Oyo State chapter of Action Democratic Party (ADP) has raised an alarm over imminent outbreak of cholera and other diseases that can cause untimely deaths in Ibadan, the state capital.
The party called on Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state to take charge of refuse disposal in Ibadan to save the city from imminent epidemic outbreak.
ADP, in a statement signed its Director of Publicity, Alhaja Omolola Adiamo, a copy which was obtained by DAILY POST on Monday, said it is high time the Governor took charge because the city is under threat of being drowned by mountains of refuse that is taking over the sprawling city.
Adiamo said the present system of refuse disposal in Ibadan has failed and exposes the population of the city to diseases and untimely death.
She said, “No one in Ibadan can pretend any further that the existing waste disposal system has failed and that the people face the threat of an epidemic outbreak”.
She added that the system leaves waste uncollected for days and weeks, which has turned the city to an eye sore.
ADP said the system should be reviewed to involve private and public sectors with government playing the lead role because waste disposal is the responsibility of government.
The party advised that the Oyo State Government should explore the waste-to-wealth strategy to convert the enormous waste in the city of four million people to wealth for the people and the state.
“After almost eight years in office, it is ridiculous that the present government lacks the clue on how to keep Ibadan clean.
“We keep wondering why the only refuse disposal vehicles in sight are only the ones purchased by the Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala Administration.
“The Ajimobi Administration should audit the architecture of refuse disposal in Oyo State including available resources and review its refuse disposal model so that it can meet the expectations of the people.
“More importantly, it should take immediate action to prevent an epidemic outbreak and untimely death for the people.
“ADP will also vigorously pursue a Waste-to-Wealth model that will take advantage of the unique waste component of the ancient city.”