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 in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Hon. Jonathan Lawani, urged stakeholders to engage with the state government to keep the state clean to prevent epidemics.
Hon Lawani said, “Disease-carrying organisms tend to spread when we don’t keep our surroundings clean, and as residents of the state, we need to make sure our homes and markets are clean. Our pipes must be well desanded.
He added: “Do not throw waste away indiscriminately; be sure to bag your trash well and place it in designated areas for easy disposal.
According to him, the state government will step up interventions to ensure a safe and clean environment for all, noting that anyone who violates the law will be prosecuted in accordance with applicable environmental laws as business will no longer be business as usual.
The Head of Local Government Administration (HOLGA), Ikpoba-Okha LGA, 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 .
Also speaking, Oregbeni Market Manager Ms Mary Osemwenkha said the biggest challenge they faced was that the waste manager in charge of the market was not disposing of their waste as regularly as needed even when they paid a monthly waste disposal bill.
She therefore called on the state government to replace the waste manager for better waste management.