BENIN CITY – The Edo State government has warned against indiscriminate waste disposal and unhealthy practices that violate the state’s existing environmental laws.
Speaking to reporters after inspecting Oregbeni Market, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the State, Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development, Hon. Jonathan Lawani, urged stakeholders to work with the state government to keep the state clean to prevent outbreaks.
He noted, “Disease-carrying organisms tend to spread when we don’t keep our surroundings clean, and as state residents we need to make sure our homes and markets are clean. Our pipes must be well desanded.
The commissioner urged traders to ensure their stores are always clean, adding: “Do not dispose of waste indiscriminately, but be sure to package it properly and place it in designated areas for easy disposal.”
He reiterated that the state government will step up interventions to ensure a safe and clean environment for all, noting that anyone who breaks the law will be prosecuted in accordance with applicable environmental law as it would no longer be business as usual. for offenders.
The Head of Local Government Administration (HOLGA), Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, Mr. Richard Edenamiegho, said the council will ensure that traders and residents abide by Governor Godwin Obaseki’s mandate to keep Edo clean and green.
Oregbeni market manager Ms Mary Osemwenkha said the biggest challenge they face is that the waste manager in charge of the market is not disposing of their waste as regularly as needed even after paying the bills monthly waste disposal.
She called on the state government to replace the current waste manager for better waste management.