Oyo to rehabilitate dumpsite to avert environmental hazard

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has pledged to rehabilitate the Awotan Dumpsite off Apete/Akufo Road to prevent environmental hazard in the area.

The Governor made the pledge while speaking during a visit for an on-the-spot assessment of the site in Awotan, Apete, Ibadan, assuring the residents of the area and contractors at the dumpsite that all the identified challenges at the site would be addressed by the government.

According to the Governor, the Apete/Akufo road would be fixed, as it had been captured in the 2020 Budget, saying the axis would witness huge government presence in 2020 fiscal year.

He also said that the road project, which would begin in the new year, would benefit from the planned uplift of the Akufo Farm Settlement, which government is about to transform to Farm Estate.

Makinde stated: “I assure the people and the contractor at this dumpsite that all the challenges outlined to us will be addressed as soon as possible. We recognise the environmental impact on our people, especially with the potable water facilities within about two kilometres radius of the dumpsite.”

The Chairman of the Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSTROMA) is here. We will make sure the road is fixed soon because it leads to Akufo Farm Settlement. And you know we have said that the money we will spend on the rehabilitation of the road has been captured in the 2020 budget,” he added.

The Governor revealed that the project would be successful only with the support and cooperation of the members of the community, urging them to organise themselves and their children for the job opportunities that would come their way in the area.