Filth Take Over Asaba as Residents and Refuse Collectors Clash over Price Increase
By Barth Ndego
LAGOS OCTOBER 27TH (URHOBOTODAY)- Refuse has taking over Delta State capital, Asaba as residents and members of the Private Sector Participants (PSPs) a body charged with the responsibility of managing domestic generated filth in Asaba and its environs continue to trade blames over charges for flit collection.
Investigation revealed that refusal of the members of the public to stop patronizing the services of the PSPs, may deepen their already bad blood relationship if indications to increasing the filth charges by PSPs are anything to go by.
Expectedly, PSPs leadership has redesigned its charges from N500 to N700, and recently allegedly N1, 000, a situation the customers said they cannot afford.
But the State Chairman of the Waste Management Board, Chief Douglas Okolotu in swift reaction, said there was need for the increase considering given the critical periods Nigerians are currently faced with.
He said,”I think the increase is fair for the workers to be able to manage the filth very well, the customers should co-operate with PSP. It will be recalled that the Joint Committee/Stakeholders in filth management and Supervision of PSPs were recently re-positioned to effectively manage the evacuation of filth in Asaba and its environs.
Barely three days after the zoning arrangement, some members of the PSPs who allegedly reported to their new duty posts, were shocked and embarrassed with the increase in evacuation of filth, an action their customers swiftly rejected, threatening to stop patronizing them.
It was gathered that the decision of the PSPs to increase the price for evacuation of household generated refuse, may stir up serious controversies if steps are not take by stakeholders to resolve the differences.
Some of the customers, one of them Mrs. Mary Chidi who spoke to our reporter, decried the method of payment for evacuation services as barbaric and unacceptable, adding that N300 for a bedroom apartment and N500 two bedroom apartment was on the high side. She said, “customers cannot afford payment of evacuation of our refuse, it is too much for us here in Asaba, and things are very expensive.”