Makinde vows to apprehend offenders of environmental laws, declares emergency on waste management

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From: John Adewole, Ibadan

SEYI Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State, has vowed to apprehend those who default the state’s environmental law, even as he declared a state of emergency on refuse collection and improper waste management.

“I am sure that most of you must have gone through our State and have noticed that as far as our solid waste management is concerned, we are all living in the midst of filth basically,” says Makinde while speaking at an extraordinary meeting held at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan.

“I have listened to the Honourable Commissioner for Environment and Chairman of the Solid Waste Management Authority and I am not satisfied with what I have got.”

Makinde said waste management had become a matter of emergency that requires input from everyone irrespective of the status, citing political appointees, permanent secretaries and the workforce in the State.

According to him, poor waste management could have wider implications on public health, except drastic action is taken. He described filth in the state as an eyesore.

“We need to declare an emergency on our solid waste management. It is a big issue for all of us and we have to take the bull by the horns…What I have asked to be done is to, first of all, mobilize all resources possible and we will all be out this evening (Monday evening) to do the cleanup and supervise it…we are going to Mapo Hall. We have trucks and have mobilized workers.”

“I have also heard that there are saboteurs who neatly arrange thrash on the median. Well, I wish them luck because we now have security personnel involved and anyone caught importing waste to Oyo State will be dealt with according to our environmental laws.”

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