The Oasis Reporters
September 10, 2018
In its bid to have cleaner cities, the Oyo State Government said it will commence a total enforcement of its laws on environmental sanitation, street trading, illegal motor parks, land grabbing, urban and physical planning across the state.
This move will put residents who care less about the environment in direct clash with environmental law enforcement agents.
The state government stated that beggars and the destitute littering the state will also be removed from the streets.
State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Isaac Ishola, noted that most of the destitutes on the streets and under the bridges have a right to survival as well as good living either by reuniting them with their families or handing them over to collaborating non-governmental organisations.
He said that adequate sensitization and enlightenment has been carried out to stop street trading, poor sanitation habits and the operation of illegal motor parks.
“Street trading is an act of violating the Environmental Sanitation Laws of the State as section 13 of the law states that no one should engage in street trading”.
He explained that a 12-man task force under the headship of the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Gbade Ojo has been set up by the state government to enforce and ensure compliance of environmental sanitation.
“The government is ready to get rid of the filth, unhygienic environment and haphazard development in the state”.
The Commissioner said that the state government is not interested in creating hardship for the people but desires compliance with the environmental sanitation and waste management laws of the state government in fulfilment of the Ajimobi administration’s desire to build a modern Oyo State.
He called on traditional rulers, religious, community and market leaders to join hands with the state government in ensuring compliance with environmental sanitation regulations in order to ensure a healthier, cleaner and investor-friendly environment.
“We want to achieve total compliance with the state environmental laws, the cooperation of the traditional rulers, community and market leaders cannot be overemphasised.
“It is expedient to use an alternative method if the current ones are not yielding positive results.
“We see the issue of our environment and sanitation as a collective responsibility, therefore, all hands must be on deck to ensure a healthier, cleaner environment”, he added.
Source : Channels Television