July 16, 2024

Edo Assembly Passes Resolution Calling On LGC To Build Refuse Dump Sites

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Edo Assembly Passes Resolution Calling On LGC To Build Refuse Dump Sites
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By Simeon OSAJIE

Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) today Monday 8th July, 2024 passed a resolution calling on the 18 local government chairmen to build refuse dump sites for the collection of waste in the state.

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The Deputy Speaker, Maria Oligbi-Edeko moved the motion under matter of public importance over the menace of indiscriminate dumping of refuse on major roads and drainages in the state.

The motion under public importance was co-sponsored by the deputy speaker and 10 other lawmakers.

Moving the motion, the Deputy Speaker, said that it was the responsibility of the local government councils to ensure proper waste disposal in their localities as provided for in the Constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.

She said that the indiscriminate dumping of refuse on roads and drains was constituting health hazard and causing obstruction of the free flow of floods in the state.

Oligbi-Edeko stated that the waste was emitting offensive odour and constituting eyesore and reducing the aesthetic value of towns and cities in the state.

She noted that the dumping of refuse and other waste materials was obstructing free flow of flood and causing flooding and gully erosion in the state.

According to her, dumping of refuse in sacks in major roads and round major markets constitutes health hazard especially with the outbreak of cholera in some parts of the country.

In her consequential motion, the deputy speaker called on the local government chairmen to build refuse dump sites and set up monitoring teams to prevent the menace of indiscriminate dumping of refuse on roads and drains especially at night.

She also called on health officers in the state to carry out sensitization of the people on the importance of proper waste disposal and keeping the environment clean.

She urged the chairmen to collaborate with the commissioner for environment to put in place drain delisting and waste management system in all local government areas.

The lawmakers unanimously supported the motion and called for the implementation of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise across the state.

The Speaker, Blessing Agbebaku, thereafter directed the clerk of the house, Yahaya Omogbai to forward clean copies of the resolution to relevant authorities for immediate action.

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