Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has given kudos to stakeholders in the environmental sanitation sector for their resilience in bringing the State back to its status as one of the neatest in the nation.
The Governor’s commendation was relayed through the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, at the Commissioner’s office, when he hosted the Heads of Local Government Administrators and Heads of Environmental and Health Services, as well as officials of the West African Energy, the Consultancy firm in charge of refuse collection in the State.
Ayoola noted that the State appreciated the efforts of the stakeholders in mobilizing against filthy environment and the ways they have demonstrated their support to the government in mobilizing against the menace of poor sanitation.
He said, “It is pertinent that we put more effort into this project so that before long, if we look back, we shall see giant accomplishments in this line and we shall be able to pat each other on the back for a well done job.”
The commissioner expressed the government’s appreciation for the input of market women, civil societies, traditional rulers, the media and those officially saddled with the duty of enforcing a clean environment in the State, and appealed that the trend would continue in good stead.
The former Lawmaker disclosed that the State government had set up an agenda to curb the menace of disregard for environmental laws which would go a long way in ensuring that the safety and health of its citizens became important.
According to him, the present administration has zero tolerance for filthy environment, hence the need for residents to support the policy by imbibing a good waste disposal culture.
Ayoola noted, “Hygiene is very important to us, failure to uphold some level of hygiene would lead to serious health hazards to us as individuals and persons living around us.”
He further reiterated that as part of the agenda setting, stakeholders like Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), religious bodies, market women, transport unions and schools, among others, would be involved in curbing the environmental menace while also charging residents in the State to make use of refuse collection drums for the disposal of their waste.
The Commissioner, who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju and team members from the Water Corporation Of Oyo State, also paid a visit to Asejire Waterworks and Eleyele Dam, by way of familiarizing himself with ongoing projects, after his resumption into office and also to ensure that quality water is supplied to homes for the consumption of the general public.
He revealed that part of the aims of Governor Makinde’s administration efforts is to re-address issues affecting treatment plants in the State and work towards ensuring that every home has access to potable water.