Ibadan can be the neatest city in Nigeria, says UI Lecturer
A Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ibadan, Dr. Abdulwasii Olabimiji Ajagbe has suggested pragmatic approaches which can be employed by the government to make Ibadan the neatest city in Nigeria.
The University Don who opined that there are three phases to Solid Waste Management viz; Generation and Storage, Collection and Transportation, and Treatment and Disposal, said that the indigenes of Ibadan could minimize waste products by making use of any for other useful purposes.
Dr. Ajagbe made this suggestion at the 28th Annual Arokodare Memorial Lecture with the title: Solid Waste Management in the City of Ibadan: A Pragmatic Approach, on Monday at Otunba Subomi Balogun Conference, University of Ibadan.
Speaking further, Engr Ajagbe said the government should also enlighten people more on the need to make the city clean and ensure the collection, transportation, and disposal of the wastes are well managed.
"Government could manage the way wastes and refuses are found all around in Ibadan by having ambassadors among the popular radio stations, presenters, religious leaders, traditional leaders, and transport workers. Each should make sure his domain is clean by sensitising the public and their members," He said.
Dr. Ajagbe who frowned at the inefficiency of some Waste Collectors in Ibadan, further suggested that the government of Oyo state should go for Public-Private Partnership Scheme to ensure more capable hands collect, transport, and dispose of the Solid Wastes.
"I used to know four dumping sites in Ibadan. But now, it seems to be only one. The one at Awotan. Some of these Waste Collectors, therefore, find it difficult to get to the dumping site and dump the wastes they collect on their way before they get to the dumping site. Government should look into this," He added.
Also speaking at the event was the Commissioner of Works and Transport in Oyo state, Professor Daud Ogundoyin who promised that the government of Oyo state would take to some of the propositions of the guest speaker in addition to their efforts to militate against the pyramid of wastes in Ibadan.
"Oyo state government is known for tackling issues with three things: Data, Science, and Logic. We will employ this triad to take into some suggestions of the Guest Speaker of the day," He said.
Also in attendance was the Chairman of the occasion, the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engineer Tasiu Saad represented by Engineer Ezekiel Odekunle, the Special Guest of Honour, Engr. Professor Abdulganiy Olayinka Raji, Chairman of NIMechE Ibadan Chapter, Engr Victor Ogunranti, and host of others.
There were Awards presentations to the Guest Speaker, Special Guest of Honour, and cash prizes to the best students in the department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ibadan and the Polythenic of Ibadan received by Elizabeth Egunjobi and Lateef Rokeeb Ademola respectively.
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