Few weeks after the ban of their operations, Ogun State Government said it would incorporate cart-pushers into its new waste management reforms for optimal performance.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment/Chief Executive Officer of the State Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA), Mr. Ola Oresanya, disclosed this during a meeting with leaders of Cart-Pushers, Scrap Vendors and Community Development Associations (CDA), in Abeokuta.
Represented by the Director, Operation, OGWAMA, Mr. Akinbode Sofela, Oresanya said the state government decided to incorporate these people into its new waste management reforms instead of pushing them into unemployment markets and offer them new opportunities through its structured Private Service Providers (PSP) Scheme to work as loaders with steady income.
He added that some of them would be employed as community recyclers in its planned Community Recycling Centres across the 20 councils of the state.
“Under the new reforms, you will see that you have more than enough to do in the coming weeks. All you need to do now is to brace up for the new challenge as the Dapo Abiodun- led government is determined to change your narrative from environmental bad boys to good boys,” he said.
Oresanya called on them to cooperate with OGWAMA for the realisation of the new reforms, adding that anyone that fails to comply with the new order will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the Ogun State Environmental Laws.
On the scrap vendors, the Special Adviser frowned on their poor attitude of scattering bagged waste in search of iron scraps, warning them to desist from such act or face arrest, saying their operation will soon be regulated to meet environmentally-accepted standards.
Reacting, the leader of the Cart Pushers, Hassan Amidu, pledged his members’ cooperation while Prince Olatunde Okunowo of the Makogi CDA, who spoke on behalf of the CDAs, called on residents of communities to stop patronising cart-pushers and scrap vendors for the successful implementation of the new waste management reforms.