From MUSLIUDEEN ADEBAYO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has last Saturday revoked its contractual agreement with a waste collection firm, West Africa Energy, over alleged breach of the contractual terms.
Our correspondent gathered that Oyo State Government reached a partnership agreement with the company in 2016, during the administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi as Governor.
Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Kehinde Ayoola who made this announcement said that the “company has failed in its performance under the contract it signed with Oyo State Government, which is significant enough for the state to terminate the contract”.
Ayoola cited instances that Ibadan, the state capital has experienced unbearable heaps of refuse in the last four weeks, saying the company has not lived up to expectation in cleaning the city.
“Oyo State Government has deemed it fit to relieve the company of its duties, so as to ensure efficient waste management in the State.
“We have not sacked the PSPs. Rather; we would review their contracts, to ensure efficient waste management even as we shall add to the contractors so that the state could be well served”.
However, the waste collection firm while reacting denied any material breach of its waste management contract with the state government.
The company stated that the termination of its contract not only came as a rude shock but represents a breach of the procedure for the contract’s termination.
Its Chief Executive Officer, Paul O’Callaghan, in a statement added that the company is constrained to defend its integrity by responding to the announcement, terminating the contract with Oyo State Government due to material breach.
“We categorically deny any material breach of our contract and this is the first we have heard of any such matter. Subsequently, the company was invited to several meetings of the ad-hoc committee on waste management to give situation reports, perspectives and solutions to the menace of refuse collection and waste management in the state.
“In fact, the only mention of West Africa ENRG in the report stated that we have made tremendous achievements in regards to cleaning the city from the immediate post-election challenges”.