The Oasis Reporters
November 30, 2019
It was November 26, 2019 and Governor Seyi Makinde who had freshly arrived from Abidjan where he traveled to with the commissioner of Agriculture to see an Agricultural exhibition and examine farmlands for the purpose of replicating it in a better and modern way in Oyo State, that was seen on the streets of Ibadan at about 11:45pm with his;
Chief of Staff, Secretary to the State Government,
All the commissioners, Permanent Secretaries,
Special Advisers and Assistants, some Honorable Members of the House of Assembly, etc packing garbage on the streets, further into the early hours of this morning. The exercise started from 10pm and lasted till 2am.. It was Governor Seyi Makinde’s official flag-off of #Operation-Clean-Up-Ibadan.
This is not a political stunt or for photo ops, but just a normal thing, good governance to prove that governance is not rocket science. Nigerians are just used to abnormal things and call mediocrity, normal.
With that move, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde practically declared a state of emergency on refuse collection and waste management in the state.
The governor’s decision follows the re-appearance of refuse and filth on the streets in the state.
Makinde during an extraordinary meeting at the Executive Council Chambers in Ibadan, the state capital, said waste management has become a matter of emergency, adding that poor waste management could have wider implications on the state of health of individuals in the state.
“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”..
“Apart from these wastes being an eyesore, it also has wider implications as far as health is concerned, because when you have a filthy environment, all kinds of health challenges will come in. 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. We have to take leadership.
“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. We have trucks and have mobilized workers and we will take off,” he said.
Makinde also warned that no one should misconstrue the exercise for showmanship, adding that a serious issue like waste disposal has to be taken with all seriousness.
“This is not for showmanship but a serious challenge that we have. If we don’t do it, I can bet that a few weeks down the line, we will see the impact at our hospitals.
“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.
“I believe, from our projection, that within the next three to four weeks, we should have a permanent solution in place, a model that will be sustainable and that will also be full-proof for the saboteurs.”