The Edo State Waste Management Board has partnered with the Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations (CONGOs) to launch the “Clean-Up Edo Project’.
The Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Dame Omoua Oni-Okpaku, while speaking on the project on Monday in Benin, said it was aimed at checking the incessant dumping of refuse in gutters and road paths in the state.
“The initiative was birthed due to the serious issues of flooding which is caused by indiscriminate dumping of waste in drains.
“So, we decided to work with CONGOs who volunteered to carry out the sensitisation and sanitation project with the state government.
“We want the volunteers to go into flood prone areas, carry out sensitisation and work with heads of communities to clear drains, so that the flooding problems will be ameliorated and people can enjoy their lives during the rainy season,’’ Oni-Okpaku said.
In all, a total of 500 participants have partaken in the project so far.
Mr Charles Imariagbe, the General Manager, Edo Waste Management Board, revealed that the workers who are members of the War Against Indiscipline from the National Orientation Agency, have been given the mandate to arrest offenders in their areas of jurisdiction.
“This initiative is to do awareness campaign to stop indiscriminate dumping of waste and caution people against such behaviour.
“This is a participatory approach from the citizens themselves who have decided to support Edo government in achieving a clean state.
“The pilot phase will start in Benin metropolis and will be replicated in other cities across the state,’’ Imariagbe said.
He added that the grassroots will be sensitised on the need for a cleaner environment for all.