By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Oyo State House of Assembly has summoned the state commissioner for Environment, Mr. Isaac Ishola to appear before it in its next sitting to explain certain issues relating to the unhygienic environmental situation in the state..
The development followed a motion titled: “Urgent Need to Improve on Environmental Hygienic and Sanitary Condition in Oyo State,” moved by Hon. Segun Ajanaku during the House plenary on Tuesday.
The lawmaker in the motion decried the present condition of environment in the state, calling on the Assembly to critically examine the current method of waste management in the state with a view to appeal to relevant government ministry/department to adopt more plausible methods that would add value and improve the health status of the people.
Hon. Ajanaku said the need to improve on the environment and health status of the people informed the motion. “The state government has been making a lot of efforts and expended huge amount of money on the environment status in the state, but there has not been improvement, adding that it was imperative to work out some measures to ensure a hygienic environment.
“We are also looking at situations where the collection and dumping of refuse will be properly managed.”
Contributing to the issue, another lawmaker, Hon Bimbo Oladeji, representing Ogbomoso North constituency while commending the mover of the motion berated the commissioner on the unhygienic status of environment in the state, saying despite the huge amount of money given to the ministry monthly by the government, the state has not improved hygienically.
Hon Oladeji, then moved a motion for consequent invitation of the commissioner to appear before the Assembly in its next sitting to explain his role on the matter. The motion was however seconded by Hon. Bolanle Agbaje.
While the motion enjoyed the support of members during their contributions, the Speaker, Hon Joshua Olagunju Ojo said it was necessary the Assembly adopts the resolves to invite the commissioner to appear before the Assembly in two weeks to discuss the issue.