By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) to enforce the emission control regulation in the State so as to protect residents from adverse health hazard caused by the release of carbon-monoxide and hydrocarbons into the atmosphere.
The passage of the motion into resolution at the plenary presided over by Speaker Suraju Ishola Adekunbi followed a motion moved by the sponsor and a member representing Obafemi-Owode State Constituency. Hon. Tunde Sanusi, seconded by Hon. Jimi Otukoya and supported by the whole House through a voice vote.
Earlier, while opening debate on the motion, Hon. Sanusi stated that it was important to accord high priority to the wellbeing of the citizenry in accordance with Section 20 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, explaining that high level of emission was dangerous to the environment.
Corroborating, other members including the Majority leader, Hon. Adeyinka Mafe, Adeyemi Harrison, Adebiyi Adeleye, Ganiyu Oyedeji, underscored the need to immediately step up measures to control the high rate of industrial emission in the State to address the damage it could cause to the overall wellbeing of the people.
Also speaking, the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo as well as Honourables Akinpelu Aina and Rasaq Oduntan, posited that the State, being the new industrial hub of the nation required proactive measures to control the rate of industrial emission to prevent further depletion of the ozone layer.