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Economy: Ogun Government distributes resuse materials to support less-privileged citizens –Commissioner

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*The Ogun State Government says the recent distribution of resuse items was to ensure the residents of the state also give back to the less-privileged consumers in the society through its all-inclusive ‘Renew and Reuse Agenda’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of its all-inclusive social contract with its people, especially the less-privileged, the Ogun State Government (OGSG) flagged off the distribution of reuse materials for them to celebrate this year’s Easter and Eid-el-Fitr in order to bring smiles to their faces for the twin celebrations.

The state government noted that the Reuse items were donated from its earlier launched Renew and Reuse Waste Agenda, the authorities asked residents of the state to donate items.

Such items, the Ogun State Government explained, were considered waste, which might be useful to other especially the vulnerable people in the society.

The government indicated the Reuse items, such as clothes, shoes-both for adults and younger ones, toys and kitchen utensils, which had all gone through the state government renewal processes and certified fit for usage were given out to over 1,000 beneficiaries in the state.

Speaking while handing over the different items to them at the Abeokuta North Local Government Headquarters, Akomoje, Mr. Ola Oresanya, Honourable Commissioner for Environment, said the distribution of the items was the beginning of a long journey which started late last year and a dream come true at making sure that residents of the state gives back to the less-privileged in the society through the all-inclusive Renew and Reuse Agenda of the state government.

Oresanya disclosed the distributed items served as palliatives to reduce the hardship of the beneficiaries amid the economic downturn in Nigeria.

The Commissioner lauded the public-spirited individuals and groups that donated the items for being their brothers’ keepers at this auspicious time.

He further revealed that the distribution of such items and other ones as donated by residents of the state would hold in the remaining 19 local government council areas of the state in the not too distant dates.

According to him, the Ogun State Government, led by Governor (Prince) Dapo Abiodun will continue to be inclusive by encouraging people to donate to the Renew and Reuse Agenda through provision of more Collection Centres.

Oresanya as well noted that the state government would play its part by renewing the donated items so that together the less-privileged would be better lifted in the society.

As regards the efforts at encouraging the residents of the state to donate more items, Oresanya said the Ministry of Environment in conjunction with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and Rotary Club of Abeokuta, who are prime movers of the programme would reach out to more individuals, mosques, churches eateries, fuel stations, and local council authorities among others through placement of Collection Boxes on their premises so that many residents of the state could be part of this all inclusive programme.

In her remarks on the initiative, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon Motunrayo Adijat Adeleye, said distribution of the Reuse items came at the right time when the less-privileged needed the materials for the recent two celebrations.

The state government will not rest on its oars until the less-privileged are lifted to take their rightful position in the society.

Hon. Adeleye, therefore, called on public spirited individuals to donate items which they consider not useful to them to the Renew and Reuse Waste Agenda.

She assured that the state government would directly collect their donations, if they don’t want to put them in Collection Boxes near them for social, personal and cultural reasons.

ConsumerConnect reports the Renew and Reuse Waste Agenda of the Ogun State government was launched December 2023, to collect some items, such as clothes, shoes, toys, kitchen utensils, books which are considered wastes by some but are useful to others especially the less-privileged after they might have been renewed by the state government.

The programme also seeks to eliminate these items from finding their ways to the landfills, thereby making them useful to others who desire them as well reducing wastes coming to the landfills across the state.

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