi in separate interview with Rockcity FM, expressed concern over the health implication of littering of waste on major roads in Abeokuta, the state capital.
They warned that the quick implementation of the agreement will prevent the outbreak of Lassa fever and other diseases in the state.
Former Abeokuta North local government Chief Health Environmental Officer, Francis Ogunkumbi blamed the situation on the centralization of waste management, called for the provision of more waste disposal facilities, and the involvement of local governments and the private sector in waste collection
Also Ipokia local government former Chief Health Environmental Officer, Ibrahim Malik said people must be ready to pay token for waste they generated, adding that the state government can no longer be responsible for waste management, given the growing population in the state.
For Abeokuta North local government former Chief Health Environmental Officer, Mrs. Ajoke Ogunjobi, the state government should provide refuse vans at designated dump sites, particularly at major markets in Itoku, Kuto and Sapon to ensure clean environment.