The Ekiti State Government has procured four waste compactor trucks
worth several millions of naira as part of steps geared towards
ensuring a hygienic and safe State.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti while handing the trucks over to the State Waste
Management Authority (EKWMA), the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi
said the procurement became necessary following indiscriminate
disposal of waste by residents of the State capital which may cause 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
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 Authority 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
He disclosed that the Authority would soon extend waste collection to
other major towns in the State and this would create job opportunities
as the scope of EKWMA expands.