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Edo govt takes Keep Edo Clean campaign to markets, grassroots

Edo govt takes Keep Edo Clean campaign to markets, grassroots - Waste Management Board, Edo State

By Francis Ogbuagu, Benin City

The has organised a rally across major markets and roads in Benin metropolis to raise awareness among resi­dents on the need to stop the indiscriminate dumping of waste in the state. It also mo­bilised support for the ‘Keep Edo Clean Project’ campaign of the state government.

Speaking at Oba Market, the General Manager (GM) of the board, Mr. Charles Imariagbe, advised traders to shun the habit of dumping refuse in drains and disposing waste around the market. He explained that the sensitisa­tion rally became necessary in order to promote a new culture among residents to imbibe the culture of cleanliness and em­brace the use of government accredited waste managers for proper waste disposal.

He said the Obaseki ad­ministration was in a hurry to make the state one of the cleanest states in the coun­try, and urged traders in the market to key into the initia­tive. According to Imariagbe, “The Waste Man­agement Board is carrying out this rally in collabora­tion with local government officials and members of the civil society as well as International Federation of Women Lawyers.

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“We want people to re­port defaulters to the board so that legal actions will be taken against them to serve as deterrent to would-be offenders.”

He disclosed that a sanita­tion task force had been cre­ated to prosecute offenders, urging the traders and road users to be law abiding.

The sensitisation team went through King Square, Oba Market, Uselu-Lagos Road, Edaiken Market, New Benin Market and Aduwawa Market in the state capital.

The GM also called on members of the public to re­port waste managers who fail in their duties to the board.

The deputy coordinator general of Edo Civil Society Organisation, Annie Umoru, commended the state govern­ment’s initiative and urged all stakeholders to support the ‘Keep Edo Clean” project. “We are adding our voice to that of the Edo State Waste Man­agement Board to discourage indiscriminate waste disposal in markets, roads, walk ways and motor parks,” he said.

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Traders at the various markets visited, appealed to the to ensure speedy evac­uation of waste generated in the markets and apprehen­sion of people who dump re­fuse in markets.


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