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Environmental Sanitation Offenders to Face Sanctions – Oyo Govt Warns

By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Violators of Envirinmental laws in Oyo State particularly those caught dumping refuse indiscrinately within the Ibadan metropolis will be made to face the wrath of the law.
The Governor, through the state’s Head of Service, Mrs Amidat Agboola gave the warning on Monday during a meeting with stakeholders, held at the House of Chiefs, old Parliament Building in the state on ways to improve on environmental sanitation in the state.
Speaking at the stakeholders meeting, Agboola said the meeting was directed by the state governor, Mr Seyi Makinde who had directed that an ad-hoc committee to be put in place on sanitation issue in Ibadan and other major cities in the state.
According to her, the Governor noted that indiscriminate dumping of refuse has taken over in the state and initial policies by the former administration was yielding little or no impact, a reason the committee was set up.
Agboola, in the instance of the governor, therefore, stated that the present administration in the state has issued a zero tolerance to sewage dumping on the road or highways, warning that anybody caught dumping refuse on main road or highways would be sanctioned.
She also directed that people should patronise approved contractors for refuse collection, disclosing that, that tribunal on environmental sanitation adherence would be set up to control people.
“West African Energy has not been disengaged from refuse management and disposal. We have had new local contractors whose job are on the streets. The West African Energy is also given duty to transform the wastes to wealth through recycling and generation of energy from the wastes”, she stated.
In their grievances, environmental health officers and other stakeholders at the forum demanded that Governor Makinde, look into the activities of the West Africa Energy (the company in charge of waste collection in the state), adding that there was the need for the government to immediately declare a state of emergency on waste management in the state.
In an interview, the Chief Operating Officer of West African Energy, Mrs. Lolade Oresanwo thanked the state government for making efforts at making the state cleaner.
Oresanwo, however, called for compliance of people in the state towards ensuring that the state is cleaner saying: “We are presently working with companies especially the recycling companies as a way to generate wealth and generate energy from the wastes in the state.”
She said people misconstrued the company over dissatisfaction in services they render, saying that as part of effort to improve on their services, the ad-hoc committee has recommended the involvement of local government authorities in the scheme of things to yield better results.
In attendance at the meeting, include, Heads of Local Government Administration, ( HLA’s),Environmental Health Services Officers ad well as officials of the State government among others.

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