Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 March 2012

Nigeria: Kaduna Spends N96 Million Monthly On Refuse Evacuation

Kaduna — The Kaduna State government spends N96 million monthly on waste evacuation, the state's Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources in the state, Zakariya Shamaki, has said.

Shamaki, who disclosed this in Kaduna yesterday, said it was aimed at promoting proper sanitation. According to him, about 41 solid waste contractors were engaged by the state government for adequate waste evacuation while over 4,000 adhoc workers have been employed by the ministry in its efforts to alleviate poverty in the state.

"The state has been divided into lots and each contractor is handling a lot. Not fewer than eight contractors were terminated in 2010 for non-performance. Sometimes, the state spends lesser than N96million because there are some contractors who default, so we surcharge them and when that is done, the amount surcharged goes back to the government coffers as savings," he said.

The re-introduction of midweek and monthly sanitation according to him, are part of measures aimed at curbing indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

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