Abia Poised to Achieve Sustainable Waste Management System
Private Sector Participation Crucial to Achieving the Goal, Says SSA
The Abia State government has an oveririding goal of attaining sustainable waste management by involving private sector managers, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Alex Otti on Due Process, has said.
Dr Oluebube Chukwu told journalists in Umuahia yesterday that with the adoption of private sector participation(PSP), the era of garbage heaps littering the cities of Aba and Umuahia would become history.
He noted that the PSP in waste management was a well thought-out policy which would engender a very efficient waste management system in the state.
Dr Chukwu further elaborated on the benefits of PSP approach, saying that it would improve public waste areas, create job opportunities, boost the state’s economy, and contribute to overall cleaner and healthier Abia.
Waste management was one of the areas of concern that Governor Otti on assumption of office declared a state emergency and followed it up with a task force charged with waste management.
The governor’s aide, who was throwing more light on the ongoing move to push waste management into the hands of private sector manager, was informed by a vision of creating “a cleaner and healthier Abia”.
He explained that the process of integrating the private sector into building a sustainable waste management system would be achieved through a phased approach, adding that the first phase had been successfully completed.
Chukwu pointed out that the winning bidders for waste management contracts in the state had been categorized into three groups, namely, preferred, reserved, and second reserved bidders.
According to him, the preferred bidders, who emerged as the winners, were currently being notified and their engagement letters were undergoing review before the letters would be served on them.
The governor’s aide said that during the meeting with the six preferred bidders this new week, the performance benchmark would be discussed with them and the offer letter shared.
“At the meeting negotiations will be concluded so that they can commence work immediately,” he said.
The SSA commended Governor Otti for devising innovative strategies to tackle Abia’s waste management challenges, using the private sector participation as a pivotal strategy.
He hinted that the existing emergency taskforce responsible for waste management would cease to make way for the transition to private sector participants.