By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola on Wednesday insisted that “it is now compulsory” for every house in Oyo state to have a waste bin.
Chief Ishola who stated this at a stakeholders forum in Ibadan declared that failure to comply with this directive is to attract N50,000 fine, which must be paid before the house would be re-opened or sentenced to a jail term of six months.
The Commissioner stressed that henceforth, any house found not to be with waste bin would be sealed while a fine of N200,000 awaits any house that breaks government’s seal when a fine of the first N50,000 has not been paid, making a total of N250,000.
“The Oyo State Environmental Law stipulates that every house must have a waste bin. Every person that generates waste must dispose it in a sustainable manner and through government accredited waste collectors. We will be inspecting the houses and any house without waste bin would be sealed after a three days grace period.” he said.
Chief Isola added that “violators are liable to six months jail term or option of N50, 000 fines. Whoever disregards the seal order on any house would pay N200,000. The state government has observed abysmal level of compliance with the state environmental laws as people now dump refuse indiscriminately across the state.”
The Commissioner however warned that residents of Ibadan should stop burying the wastes they generate in their houses, as such practice could contaminate the water in their wells, which “is inimical to their health.
Speaking, the Chairman, Egbeda Community Development Association, Olabode Olawumi, disclosed that for Oyo state government to have a clean Ibadan it must be ready to employed more sanitary inspectors, set up a task force to ensure compliance to the environmental laws, ensure punctuality of waste collectors, and facilitate how wastes being generated in clustered areas of Ibadan would be effectively collected.