By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi has declared that Oyo State Government is determined to ensure a clean, safe and healthy environment across the state.
The governor stated this in Ibadan while receiving 1,400 overall uniforms donated to street sweepers in the state by the management of Sterling Bank.
Speaking through his deputy, Otunba Moses Adeyemo, the governor vowed that his administration will not allow a relapse into the dark days when the state, especially Ibadan, was adjudged to be one of the dirtiest cities in the country.
According to Governor Ajimobi, the present administration in the state was committed to ensuring clean and safe environment, adding that one of the cardinal goals of his administration was full implementation of sustainable environmental policy.
“Our administration had recognized and placed premium on clean, safe and healthy environment. This is so because one cardinal goal of any responsible government should be to facilitate sustainable development, engendered by habitable environment that will attract investors and improve the living standard of the people.
“This vision formed the basis of our sustainable environmental policy, which is a clear departure from the erstwhile policy directions of past administrations, which led to Oyo State being regarded as one of the dirtiest states in the federation,” he said.
The governor maintained that in line with the goals, Oyo State government would continue to partner corporate bodies and citizens of the state, saying,“the driving elements of this new policy direction are the tripod of our administration’s agenda of restoration, transformation and repositioning of the state”
The governor while lauding Sterling bank for being alive to its corporate social responsibility, appreciated the bank’s compliance with its corporate social responsibility in donating the items, advised the people of the state to continue to be faithful to the weekly and monthly environmental sanitation exercise.
Managing Director of Sterling Bank, Mr. Yemi Adeola, who was represented by the bank’s Business Executive (South-West), Mrs. Temiwunmi Tope-Banjoko, declared that the donation was a priority concern for the bank as its contribution to the sustenance of the clean environment under the present administration.
Commending the state government for changing the landscape of the entire state to enviable scenery, she stressed that the partnership between the government and the bank was aimed at enthroning a habitable and healthy environment for the citizens, saying, “I want to commend the governor for his efforts at changing the landscape of the entire state, in spite of the challenges being experienced both in the private and public sectors”.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.