Imo State House of assembly had during its plenary last Tuesday 5th May passed a bill seeking the separation of waste Management from Imo ENTRACO.
The bill which had passed its third reading which waits for the consent of the Executive is aimed at reducing the burden of Entraco.
Recall, that recently, the Imo State Governor constituted a task force committee and assigned them with the responsibility of evacuating dirts even when the ENTRACO chairman, still remains the administrative head.
A source from the government revealed to this paper that the action of the Governor in constituting the said task force was formed following the out-cry in Imo that dirts had taken control of the cities.
Probably to back up that action of the governor with laws, the Imo State House of Assembly moved for the enactment.
The Imo State House of Assembly has passed a law seeking to ensure a cleaner environment by separating the duties of waste management from the Environmental Transformation Commission, ENTRACO, thereby creating an agency to ensure collection and disposal of wastes as well as punishing those who indiscriminately dispose of wastes thereby creating a dirty environment in the state.
The Bill for a Law to Establish the Imo State Waste Management Agency and other related matters was sponsored by the Majority Leader, Amb. Uche Ogbuagu representing Ikeduru State Constituency.
Under the new law, offenders who indiscriminately dispose of waste in places other than the designated spots, thereby causing a filthy environment are to be made to pay a fine of N20,000 or a term of imprisonment or both.
The Chief Sponsor of the bill, Amb. Uche Ogbuagu said the Waste Management Agency is very important as it will help to take care of the environment and make it safe for habitation. According to him, the agency will now take charge of the responsibility of environmental waste management in the state, mobilize local government authorities for environmental cleanliness, collect and dispose of wastes, designate waste collection centers as well as charge tariff or rates for waste collection. The Agency, according to him, will also license individuals or firms to take part in waste collection and management. Speaking on the benefit of creating such an agency, the lawmaker said it would help the government to turn waste into wealth and create a cleaner environment.
The bill was supported by lawmakers such as Hon Michael Njoku, Hon Mrs. Ngozi Obiefule, Hon Kennedy Ibeh and Hon Johnson Iheanukara Duru. Others were Hon Obinna Okwara and the Deputy Speaker, Hon Amarachi Chyna Iwuanyanwu.
The executive bill which passed through Second Reading was read for the third time, passed into law and sent to the Imo State Governor for assent