Following the poor performance of some of the refuse disposal contractors driving the Private Sector Participants (PSP) model in Delta State, the system is to be overhauled to make it more responsive to the cleaner Delta vision of the state government.
with members of the Indigenous Correspondents’ Chapel of the Delta State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Mr. Onogba said the Private Public Partnership was meant to ensure an effective waste disposal system, which required the operators going to the homes, offices and business premises of their clients to evacuate waste on a regular basis at a cost to the clients.
He noted that feelers from the field had confirmed that some of the PSPs lacked the capacity to cope with the job, leading to complaints of irregular evacuation of waste by residents due to the use of weak trucks, while some zones were completely not covered.
The Commissioner stated that the situation was inimical to the cleaner Delta vision of government, which was why a Committee chaired by him was set up before the dissolution of the State Exco to appraise the performance of the PSPs and make recommendations.
Mr. Onogba said the Committee’s recommendations were before the State Executive Council for approval, but pointed out that it would no longer be business as usual for the PSPs as they would be expected to show enough capacity to perform if they must remain in business.
He decried the refusal of some residents to register with the PSPs, attributing the continuous indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the cities to the engagement of the services of cart pushers by such individuals.
The Environment Commissioner said plans were underway for a team of officials to visit homes to enforce compliance with PSP registration and bring violators to justice, adding that PSPs known to have failed in their duty would also be prosecuted.
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