Oyo Governor sets up task force against environmental hazard

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan


Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has set up a special task force to immediately look into the current environmental situation and curb the possibility of an outbreak of epidemic, at the popular Gbagi Market, in Ibadan.

Gbagi Market, also known as, Bola Ige International Market, is well known for its large population and the multi-ethnic nature of those who carry out business transactions in it.

The decision to set up the task force is in continuation of the Makinde-led administration’s displeasure and zero tolerance for dirt across the State.

While inaugurating the four-man committee, the Governor expressed displeasure over the current state of the Market, noting that many unkempt and unapproved market stalls had taken over the original design of the Market which makes waste management a serious concern for government.

The task force is to be headed by Mr John Oyewole, as Chairman, while Mr Oyelakin Oyedokun will serve as the Secretary. The other members are Dr Dapo Atoyebi and Mr G.O. Oladele.

Speaking in the statement signed and issued by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Bashir Olanrewaju, the Chairman of the Task Force explained that the team is charged with the responsibility of looking into the environmental crisis currently bedevilling the famous market and proffer solutions to it by reaching out to stakeholders.

The statement quotes Oyewole as saying, “With the terms of reference we were given, the Committee is principally saddled with the responsibility of coming up with recommendations targeted at the current environment situations within the New Gbagi Market in order to prevent environmental pollution, epidemic and fire outbreak, among others.  

The Chairman declared, in the statement, that the Task Force wishes to invite letters from members of the public on challenges presently confronting the market, as well as appropriate recommendations to the same effect.

According to the statement, Oyewole said, “Such document is to be submitted  to Room 17, Ministry of Environment & Water Resources, Secretariat, Ibadan on or before Friday, 16th August, 2019, during office hours”.