Oyo State Government on Thursday declared that Governor Seyi Makinde has not directed that refuse collection in the state by collected should be free of charge.
The State Head of Service, Mrs. Ololade Agboola made the clarification while speaking at an Environmental Advocacy Meeting with Stakeholders organised by Oyo State Government at the House Of Chiefs, Ibadan.
Mrs Agboola asked the people of the state to shun the unfounded rumours that Governor Seyi Makinde has directed that refuse collection by waste collectors is free.
According to the Head of Service, “it is the civic responsibility of every citizen in the State to take conscious effort in making their environment clean and safe, and as such, every resident should make provision for waste disposal drums within their domain”.
Mrs Agboola however urged residents in the state to patronize authorized refuse collectors and pay them for the services they render.
“Politics should not be introduced into the management of waste disposal, hence there should be no dumping of refuse on the road median and other unauthorized places” she said.
The Head of Service then hinted that that Tribunals and mobile courts would henceforth be operational on and across the state, to sanction anyone caught dumping refuse indiscriminately.
Speaking at the meeting, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Olusoji Oguntola stated that Stakeholders affected include the Market Men and Women, Transport Workers, Poultry farmers, Pig farmers, Artisans and other stakeholders found to be critical in terms of cleaningness of the environment
Mr Oguntola stressed that, the present administration in Oyo state has objected to the filthy environment and seeks for cooperation of every resident to support the initiative of Oyo State in achieving a clean and healthy environment
” The Government has put in place various policies and programmes, most especially the appointment of refuse collectors for both commercial, industrial and domestic generators by way of promoting clean and safe environment” he added
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju emphasized the State Government’s zero tolerance on illegal waste disposal. To this end, the Government would be enforcing environmental laws to sanction offenders.
” The Governor has graciously approved setting up of environmental tribunals to punish offenders, but firstly there is need to mobilize the citizens on the dangers involved in unsanitary environment” he said
President, Oyo State Council of Marķet men and Women Leaders, Alh. Amudat Iyadunni Lawal in her remarks appreciated the efforts of Oyo State Government in ensuring a safe environment for all and sundry.
She also suggested that more Environmental officers be employed to carry out the task at hand.