24th February, 2022
The Oyo State Government has sealed the indigenous premier Hotel situated at Mokola hill and an event centre located at Eleyele, for violating the environmental sanitation laws of the state.
Commissioner for the Environment and Natural Resources, Abiodun Oni who led the enforcement team alongside the Coordinating Director of the Ministry, Rogba Adedigba, Director Environmental Health Services, the Environmental Task Force, Amotekun Corps and Environmental Health Officers, among others during the week said the need to seal up these facilities became necessary so as to put an end to environmental nuisance in the state.
The Commissioner, who was appalled by the attitude of the management of Premier Hotel for accumulating heaps of wastes within their premises, wondered why the management failed to co-operate with the designated authorised waste collector, despite the 7-days ultimatum given to them to evacuate their wastes.
“It is disheartening that despite efforts of this administration to provide an enabling and sustainable environment to residents, people still go ahead violating the environmental laws of the state, whereas a filthy environment poses threats to individual’s lives in the state. When sickness comes, it knows no boundaries”, the Commissioner added.
In the same development, over 80 shops were sealed at Sango market for non-compliance of environmental sanitation laws which include indiscriminate dumping of wastes on the road median, accommodating a filthy drainage at the frontage of their shops and non-compliance with the authorised waste collector while also the event centre was sealed for patronizing illegal waste collector.
Oni further emphasized that the enforcement would continue to take place lest people understood the need to take care of their environment.
“As citizens, proper waste disposal is a way of exercising their responsibilities as well as giving concrete support to the government as such, putting an end to the scourge of filthy environment” The Commissioner added.