Uproar As Refuse Takes Over The Street Of Akure

Refuse on an Akure road

Residents of Akure, the Ondo State capital, have called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to look into the problem of refuse being dumped on the streets.

It was observed that streets such as Oja Oba, Oba Adesida Road, Oyemekun Road, Arakale and Ondo Road, among others, were littered with heaps of refuse as the collectors had refused to work for the past four days.

The residents, who expressing apprehension over the development, appealed to the government to act urgently on the matter, saying there could be an outbreak of epidemic in the town if the government failed to resolve the problem.

A resident, Mrs Ajoke Raheem, called on the state government to act as the unpacked refuse was defacing the state capital, while the putrid odour was making her and other residents uncomfortable.

She said, “We have to beg the government to do something about the refuse; this is an eyesore in the state capital. The odour from the refuse dumped in front of my house is offensive; we can’t breathe fresh air in our house since yesterday (Tuesday).

“God forbid an outbreak of cholera; we all know that the effect will be disastrous. That is why we are appealing to the government to act fast.”

Another resident, Mr Gbenga Adesope, said there was a need for the government and the refuse collection company to settle their differences for the sake of the residents of Akure.

He stated, “I think the government should respond to the demands of the contractor, because for the past four days, the refuse has not been evacuated. It is disgusting seeing huge heaps of refuse everywhere on the streets of Akure, the seat of the state government.

“They should consider the fact that if the refuse is not evacuated, there may be an outbreak of diseases in Akure and the masses will be affected the most. So, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu should do something about it urgently.”

Investigation revealed that the waste management company contracted by the government to evacuate waste had stopped work in protest against the inability of the government to pay it.

A top official of the Ondo State Ministry of Environment, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed to our correspondent on Wednesday that the contractor was being owed a huge amount of money, addng that that was why the company suspended its services.

“The government owes the company; that is why it stopped work since Monday. The government too is worried about the matter and it must be seeking on ways to pay the contractor so that it will resume work,” the source said.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Yemi Olowolabi, said the issue was being looked into and it would soon be resolved.

When contacted, the Group Managing Director, ZL Global Alliance, Mrs Abiola Bashorun, confirmed that the firm had suspended services for the past few days but said it would soon go back to work.

“We are already on the issue and my people will be back very soon. I will just appeal to our people to bear with us; the matter will be resolved in a couple of hours,” Bashorun stated.

- Punch

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