At least six shops, including a food canteen and a butcher’s shop were sealed on Thursday along Old Ife road and Gbagi area in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital for flouting the State’s environmental Sanitation and Waste Management Law.
The act was in accordance with the recent agreement made by Stakeholders during an advocacy programme on environmental laws organised by Oyo State Government to leverage on environmental laws in its bid to ensure a healthy and safe environment.
Oyo State government held a stakeholders advocacy meeting on Tuesday 16th July at the House of Chiefs in Ibadan, where various groups and government representatives deliberated on ways forward to put a stop to indiscriminate waste disposal, where participants charged the Seyi Makinde-led administration to step up enforcement exercise among other solutions to the menace of filthy environment.
The Director of Environmental Health Officers for the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Sanitarian Olusoji Oyewole who led the enforcement team during the weekly environmental sanitation within Ibadan environs, said it was surprising that despite the campaign efforts of the present administration against the scourge of filth and maintenance of healthy and safe environment, some shop owners were still violating the environmental regulation.
He further warned traders, shop owners, motorists and the general public to desist from violating the sanitation laws which include dumping of refuse indiscriminately, construction of shanties on drainage, display of wares and food items at the road set back and under high – tension wires among others as mobile court would soon be established to prosecute residents that violate environmental sanitation law in the state
“It is disheartening that despite the efforts of the State government to bring to a halt, the culture of filth through indiscriminate refuse dumping, lackadaisical attitude to environmental exercise on Thursdays and other regulations, some are still found doing same.
“All these regulations are for our own good. We will spend less on maintenance of our health and you will see that the government’s strive to make the State an investor friendly will be successful.
“The mobile court that will see to immediate dispensation of justice to environmental
Mr. Oyewole therefore enjoined all and sundry to embrace cleaningness as environmental issue is a collective responsibility.
Oyo Govt. Kicks Against Environmental Saboteurs In Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Saturday said it has the mandate to enforce the Environmental sanitation laws, stressing that it would henceforth wield the big stick of the law against saboteurs of Environmental exercises in the State.
The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Rt. Hon. Kehinde Ayoola stated this while monitoring the Monthly environmental sanitation exercise observed in Ibadan, the state capital.
Speaking to some traders, the Commissioner said, “Oyo State Government is putting in so much to ensure that our environment is clean, and we would not tolerate any form of sabotage against this process. Enough is enough”.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju, he said the State Government was taking proactive steps to stop unhealthy waste disposal in the State through the revamping of some dump-sites.
Appealing to residents, especially traders to cooperate with the State Government, the Commissioner said, “We appeal to our people to please co-operate with the Engr. Seyi Makinde led administration. We have transited into a new waste management era and we would start experiencing community-based waste management system, which involves them playing their roles during sanitation exercises like this.”
In addition, Ayoola promised that the State Government would take seriously, the business of enforcement, saying the exercise would be extended to other parts of the State, in due course.
All we are asking for, is that our people should comply with the State Government’s laws. And we promise, that after proper check on refuse disposal in the State, Oyo State Government would take the next giant step of turning our wastes to wealth.
Though, today’s exercise did not restrict vehicular movements, traders, shops and business complexes whose goods and wares were displayed during the sanitation hours have been sanctioned.
The team of Environmental Health Officers led by the Permanent Secretary visited major markets in Ibadan such as Bodija, Oje, and Bere.
FG, US Govt Launch Special Campaign On Eradicating HIV/AIDS
The Federal Government of Nigeria and United States Government have led a campaign, code named “you equals you” aimed at eradicating the HIV and AIDS pandemic in Nigeria through active community participation.
The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Olokun Lawal and the US Deputy Chief of Mission Kathleen Fitzgibbon during the launch on Monday informed that Nigeria has made great progress in reducing HIV prevalence from 4.4 percent in 2005 to 1.4 percent in 2018.
They, however solicited support of communities to stop stigmatisation and encourage more people to know their status and be placed on treatment.
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Oyo: Makinde declares emergency on waste management, says waste disposal an eyesore
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Monday declared a State of Emergency on refuse collection and waste management in the state.
The Governor, who was speaking at an extraordinary meeting held inside the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan, said that waste management has become a matter of emergency which he said is the business of all political appointees, the Permanent Secretaries and the workforce.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted Makinde as saying that poor waste management could have wider implications on the state of health of individuals in the state, adding that if care was not taken, the health situation of people in the state may worsen.
He said: “I am sure that most of you must have gone through our state and have noticed that as far as our solid waste management is concerned, we are all living in the midst of filth basically. I have listened to the Honourable Commissioner for Environment and Chairman of the Solid Waste Management Authority and I am not satisfied with what I have got.
“Apart from these wastes being an eyesore, it also has wider implications as far as health is concerned, because when you have a filthy environment, all kinds of health challenges will come in. So, what has to be done is, we need to declare an emergency on our solid waste management. So, it is a big issue for all of us and we have to take the bull by the horn. We have to take leadership.
“What I have asked to be done is to, first of all, mobilize all resources possible and we will all be out this evening (Monday evening) to do the cleanup and supervise it. We will close early today and at 8’O clock, we are going to Mapo Hall. We have trucks and have mobilized workers and we will take off.”
He stated that he had last participated in such an emergency as the Head Boy of his Secondary School, Bishop Phillips Academy, Ibadan, adding that he never thought he could be leading another emergency as Governor.
He warned that no one should misconstrue the exercise for showmanship, adding that a serious issue like waste disposal has to be taken with all seriousness.
He also stated that some elements within the state have specialised in littering the streets with refuse, adding that the state government would stop at nothing to overwhelm their antics.
He said: “This is not for showmanship but a serious challenge that we have. If we don’t do it, I can bet that a few weeks down the line, we will see the impact at our hospitals. Though it’s a short term thing, we just have to do it. I have also heard that there are saboteurs who neatly arrange thrash on the median. Well, I wish them luck because we now have security personnel involved and anyone caught importing waste to Oyo State will be dealt with according to our environmental laws.
“I believe, from our projection, that within the next three to four weeks, we should have a permanent solution in place, a model that will be sustainable and that will also be full-proof for the saboteurs. Seriously, I honestly don’t understand why somebody will want to do this kind of thing to his or her own State.
“Some people said they have set some traps. Why are they setting traps? We are going to spend money, we will spend resources and spend a serious level of time to do all of these to move the state forward.
“Think about the overall well-being of the State. Let us utilize the resources that we have judiciously. I know they are sending money to import the waste. We are going to clean it up and put security on alert but that energy and money, which I know they stole from Oyo State, they should do something meaningful with it; they should create jobs for the people of Oyo State with it.”
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