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Cape Gate, a waste management company established under a Private Public Partnership (PPP) with the Kano state government, has given the reasons why refuse litters on some flyovers and pedestrian bridges in Kano state.

PlatinumPost reports that there is an outcry from the public over indiscriminate dumping of refuse on some flyovers and pedestrian bridges in Kano city, the second-most populous city in Nigeria.

Residents of the ancient city particularly frowned at the attitude of dumping of refuse on the multibillion naira Aminu Alhassan Dantata flyover along Murtala Mohammed Way in the city.

However, in an exclusive interview with PlatinumPost, the Chief Operating Officer of Cape Gate, Bello Yakasai, attributed the problem to inadequate numbers of equipment, noting that the few ones at the company’s disposal are undergoing repairs.

According to him, lack of funds from the company’s financers equally inhibits the full operation of the company is the major reason why a heap of refuse are seen in some places in the city.

 

“For instance, Sabongari Market, where you see all those refuse, especially on the flyover along Ƴan Kura road, the management of the market has never paid a dime to us. We are yet to collect Kobo from them.

“The people in the state also are not paying for our services and we have not gotten funds from our financers. These are the reasons why we see some refuse in some parts of the city.

“For seven months, we have not collected a penny from Sabongari Market and it is where the refuse mostly come from,” he said.

The COO equally pointed out the lack of adequate staff as a bane, who according to him, some have withdrawal their services because they had not been paid since the takeover of the company, about seven months ago.

He however assured that the company would source funds to settle the outstanding salaries of its junior staff, just as he disclosed that the state government had promised to support the firm with some money to start settling the workers outstanding.

“We hope within this month, we would start paying them their salary as the state government had promised to support us with some funds.

“Very soon, they will be back to work. As you may notice, we are evacuating the refuse heaps around the city since Saturday. We will continue to evacuate all the refuse to make the town as clean as before,” he assured.

While assuring the payment of the salaries to the junior staff, as well as coming back to work in full capacity soon, Mr Yakasai also appealed to the general public to give maximum cooperation to the company.

He also appealed to organisations and individuals to start paying the company for the services it has rendered to them, noting that, “paying the dues is what will motivate us to serve the people.”

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