A forum of Kogi State stakeholders and indigenes in the East Senatorial District, has implored the state government to evolve a clear-cut policy on sanitation to rid the state capital of refuse.
Prince Sanni Shaibu, chairman of the forum at a meeting in Ankpa, at the weekend, called upon the state government to strive hard and empower relevant agencies to clear the refuse dotting the state capital, since it has become an eyesore to the people using the state as a transit route to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Abuja.
He said the state capital and its environs needed to wear a good look, adding that the stinking refuse dumps on major streets of the town were giving the state a bad name as it has become an embarrassment to the people of the state.
“When we read in print media few days ago that Lokoja, our own dear capital city is the dirtiest state capital in the country, I did not believe it until I made this trip down. And what I saw was not heartwarming at all,” he said.
Prince Shaibu, an Abuja-based businessman and who have been under intensive pressure by the enlighten community to bring his experience from private sector to develop the state said the forum appreciated the efforts of the government at keeping the city clean but regretted that most of the measures were not yielding the desired results.
He therefore urged the government to change the approach and adopt more fruitful strategies in view of the social and health implications of the sanitation challenges in the capital city.
The state Deputy Governor, Chief Yomi Awoniyi on Tuesday attributed the increase in the quantum of wastes in the state capital to increase in population and a mismatch in the ability to collect the refuse.
“The town’s population has grown exponentially leading to more wastes but with no complementary capacity by the government agency to collect them,” he said, adding that government had concluded plans to levy residents for disposal of their wastes.
Awoniyi said the state government was aware of the embarrassing situation caused by the refuse, adding that efforts were being made to engage the services of private companies to manage the wastes.
However, he added that the state Sanitation and Waste Management Board had also been repositioned for effective waste management.

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