In a bid to enhance public safety and bolster state revenue, the Kwara State Government has announced its commitment to regulate the operations of scavengers across the state.
The decision was revealed by the State Commissioner for Environment, Mallam Shehu Ndanusa Usman, during a meeting with the Association of Scavengers at the Ministry Headquarters in Ilorin over the weekend.
According to a statement released by Yakub Kamaldeen Aliagan, the Ministry’s Press Secretary, Commissioner Ndanusa emphasized that the current administration, led by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, is concerned about the potential security risks associated with scavenger activities. Consequently, the Ministry of Environment has deemed it necessary to institute official regulations, including the mandatory registration of scavenger industries.
Expressing gratitude to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for fostering an enabling environment for scavengers, the State Chairman of the Association of Scavengers, Mallam Musa Umah, pledged the association’s commitment to operating within the bounds of the law. He also expressed a “readiness to collaborate with the government to promote a healthy living environment for the people of Kwara State”.
In her vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary, Hajia Afusat Ibrahim, appreciated the representatives from the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency (KWEPA), and the Association of Scavengers for their attendance at the meeting. She informed the association that the registration process would conclude on December 31, “with full enforcement scheduled to commence in January”.