The Kogi Government on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited for the supply of refuse bins.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Arike Ayoade, signed the MoU on behalf of the Kogi Government, while the company’s Sales Manager, Mr Kosy Maduanusi, signed on behalf of the company.
The MoU, which would be assessed at Zero VAT of 50 per cent loan facility, would ensure that different sizes of dustbins ranging from 240 litres and 120 litres for a household; and 660 litres for business premises to 60 litres for offices.
In her speech, Arike commended the company for its willingness to collaborate and help the state to get rid of refuse.
She said that when the present administration came on board, the whole Lokoja and suburbs were in filthy condition because residents had turned the streets into a dumping ground.
“I am happy I have a clean copy of the MoU here with me and I feel proud as a representative of the government to append my signature on the MoU on behalf of Kogi State Government, ” Arike said.
In her remark, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, said the MoU would be assessed at Zero VAT of 50 per cent loan facility to solve the problem of indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the state.
“We thank his Excellency for giving the approval. This agreement is a revolving loan cycle where the state puts up an initial amount and the company supplies sanitary bins in different categories, based on our needs per time,” Osikoya said
The commissioner, however, said that the dustbins which would come in 240 & 120 litres for household, 660 litres for business premises, and 60 litres for offices, would not be free for residents.
The company’s Sales Manager, Maduanusi, who signed on behalf of the director, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the MoU was meant to bring out the company’s products of world class quality to the state.
He said that it would also ensure that the state is clean to support the blueprint agenda of the present administration.
Maduanusi said the products would be delivered in the next 20 days from now.