The Oasis Reporters
July 24, 2018
By Moses Gbande, Jos
The Plateau State government has begun the enforcement of waste management within Jos Metropolis, as it commences the issuance of demand notice on defaulters.
The state government last February flagged-off the commercialization of waste management to a private operator, with John-Scot (Nig. Ltd), which now has the responsibility evacuating all wastes generated in the state, and in turn, residents are expected to pay a token for waste evacuation service.
The state government had last year constituted a committee to look into the
privatization of waste management, which later came out with a
sustainable way to a smooth take-off
of a commercialized waste
But the twist however is that, since the commencement of the exercise, residents seem reluctant in complying with the development, either on grounds that they have not been properly sensitized or the charges put for them as a token to be paid monthly are high.
Our correspondent gathered that, these people rather find it more rewarding to pay wheel barrow pushers that evacuate the waste on daily basis at minimal charges.
The authority of the waste management operators, Femi Kinrin of Spottx Worries Environmental Solution and Evaristus Fuanbail, the DCI Waste Management said such habits are unacceptable, and warn waste generators against leasing out to any mobile evacuator rather than the approved company.
Speaking with journalists shortly after an enforcement visit to Ahmadu Bello Way, in Jos, the theme leaders pointed out that the exercise was to further awareness and to give a demand notice to shop owners and other business operators, stressing that after the demand notice exercise, those still found wanting could face prosecution in the law court.
They said the wheel barrow operators do cause more harm than good for, after evacuating the wastes, they end up dumping them in gutters and other water ways and the wastes end up causing floods.
The citizens have been urged to comply with the intension of government, saying it is aimed at providing a clean environment for the wellbeing of the people.
The enforcement team were in presence of staff of state Ministry of Environmental, Staff of Plateau Environmental Protection Agency, PEPSA and operators.