[FILES] A picture shows plastic waste and used sachets of basic necessities discharged into drainage canals and lagoons, a major cause of the city’s flooding and the spread of waterborne disease, at Obalende in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, on July 29, 2022. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)
The Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN) has inaugurated the Oyo State Chapter, tasking it to take charge of its destiny in conformity with the ethics of the association.
AWAMN President, Dr. David Oriyomi, at the ceremony in Ibadan recently, said it was important that they work in the best interest of the environment, stating that as an essential service provider, “we must aggressively deliver our services in the same aggression with which we drive the collection of our revenues.”
Stating that the industry was capital intensive, and highly sensitive to foreign exchange rates, the president noted that members were using naira to fund dollar-related costs, making it not a business for the faint-hearted.
He pledged support for the chapter, promising to avail them guidance, business support, local and international training, access to funding, national and international visibility through a recognised strong brand and strong affiliation to international reputable organisations.
Oriyomi called on the Oyo State government to give more attention to the waste and environmental sector in allocation of funds in their budgets.
He urged members to be mindful of the challenges before them as they were not in it alone, just as he asks them to show more than passing interest in government policies, especially those relating to the environment.
The president said they were pleased that in their pursuit of a national spread, they have the Oyo State Chapter as their latest addition, stating that they are currently in discussion with Kano, Imo, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States to mention as potential Chapters to further enlarge their State Chapters, comprising Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, and now Oyo State.
Responding, Chairman of the chapter, Mr. Babatunde Mosuro, called on waste contractors in the state still skeptical of the motive and intension of AWAMN, to join and avail them their capacity, expertise, networks, ideas and resources.
The former President, Refuse Contractors Association (RCA) of Oyo State, Comrade Stephen Ogundipe, enjoined members to observe the day not just as a day of victory for the association, but a time of celebration of freedom, symbolising an end and a beginning, renewal and a change.
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