Benin is equipping itself with solid waste management infrastructures

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The five communes of the Grand Nokoué (Cotonou, Porto-Novo, Abomey-Calavi, Sèmè-Podji and Ouidah) have various household solid waste management infrastructures. This initiative, which comes within the framework of the urban environmental management emergency project (Pugemu), is materialised by World Bank funding. These infrastructures consist of transfer centres, regrouping points and rolling equipment are estimated at an overall cost of 5.5 billion CFA francs, handed over on Tuesday 30 January 2018 to the mayors of those communes by the Minister of the framework of life and sustainable development, José Tonato.

This suitable material for solid waste management will allow the five communes to limit the negative impacts of these substances on the environment. This donation, which will also support the farms of these communes, comes only a few days after the closure of the urban environmental management emergency project. For Isidore GNONLONFOUN, acting Mayor of the city of Cotonou who spoke at the inauguration ceremony of the treatment centre, the Cotonou grouping points, the construction of these infrastructures constitutes an advance in the framework of environmental reforms. In spite of the important resources injected into the management of solid household waste, the pre-collection, transfer and treatment of these wastes are still problematic. Enough for him to commit to putting forward his responsibility in the use of infrastructures made available to the people. Lambert Koty, President and CEO of the urban works enforcement agency (Agetur), believes that the delivery of these infrastructures is the culmination of the efforts undertaken by all the actors for the optimal management of waste and the framework people's lives. Thus, he adds, thanks to the Pugemu, "the five cities are equipped with three modern transfer centres, 50 grouping points consisting of waste dump docks and reinforced concrete loading platform. For the transfer of waste, collection points to the treatment centre and treatment centres at landfills, the Pugemu has provided the five cities with ten roll-up trucks, that is to say, lifts, he explains.  "These truck amp rolls that have been handed over to the communes with the official commissioning of the regrouping points and transfer centres will have a real positive impact on the living environment and the daily lives of the people," rejoed Boulel Touré came representing the World Bank's resident representative in Benin. According to him, the World Bank trusts the various actors to ensure good management of these infrastructures that contribute to the well-being of the people and to the development effort in Benin.

For the Minister of environment and sustainable development, José Tonato, the integrated and development programme of the Grand Nokoué is a project built by the Pugemu on the geographical and environmental situation, announcing that this stage is the first in a series of this partnership project between the communes of the Grand Nokoué and the Beninese State. For this reason, it has invited economic interest groups, which are active in the field of solid waste management in the five beneficiary communes, to make good use of the infrastructures made available to the people. Speaking on behalf of his colleagues in the other communes, Georges Bada, Mayor of the municipality of Abomey-Calavi, promised an Orthodox use of these infrastructures with a view to better management of solid waste for the well-being of the inhabitants.

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