By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed the appointment of Dr. Abdullateef Idowu Oyeleke as the new commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources in the state.
The state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde had last week forwarded the name of Dr Oyeleke to the Assembly for screening in order to replace Late Hon. Kehinde Ayoola who died recently.
Dr Oyeleke was confirmed by the Lawmakers after appearing in the House for screening.
Dr. Oyeleke during the screening said Environment matters is provided for under section 20 of the 1999 Nigeria Consitution (as amended), just as he decried the indiscriminate disposal of refuse and waste in some parts of the state.
When asked about his plans on Waste -Wealth management, he said Governor Seyi Makinde has already approved the rehabilitation of dumpsites in other to boost the state’s Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) which he will surely leverage on.
Responding to questions from the lawmakers on illegal erection of Kiosks, shops and structures in the state, Dr Oyeleke described the development as a “negative factor to the environment”.
He added that the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources would set up a task force that will specifically look into the issues of investigating those behind the illegal approval of those lands in order to forestall the illegal acts.
He promised to make sure the ministry is proactive such that it will make members of staff alive to their responsibility and work in tandem with other agencies.
Dr. Abdullateef Idowu Oyeleke was born in 1969 in Atiba local government area of Oyo state. Until his appointment, Oyeleke served as the Chairman, Oyo Community and Social Development Agency (OYCSDA).