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Edo apprehends two persons for indiscriminate refuse disposal, intensifies campaign for clean environment

19 Jun 2023

Officials evacuating waste from Oba Market in Benin City.

The Edo State Government has intensified the ‘Clean Edo’ campaign, aimed at ending indiscriminate disposal of waste across the State and ensuring a cleaner and healthier environment.

Addressing journalists after the arrest, the General Manager of Edo State Waste Management Board, Mr. Osadebamwen Charles Imariagbe, said the board has apprehended two persons for flouting the government’s directive against indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

He added that the government is determined to ensure the State is clean as measures have been deployed to ensure all citizens comply.

He said, “Few weeks ago, we launched the “#Edo Must Be Clean” Campaign, embarking on sensitization rallies along with the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to let the people know that indiscriminate refuse disposal in the State will no longer be tolerated as modality has already been put in place to arrest anyone that violates the regulations.

“Some people were caught dumping refuse indiscriminately and they will face the law. These persons were arraigned before a magistrate. We will continue to go around the city.

“We have notified people through various communication channels but they still dump refuse at these places despite the warnings. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. Anyone caught will face the law. Edo must be clean, as we all should work together to make this possible.”

Imariagbe added, “Among those arrested, one person was convicted at the mobile court.”

Speaking to journalists, Imade Smart, a trader in Oba Market, Benin City, said some persons are in the habit of dumping refuse at the markets at odd hours, adding, “We are doing our best to monitor them and assure that any person caught will be handed over to the relevant authorities for prosecution.”

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