Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has frowned on the poor approach to environmental sanitation in Ibadan metropolis, appealing to residents of the state to properly dispose their waste.
The governor disclosed that he had directed the agencies in charge to ensure strict compliance with environmental sanitation measures, stating that his government will not hesitate to invoke the full arm of extant laws against any erring person or groups of people on the issue of environmental sanitation.
He stated these in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa,
“The state of environmental sanitation and waste disposal within the state capital is disturbing, and should give all the people a major concern as health is wealth”, he said.
Makinde added that the indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the medians of major roads of the state capital had become worrisome and should be of concern to everybody that “cares about the hygiene of the people and the sanitation of the environment. This unwholesome act could constitute health hazard to the teeming populace of the city”.
He further informed that the government had started evacuating the existing waste along the road medians and other wrong places, warning that the old ways of dumping refuse along the highways and other unapproved places must stop immediately.
Governor Makinde observed that indiscriminate refuse disposal is a major cause of flooding, building collapse and other devastating disasters, adding that a veritable means of preventing the occurrence of such disasters “is to desist from this obnoxious act.”
He, therefore, warned residents to make use of refuse collection drums and/or register with refuse collectors assigned to their areas.
Over 200 Kidnap Victims Regain Freedom In Zamfara – Police
The Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Mr Usman Nagogo says over 200 victims of kidnap have been received from their abductors in the last three weeks in the state.
Nagogo made this known at a news conference in Gusau on Monday.
The police chief said the bandits willingly returned and handover the victims to him as the leader of a peace and reconciliation initiative recently set up by Governor Bello Matawalle.
He explained: “Since the beginning of the peace and reconciliation initiative team assignment about three weeks ago now, we have received over 200 kidnap victims from Fulanis and Yansakai.
“We have sat with all the warring factions and they have understood that peace is the most important aspect of growth and development which is why they willingly return the victims,
“and await the promise made by the governor to re-establish grazing reserves, build hospitals and veterinary clinics, provide good drinking water and other amenities at Fulani settlements.
“At the moment, all the factions go to the markets that were closed due to the armed bandit activities while farmers go to the farms without any hindrance or threats,”.
The commissioner of police who urged residents to continue to pray for the success of the peace process and sustenance of peace in the state, cautioned politicians against politicising the effort so as to allow security agencies carry out their operations without diversion.
Some of the rescued victims told newsmen at the police command that they were tied like animals and without any shelter against rain or sun.
Some of the victims spent more than seven months in the hands of their abductors.
After their rescue, the victims were camped at the Government House, Gusau, where they received medical and psycho-social support services before they were reunited with their families.
Corps Member Serving With Channels TV Dies In Shiite, Police Clash
Unfortunately, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving with Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, is dead.
The 23-year-old died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.
The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.
They pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest.
Obasanjo not a democrat – Presidency
The Presidency has insinuated that former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, was not a democrat, following his latest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the nation.
Obasanjo, in his latest letter had cautioned Buhari on the need for drastic action to tackle insecurity if the nation must remain a united one.
The former president also called for a gathering of various ethnic groups in the country to deliberate on how to live peacefully with one another.
Reacting, the senior special assistant to President Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said those aggrieved with the present structure of the nation should approach the National Assembly.
Featuring on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, he said: “To call for a national conference when there is a sitting Parliament in place, whoever is making that call is not a democrat.”
Shehu also insisted that the government in which he serves, was on top of the security situation in the country.
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