Oyo sanctions 80 environmental offenders

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

About 80 people were arrested during the week in Ibadan by the State’s Environmental Task Force for violating the environmental laws.

Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Abiodun Oni, revealed that the Task Team arrested offenders at Gate, Aleshinloye, Eleyele, Sabo, Apata, Iwo-road, Ojoo, Moniya, U.I-Agbowo, Sango and General Gas areas in Ibadan.

In separate judgements, Chairmen of the State’s Environmental Protection Tribunal, Barr. Saheed Ganiyu and Barr. Kunle Abimbola disclosed that eighty people were caught dumping refuse in unauthorized places.

They were deemed guilty of violating the environmental laws of the state.

Similarly, three of the offenders were caught using vehicles to mobilize wastes to unauthorized areas.

Two were arraigned for obstructing the environmental task force team from performing their civic duties and were fined accordingly from ₦2,000 to ₦40,000 depending on the degree of their offences

Meanwhile, as part of the efforts of the Oyo State government to resolve the menace of indiscriminate dumping of wastes on road medians, drainages and waterways, the State government has held talks with Hausa leaders headed by the Sarkin Hausawa , Ali Dahiru Zungeru.

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According to the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Abiodun Oni who led a team from his Ministry to the home of Sarkin Hausawa at Sabo during the week, the indiscriminate dumping of wastes on road medians, particularly by under-aged children has become a common practice at odd hours within the Sabo community.

He warned the community to desist from the act, as it poses a lot of environmental threats and exposes children to various risks in the state.

“The impact of indiscriminate dumping of wastes in an open space and street begging to the health and socio-economy of the state is indisputable.

“For instance, exposed wastes have been known to factor communicable diseases that may end up requiring medical attention. Thus, maintaining proper hygiene is very important to us, failure to uphold some level may lead to serious health hazards to us as individuals and persons living around us”, he said.

Oni further stressed that though the community is improving in its environmental sanitation exercise, the State Government desires it to receive the award of the cleanest environment in the nearest future.

In his remarks, the Sarkin Hausawa, Dahiru Zungeru appreciated the government for recognizing the community while also pledging his support for the administration.

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