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Kaduna Govt Commences Emergency Waste Collection Scheme

Posted: Nov 7, 2015 at 8:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Kaduna Govt commences emergency waste collection scheme

By Gabriel John, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government has commenced its Emergency Waste Collection and Disposal programme across the state.

A statement, signed by the Special Assistant, Media and Publicity Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said the intervention programme was designed to address the gaps in the waste collection process caused by the strike action of waste contractors.

According to the statement, the sudden stoppage of waste collection by the contractors led to a pile up of waste in several locations adding that,

“The emergency waste collection programme is covering all the areas that have been abandoned by the striking waste contractors. The programme is employing 6,600 youths to clean metropolitan Kaduna and other areas. These emergency intervention will continue for the next three months, while processes for a new system of waste collection are concluded.

The statement added that, the intervention to remove municipal solid waste is designed as a community-based effort, employing youths from the communities to keep their neighbourhoods clean as it is expected to boost sanitation, and simultaneously have an economic impact on the communities concerned.

“While announcing the flag-off of the intervention, a government statement expressed regrets for the refuse pile-up, requested the understanding of the public and asked for their support in ensuring that the clean-up activities succeed. However, the government is confident that the people of Kaduna State expects it to stand-up to blackmail and to defeat every effort to hold hostage the comfort and well-being of the people,” The statement said

“The previous waste collection contractors began their strike action on 20 October 2015. They based their action on the non-payment of their claims. At best, these claims constitute part of the inherited liabilities of the government. Like other claims for payment, they have to be subjected to verification of performance and accurate determination of any payments due. But the contractors felt entitled to unquestioning and speedy payment.

“They resorted to the blackmail, in the hope that a pile-up of refuse will compel the government to succumb to their claims. The government responded to this contract violation by commencing limited waste evacuation to manage the situation, while arranging for the more comprehensive intervention which has now started. The government is aware of the partisan affiliations of the waste contractors who owed their contracts to party patronage. But prudence with public resources must always trump the blackmail of vested interests, It said

“The waste collection contractors were costing the state government N120m monthly, with local governments paying additional N24m monthly. The previous government further assisted the contractors with waste collection equipment, and they have not repaid up to 50% of the cost. The tricycles that were supplied have less than 30% repayment. Some of these equipment have disappeared, and the Ministry of Environment has been directed to retrieve all of them. The unpaid cost of equipment will be set-off from whatever payments may eventually be adjudged valid.

It further explained that Despite these expenses, these contractors covered only 60% of Kaduna metropolis, and an assessment of their performance conducted by the Ministry of Environment indicated that only about 20 per cent of the contractors were performing at average level. When the waste was collected, it was often dumped within the city without utilizing the landfills. There is no way the government will be pressured into paying for service not delivered. Any service that is verified to have been delivered to the expected level will eventually be paid.

“The priority of the Kaduna State Government is keeping the state clean at the most-effective rate. As the effort unfolds with community involvement, the government urges the members of the public not to indulge in or allow refuse to be dumped on the streets.”