In a groundbreaking development, lawmakers in Oyo state Assembly have strongly criticized waste contractor Mottanai Recycling Ltd. over a series of allegations of mismanagement and inefficiency in waste management. The lawmakers expressed their dissatisfaction with the company’s performance, particularly within the Ibadan metropolis, during a recent session.
Honorable Tunde Kehinde, among others, stated that Mottanai Recycling Ltd. was incapable of effectively managing waste and maintaining a clean environment in the state. In response to the concerns raised, the Speaker of the Oyo state House of Assembly, Honorable Adebo Ogundoyin, has instructed the House Committee on Environment and other relevant committees to conduct a thorough investigation into the waste management sector. They are expected to report back to the House within a reasonable timeframe.
One of the lawmakers, Honorable Olorunpoto Rahman, brought attention to the urgent need for the evacuation of solid waste in Oyo East/West LG areas to prevent environmental pollution, drainage blockage, and disease outbreaks. The motion highlighted the negative impacts of a polluted environment on human health and called on the executive arm of government to take immediate action.
The lawmakers raised several complaints against Mottanai Recycling Ltd., including the illegal impounding of waste collectors’ trucks and excessive powers granted to the company without any checks on its actions. Honorable Tunde Kehinde, representing Akinyele II, questioned the source of Mottanai Recycling Ltd.’s authority to act without accountability and declared that the state was too big for the company to effectively manage waste.
In response to the concerns raised, the Speaker, Honorable Ogundoyin, expressed confidence in achieving a cleaner and safer environment, considering the progress made in waste management in recent years. Nonetheless, he emphasized the need to urgently address the evacuation of solid waste in Oyo East/West LG and other local government areas to avoid environmental pollution, drainage blockage, and disease outbreaks.
The Speaker commended the lawmakers for their valuable contributions and directed the House Committee on Environment and other relevant committees to conduct a thorough investigation into waste management and disposal in the state. The aim is to prevent any potential epidemic outbreaks, especially in major markets such as Bodija.
Following discussions and amendments, the resolutions in the motion were adopted by the House, incorporating additional recommendations proposed by the lawmakers. The actions taken reflect the determination to address the challenges faced in the waste management sector and ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for all.