The Kwara Ministry of Environment and Forestry said on Tuesday that more private contractors had been engaged to ensure efficient disposal of refuse in the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Amasa Al-Amin, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin.
He said that there was need for additional contractors to enhance prompt refuse collection and disposal in the state in order to have a clean environment.
According to him, more people are interested in refuse collection, and the government has started engaging them.
The permanent secretary said that private contractors interested in refuse collection must have the capacity.
“A refuse collector must have a vehicle, necessary tools and materials, as well as most importantly personnel for the job,” he said.
Al-Amin said that one of the major causes of flood was improper disposal of refuse, which could be prevented to a large extent.
The permanent secretary called for a change of attitude among residents to achieve a clean environment in Kwara.
“Our attitude to life makes us who we are and what we become in life.
“People should stop accumulating refuse, rather, they should make use of the necessary things and avoid waste products, which will later end up as liability for them and the society at large,” he said.
The official advised residents in the state to cooperate with the refuse collectors by allowing them to do their job and pay the agreed fee promptly.
“There are cases of refuse collectors being harassed, while some are beaten up in the course of doing their jobs,” Al-Amin said