DELTA State Waste Management Board has inaugurated a Task Force to put an end to indiscriminate dumping of refuse on public roads, ensure efficient and effective service delivery among approved Private Sector Participants (PSPs) and enforce compliance in the payment of services delivered by the PSPs to the members of the public.
The Chairman of the board, Ogbueshi Douglas Okolotu, in his speech during the inauguration exercise in his Asaba office, said that the task force is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring effective policing of environment in Asaba Capital Territory and environs in order to stop indiscriminate dumping of refuse and to arrest and prosecute offenders.
The task force, he said, is also mandated to visit various zones assigned to the PSPs to ascertain work efficiency and to enforce sanitation laws compliance in the areas, and to ensure that the payment of services rendered are made to the designated banks and not through collection.
Ogbueshi Okolotu advised the task force not to go beyond their terms of engagement and to desist from any act that is contrary to the law establishing them.
For operational efficiency and effectiveness, he said that the Board has produced numerous public enlightenment campaigns through the use of jingles to further sensitise the public.
The member representing Delta North Senatorial District in the Board, Mr. Jude Onya stressed on the importance of effective enforcement of sanitation laws by the task force and the dangers of engaging in corrupt practices, especially, illegal collection of money from defaulters, saying, ‘‘no task force should collect money from any defaulter; that is not the idea for the formation of the body,’’ he said.
He further pointed out that the task force is on temporary service, adding that those who excelled would be promoted into the new permanent task force that would soon be formed by the state Ministry of Environment, Local Government and the Board.