In its determination to ensure a clean and healthy environment, the Ogun State Government has scaled up measures to evacuate illegal dumpsites across the nook and crannies of the State.
The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, while supervising the evacuation of an illegal dumpsite at Berger Area of the State, said government would not relent in its effort at ensuring zero tolerance to illegal dumpsites and dumping of refuse on road medians.
Oyeleye lamented the refusal of residents, particularly those in densely populated areas of the State, to comply with the environmental laws, despite repeated sensitization, adding that government would continue to work towards ensuring that the environment was clean, safe and healthy for all.
He added that his Ministry had taken its sensitization campaign to Sango-Ota, to further educate residents, on proper ways of disposing their refuse, warning that stiffer measures would be applied for refusal to yield to laid down directives on illegal dumpsites and indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
‘’Some residents find joy in dumping waste on the road medians, we will henceforth apply sanctions to compel compliance. Failure of residents to comply could be tantamount to a fine or stiffer sanctions. This administration has zero-tolerance for environmental infractions. We want safe, healthy and cleaner environment, where the health of our people can be guaranteed,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Engr. Lanre Edun, during the evacuation of waste at Sango-Ota, said any resident caught creating an illegal dumpsite or dumping refuse on medians would be charged to court.
Edun said that the Ministry of Environment had incorporated Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government in its enforcement programme, stating that the council had been mandated to enforce non-stop compliance of the environmental law, as government would ensure that traders in Sango-Ota comply with the State’s prohibition of street trading.