Oyo Govt Goes Tough On Residents Dumping Refuse On Roadsides, Waterways, Drainages
Oyo State government says from Friday 5th November 2021 indiscriminate dumping of refuse on roadsides, waterways, drainages and other open spaces will attract stiffer penalties.
A statement by the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Abiodun Oni, notes that the recalcitrant attitude of residents towards waste disposal necessitated the action, stressing that the era of indiscriminate dumping of refuse and open defecation has come to an end.
The statement reiterates that perpetrators would be sanctioned and dealt with according to the environmental laws of the state.
The commissioner further emphasized that the Ministry of Environment would be working in tandem with the Environmental Task Force to sanction all offenders while also admonishing residents particularly traders and roadside users to make use of waste bins and make prompt payment of the disposal of their wastes through the designated government’s account.
The statement admonishes residents to key into the vision of ensuring zero tolerance to a filthy and unhealthy environment which would go a long way in eliminating environmental nuisance, the spread of communicable diseases that may cut short individuals lives, epidemic and havoc in the state.
“In as much as there was no corresponding adherence to the guidelines of proper waste disposal in the state, the government has no other option than to embark on enforcement on waste control and other environmental regulations adding that the government was not aimed at witch-hunting anyone but to secure the safety of lives and properties of the citizens”.
“It is part of residents civic responsibility in ensuring a clean and safe environment, not only will it attract investors that will boost the economy in the state but also prevent against any avoidable man-made destruction” the statement adds.
Consequently, considering the pacesetting status of Oyo State, Mr. Oni further urged residents to constantly strive to be pacesetting in safe environmental practices and to always ensure that they support the efforts of the government in ensuring a clean and safe environment for all inhabitants of Oyo State.