The Oyo state government in collaboration with the West African Energy has began to evacuate waste from the major river channels in Ibadan, South west, Nigeria.
The exercise being supervised by Mr Gabriel Oguntola, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, started at Gege River in Ayeye area of Ibadan, on Tuesday.
Oguntola told newsmen that the evacuation was aimed at making every nook and cranny of the state capital free of refuse.
He said that the exercise would enhance government’s efforts at curtailing flooding, and allowing water to flow freely along the river channels.
“For that reason, the ministry officials had to meet with Ayeye market leaders to fashion out how to stop indiscriminate dumping of refuse into the river.
“The heaps of refuse in the river is a thing of concern to government as the present administration will not condone it.
“The indiscriminate dumping of waste is an unwholesome act capable of constituting health hazards to the traders and buyers in the market here.
“But, we are going to intensify efforts to sensitise the traders and residents of this area on the need to dispose their waste at approved dump sites.
“We want to change their mindsets towards the rightful ways of managing waste,’’ he explained.
Oguntola disclosed that the exercise would continue across flood-prone areas in Ibadan, the state capital.