By; BAYO AKAMO. Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde on Thursday advised the people of the state to immediately stop dumping refuse along the highways and other unapproved places
The governor whp gave the advice in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa made available to newsmen in Ibadan frowned on the poor approach to environmental sanitation in Ibadan metropolis.
Emphasizing the need for the people of the state to properly dispose their waste, the governor said he had directed the agencies in charge to ensure strict compliance with environmental sanitation measures, as 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.
“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. 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,” he said.
Governor Makinde added, “this unwholesome act could constitute health hazard to the teeming populace of the city,”
The governor while stressing that the state government had started evacuating the existing waste along the road medians and other wrong places, pointed out 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, then asked the people of the state to make use of refuse collection drums and/or register with refuse collectors assigned to their areas.