THE EMBARRASSING STATE OF REFUSE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL IN BENIN CITY
Refuse disposal and collection is a huge shame, disappointment and embarrassment in Benin City, the Edo State capital. Everywhere you go from the G.R.A to the slums, you are faced with improper packing of refuse at the side of people’s home. The government has been in a lingering imbroglio with private refuse disposal agencies saying her accredited refuse collectors are the only ones to do the job yet the people wait for many weeks even months to have their refuse collected hence leaving them at the mercy of birds and goats that make a mess of the packaged refuse left outside.
The residents themselves have a dirty nature irrespective of their social status. Benin City is a place where people litter the environment with impunity. Sachets and peels of fruits including cans are thrown off vehicles into the streets and roads without minding the implication.
If the people are health conscious and care about cleanliness, they would take proper care at packaging their refuse however how long it takes for the inactive accredited government disposal agencies to visit.
The government in itself ought to be proactive in resolving this mess by visiting Rivers and Lagos States including the FCT to acquire knowledge from their sister agencies on how they have had a near success in refuse disposal and collection rather than exhaust energy in fighting independent companies trying to clean up the city.