The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has warned environmental offenders in the State, saying, the mobile court would be used to deal with any person violating sanitation law, especially during the environmental sanitation exercise.
Prince Abiodun who made this known in Abeokuta, while monitoring people’s level of compliance to the monthly environmental sanitation exercise, urged the people to use the period to clean their environment, as any offenders caught wandering around, would be
arrested, fined and jailed accordingly.
The Governor said it would be difficult to lure investors into an unconducive environment, filled with trash, ‘’ let us be responsible, we cannot say we want to join hands together and build a future together, if we are not able to do the simplest of things, as keeping
our environment clean.
“How do we begin to encourage people to come and invest in our State, when the first thing they see is either trash or a habit of a people that are not able to keep their environment clean , so I want to enjoin all of us to ensure that we are responsible; it is called responsibility consciousness. On the part of government, we will do
the needful”, he said.
The State helmsman attributed the recent cases of ecological problems in some parts of the State to the incessant blockage of drainages and waterways by people who either dump refuse in the drains or build houses on water paths.
He disclosed that his administration would put in place, a participatory scheme that would ensure proper waste disposal, enjoining the people to support government in its quest to maintain a clean environment.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, TPL Yetunde Dina, acknowledged the level of compliance of the people towards the exercise, urging residents to continually clean their environment and their drainages.
Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Ogun state Government, Mr. Olatokunbo Talabi has decried the level of compliance of road users, especially, truck drivers, reiterating this administration’s zero tolerance to traffic offenders.
Speaking to journalists in Abeokuta, after apprehending a truck driver, Talabi described the unwholesome acts of some truck driver as worrisome, saying,” I am certain that, in the coming months, the major issue of disobeying traffic instruction will be dealt with and we will begin to see changes in the system.