Kaduna State has disclosed that any unauthorized waste collectors, who also collect waste levies and are not registered with ZL Global Alliance (ZLGA) Nigeria Limited will henceforth be apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.
This is just as the state insist that only ZLGA Nigeria Limited is the authorized agent to collect waste in the three Senatorial zones for ease of operations and urged all independent waste collectors to register with ZLGA whom it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with since 2016.
This is disclosed at a joint meeting with management and key staff of ZLGA, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR), Kaduna State Internal Revenue Services (KADIRS) and the Private Sector Participants (PSP) in Kaduna, on Saturday.
The Executive Director, Finance and Administration of KADIRS, Ahmad Saliu said, the need to improve Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the state in order to have more funds to implement people oriented projects cannot be over-emphasised.
He said that it is to that effect, that the state government entered into partnership with the waste management company not only to help make the state clean and safe, but also to help in generating revenue from waste collection.
He added that under the new arrangement, no cash collection is allowed, “waste levies are to be paid through the use of Point of Sale (PoS) machine or directly through the bank, and only ZLGA is authorized to collect waste, while associated levies are to be collected by KADIRS.
“This will help to block leakages associated with indiscriminate collection of waste levies in the state, and henceforth whoever is caught collecting levies for waste collection from any house other than KADIRS will be made to face the law,” he said.
Also speaking, Director of Environment in the Ministry of Environment and Natural resources (MENR), Ahmed Salihu reiterated the commitment of the state government to having a cleaner environment through the engagement of ZLGA under which others must register so that Kaduna can have a structure to work with.
Salihu, who said the state government was satisfied with the services of the waste management company, further stressed that, no individual is allowed to collect revenue on behalf of the ministry or any other authority of state government, adding that while ZLGA is the only authorised agent to collect and manage waste, KADIRS is to collect associated levies.
Earlier, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of ZLGA, Abiola Bashorun said the meeting called at the instance of KADIRS is to among others review the company’s activities and also to sensitise everyone about the new revenue collection law of the State which stated that, no individual is allowed to collect revenue for government and no monies are to be paid in cash.
She disclosed that no fewer than 500 sanitary officers and men of the KASTELEA will help to ensure strict compliance to this arrangemen.
“We also want the PSP to know that ZLGA and State’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources have keyed into this law to create a better structure and effective waste management initiative in the state.
“This is aimed at curbing unnecessary payment of waste levies because the state government has observed that, there were some unauthorized waste collection companies going round houses collecting waste and levies indiscriminately.”