…closes 3 churches over noise pollution
In line with the Oyo State Government’s resolve to maintain clean and safer environment, over 500 environmental offenders have been arraigned in the court for various offences, while efforts are on to apprehend more.
The state’s Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Issac Ishola made the disclosure yesterday, during an inter-ministerial press briefing, held at the state’s Ministry of Information.
The commissioner further disclosed that in order to ensure efficiency in the environmental management, the state government also engaged 100 number of YES-O cadets, to complement the existing workforce, adding that two mobile courts were as well established.
He said the environmental offenders arraigned in court ranged from 400 street traders, 250 waste disposal offenders, 2 poulty farmers, 4 illegal domestic animal rearers, 1 piggery farmer and plank traders at the recently closed Temidire Plank Market.
In the area of erosion and flood control, the commissioner informed that his ministry has been active in carrying out its activities such as inspection and control of drainage facilities, enforcement of building codes, set-backs and dredging of 36 within Ibadan metropolis.
He added that the development became imperative in order to minimise the impacts of the flood incident that affected many areas in the state.
Mr. Ishola also said that as many as over 200 industries have been monitored this year in the state, while about 12 facilities were sanctioned by way of sealing up, provision of remedial measures and community social responsibilities.
He, however, disclosed that in order to drive home strict compliance with air and noise pollution laws, the state government also sealed up three churches for flagrant contravention of the law.