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Waste evacuation: Plateau to sanction erring operators

The Plateau State Government has threatened to sanction private waste operators who failed to honour the terms of agreement they had with the government to dispose refuse in the state.

Abdullahi Abbas
Abdullahi Abbas, Plateau State Commissioner for Environment

Mr Abdullahi Abbas, the state’s Commissioner for Environment, gave the warning in Jos, the state capital, on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at a meeting with the waste operators operating in the state.

It will be recalled that the government had in the last two years contracted the evacuation of waste in the state to private waste operators.

The commissioner stated that the government’s aim of contracting the collection of waste in the state was to ensure a clean and hygienic environment for the citizens.

He, however, expressed disappointment that for over two months none of the waste operators kept to the terms of agreement, as dirt litters major streets of Jos and Bukuru towns.

“The essence of contracting the evacuation of waste in the state is to ensure high performance and you have a clean and hygienic environment for our people.

“But I must say that I am disappointed on the low performance of the water operators because for the last two months waste continued to pile at dumpsites with nobody coming to evacuate them.

“If things continue this way, we will have no option but to revoke the contracts,” he said.

Abbas called on residents of the state to be patient, adding that all dumpsites piled with refuse would soon be cleared.

By Polycarp Auta

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