By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
No fewer than 13 offenders were on Thursday arrested and prosecuted by the Oyo State environmental taskforce Special Tribunal for dumping refuse in waterways on Thursday.
The offenders were arrested at Gate, Mokola, Adamasingba, and Arometa areas of Ibadan and were tried by the tribunal at the environment task force office in accordance with the state’s environmental law.
Speaking with journalists on the weekly environmental sanitation exercise, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Dr Bashir Olanrewaju, stated that the state government is committed to its stance of zero tolerance for filth.
Dr Olanrewaju stressed that the state government would not relent in its effort to maintain a clean and healthy society.
“Those 13 that were arrested will know the consequence of their actions, the implication of this legal approach is to deter others from committing the same offense. It is no more about warning but prosecution of anybody caught dumping refuse on waterways, despite that this act has reduced since government scaled up its campaign against it, but some recalcitrant individuals still persist”, he said.
The Permanent Secretary then enjoined the people of Oyo State to avoid indiscriminate dumping of refuse and register with State-accredited refuse collectors to dispose their waste and cooperate with government in ensuring a cleaner and hygienic society.ENDS.