When the Kwara State governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq inaugurated a seven-member special task force on Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019 with the mandate to clean up Ilorin, the state capital in 72 hours, residents had thought that the impressive work done by the Kwara Waste Management Agency, KWMC, established by the administration of Dr. Bukola Saraki and sustained by his successor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed would subsist; and that the days of refuse heaps on the streets of Ilorin metropolis would never return.
What gave rise to this optimism was the assurance given by one of the members of environmental special task force, Mr. Yinka Bello who assured that the government of Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq had made provisions to ensure “proper and regular evacuation of refuse on streets after the expiration of the special team assignment.”
But the recent return of refuse heaps on the medians of major roads across Ilorin, even during the weekdays is given concerned residents a cause to worry on the now established fear that refuse dumps are returning to the city.
For instance, on the famous Ibrahim Taiwo, a major road in the State capital, it is common to see heaps of refuse almost on the full stretch of the road right from the Unity junction up to General roundabout, and on Olohunsogo road from Atiku junction to Geri Alimi roundabout. This reporter observed that heaps of refuse are usually found on the median of the dual carriageway.
These areas, especially Taiwo road, are highly commercialised, which explains the indiscriminate dumping of refuse at different spots. Refuse dumps are also a common sight at different spots on Oja Oba road, Surulere, Offa Garage as well as Murtala Muhammed road.
In most cases, it was observed that refuse heaps were left uncleared for several days, thus given rise to the fear expressed by residents of a potential breakout of widely spread diseases, especially cholera.
Residents who spoke to our correspondents bemoaned the glaring absence of road sweepers who hitherto maintained the roads. Some others said the strategy for refuse control and disposal in Ilorin had not met their expectations, especially with the initial readiness displayed by the current government to address the problem.