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Waste management: Ekiti procures multi-million naira compactor trucks

….To commence House-to-House waste collection

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi yesterday inaugurated four waste compactor trucks worth, several millions of naira, for use in the Ado-Ekiti metropolis, as part of steps geared towards ensuring a hygienic and safe capital city.

Speaking in Ado Ekiti while handing the trucks over to the State Waste Management Authority, Governor Fayemi said the procurement became necessary following indiscriminate disposal of waste by residents of the State capital, a situation he said could lead to an outbreak of diseases if not properly curtailed.

The Governor added that the newly procured trucks would help the Waste Management Authority discharge its duties effectively and discourage citizens’ indiscriminate disposal of wastes in the drains and water channels.

Dr Fayemi noted that his administration had de-silted water channels and drainages in order to prevent flooding yet some residents preferred to dump refuse in the drains, leading to the blockage of many water channels and drainages.

Receiving the keys to the trucks, the Sole Administrator of the EKWMA, Mr Bayo Kelekun, said the agency would now begin a house-to-house collection of waste so as to prevent residents from littering the streets of Ado Ekiti with waste.

Kelekun who said the State capital has been divided into four zones in order to make waste collection easier, urged residents to cooperate with government in ensuring a clean Ado Ekiti; adding that proper waste management would help in curtailing the spread of some airborne diseases.

He disclosed that the agency would soon take delivery of more truck as well as extend the waste collection to other major towns in the State, adding that this would create job opportunities as the scope of EKWMA expands.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.