Ogun State government has said people in the state will soon be paying for the collection of refuse they generate in their areas..
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who made this known, said people residing in the state must be ready to pay for some of the social services being provided by the state government.
He explained that the fee which the state government intends to charge for the collection of the wastes, will be affordable.
Amosun, speaking while flagging off the harmonization of haulage revenue collection in Abeokuta, expressed concern over the reluctance of people in the state, to pay for some of the services, such as pipe borne water.
For instance, the governor said, the state government is expected to pay about N5.2 billion as counterpart funding for a water project being implemented with the federal government at Oota.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State government has stopped local governments, local council development areas, and revenue generating state ministries, department and agencies from collecting haulage revenues in the state.
Amosun says, the state government is losing between N3 billion to N5 billion monthly to illegal haulage revenue collectors, who paraded themselves as staffs of government agencies.
The governor, expressing concern over the issue, said most of the contractors which the government outsourced the collection of the revenue to, failed to remit them to the state government.
Amosun said the collection of the haulage will be outsourced to the traditional rulers and other interested stakeholders, who will be rewarded with ten percent of the revenue collected on behalf of the state government.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner of Finance, Wale Osinowo, said the state will give ten thousand branded jacket to the contractors who will issue weekly ticket to traders.
Some of the stakeholders at the event including traders, and haulage collectors said the harmonization programme will not be a success, if government fails to address the harassments by policemen who beat up licensed haulage collectors and extort traders on the roads.