Rain, rain, go away.
Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day, little children want to play. Do you remember the song we grew up with when the rains come?
This is another wake up call to all of us to remember that it is our habits and negligence that causes the flooding which happens during the rainy season. The rains will not go away and the little children might as well play indoors!
Ilorin has experienced a disastrous case of flooding this year already. If that much damage could be experienced at Ajasse-Ipo road with goods and properties washed as far as Unity Road, there is every reason to be concerned.
No other creature is known to generate as much waste as the average person. How we dispose of the generated waste is another story all together. Gone are the days when we did not have waste disposal vehicles or services.
Now that we have at a cost of less than twenty Naira a day, do we have any excuses for improper waste disposal? Most waste disposal service providers charge about five hundred Naira a month.
It is unimaginable that in 2014, some residents of Ilorin defaecate in black polythene bags which they dump into the gutters. People pack baskets and bags of refuse and drop them on the streets just a few metres from their own homes. What about the feelings of the recipients of this unsolicited “gifts”?
As long as we continue to generate waste, it is our responsibility to properly dispose of them at least to prevent putting ourselves and others in the danger of epidemic outbreaks or flooding caused due to blocked drain ways.
As much as some still have a case for the non availability of public refuse bins, they should be aware that other areas of the metropolis have private waste operators who pick the refuse which they have neatly kept in their houses before the scheduled pick up days. There is no excuse for being a nuisance to other residents.
Another group that has constituted a menace is the transit consumers. They buy food and water at point A, consume such items while going to point B and drop the refuse anywhere along the way in between both points.
It is a common sight in Ilorin to see commuters flinging out the sachet of consumed water or food wrapping on the street from moving vehicles. Can you imagine a motorist rolling down the side glass of his air-conditioned car to throw out an empty bottled water container?
Why do we find it difficult to buy our water, consume it at the point purchase and drop the sachet in the dustbin provider by the seller? Couldn't we ask the hawker to wait for two minutes so that we can give her the empty sachet?
Why do we need to take food wrapping when we would immediately consume the item and litter the street just a few steps away? Were we not taught that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness?
In this age of heavy use of plastic and its derivatives for packaging from pure Water to food wrapping, drastic measures are required to enforce proper disposal of waste. We have been enlightened enough about the fact that plastic waste never decompose and permanently cause the block of drains and waterways.
Unfortunately, sanitary inspectors have been totally inefficient in this primary area of their operation. The rather resort to cajoling or outright extortion of money from offenders who are immediately let off the hook.
There was a funny case that happened at Sabo Oke last year. The inspector charged the Buka (Local Restaurant) owner for operating in a dirty environment. He even stressed that the food had been rendered unfit for human consumption. alas, after much haggling between both parties over how much would be required to “settle” the matter, and realizing that no money was going to be paid, the inspector requested for a fully loaded plate of the same food he had initially declared as unfit for human consumption.
What about the part to be played by building regulatory authorities. Should we ever have a situation of buildings obstructing natural water ways talk less of drains? Should shops extend their display of wares to wooden slaps placed on gutters, knowing full well that the generated waste needs to be properly disposed instead of thanking God for rains that will wash them down the street?
In my part of Ilorin, the waste disposal trucks come even on public holidays! It is high time we undertake a critical evaluation of our urban lifestyles and live up to our environmental responsibilities instead of blaming the government or service providers for calamities caused by our own willful negligence.
Keep on keeping on! »
Jackie Appiah »