Ondo State government will partner the private sector to ensure effective waste management in the state, Mr Ayo Mesulaya, General Manager, Ondo State Waste Management Authority, has said.
Mesulaya told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Akure that waste management is capital intensive and could not be funded alone by the government without the involvement of stakeholders.
He said: “Waste management all over the world is capital intensive and we cannot pretend that government alone can continue to fund waste management
“So we need the private sector to partner with us to assist in reducing government spending on waste management and providing effective environmental sanitation in the state.
“Currently we have 13 private companies working with us and I must say the experience is worthwhile.
“If not for the private sector, the situation would have been difficult for us.
“That is why Ondo state is one of the cleanest state in Nigeria today.”
The GM said that the plan of the current administration is to expand the involvement of private partnership in waste management to major towns such as Ikare Akoko, Ondo town, Ore and Okitipupa.
He said that the government had promised to create enabling environment for the private sector to thrive in the state.
Mesulaya said that government would also embark on enlightenment and enforcement campaigns to ensure that the populace key into its environmental programmes.
He assured that no stone would be left unturned to ensure that the state remains clean and free from diseases.
“We only have one recycling plant in Ondo state but we have plans to establish two others in the southern and northern senatorial district respectively.
“We have been able to recycle plastic, metal and produce organic fertiliser; people are coming to buy the fertiliser from neighbouring states,’’ he said.
He urged the people to imbibe the culture of cleanliness and and healthy environment.
“We all know that health is wealth and prevention is better than cure; when you live in a healthy environment, you spend less on hospital bills,” he said.