Ilorin — The Kwara State Government is to boost its Clean and Green Programme with 10 additional compactors and 30 "ro-ro bins" in order to cope with the increasing volume of waste in the state occasioned by the expanding population of Ilorin.
The State Commissioner for Environment and Forestry, Barr. Anthony Towoju, who disclosed this in Ilorin said the additional equipment were being procured due to increased volume of waste generation and the attendant pressure on the government's environmental programme.
Towoju said the new compactors and ro-ro bins would significantly enhance the government's capacity to keep Ilorin and other parts of the state clean and sanitary.
He said, "Ilorin has recorded increased population in recent years and this has increased refuse generation but we are taking proactive steps to cope with the situation. Last year, we refurbished 30 ro-ro bins and an additional 30 and have placed an order for another 30 which will be delivered shortly. We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that we sustain the Clean and Green Programme in line with our policy thrust and principle of continuity."
The commissioner also announced plans to engage more private refuse collectors to support those already operating in those areas of the metropolis such as GRA and Tanke where ro-ro bins had been withdrawn under the Ministry's Public Private Partnership scheme.