Kaduna State Government has disclosed that any unauthorized waste collector. who also collects waste levies and are not registered with ZL Global Alliance Nigeria Limited will henceforth be apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.
This is just as the state insists that only ZL Global Alliance Nigeria Limited is authorized agent to collect waste in the three Senatorial zones for ease of operations and urged all independent waste collectors to register with the ZL Global Alliance whom it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with since 2016.
This was reiterated shortly after a joint meeting with management and key staff of ZL global alliance, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR), Kaduna State Internal Revenue Services (KADIRS) and the Private Sector Participants (PSP) at the weekend in Kaduna to fine tune necessary steps towards ensuring that all relevant independent waste collectors in the state are equally carried along in the new arrangement.
Earlier, 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, stressing, that it was with such thinking in mind, that the state government went into partnership with the waste management company to help in not only helping to make the state clean and safe, but to also help in generating revenue from waste collection.
He urged 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 ZL global alliance 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.
Also speaking, director of Environment in the ministry of Environment and Natural resources (MENR) in the state, 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 the state can have a structure to work with.
The Director, who said the state government was satisfied with the services of the waste management company, also further stressed that, no individual is allowed to collect revenue on behalf of the ministry or any other authority of Kaduna 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 which was called at the instance of KADIRS was to among others review the company’s activities and also to sensitise everyone about new revenue collection law of Kaduna State which states that, no individual is allowed to collect revenue for the government and no monies are to be paid in cash.
“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 Kaduna 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. The new law says the waste belong to the government and you cannot say you are part of the government business without being with government.
“We are now saying come and register with ZLGA and key into the strategy of this revenue collection. Nobody is loosing his job. Nobody is loosing his area. All we are trying to do is to help the government to put structure in place in the interest of the good people of the state and for revenue to be properly generated”she explained.
She disclosed that no fewer than 500 sanitary officers and men of the KASTELEA will help to ensure strict compliance to this arrangement and called on independent waste collectors in the State to register with ZLGA for effective coordination and engagement.