Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has directed the people of the state to ensure that they do not litter the roadsides with wastes, with a view to ensuring that the environmental sanitation exercise of his administration has total positive effect on the people.
The Chairman, O-Clean Project Committee, Mr. Bola Ilori, delivered the message on Saturday in Ofatedo in Egbedore Local Government Council Area of the state, during monitoring of the weekly environmental sanitation exercise in the council area.
He also advised the residents of the state to ensure that they bring out their wastes latest by 6’O clock everyday, with a view to making it easy for the waste disposal trucks to carry them and dispose them properly, saying that, whoever that could not bring his waste out before the time should wait till the following day.
“As from now, anybody bringing out his waste must try and bring it out before 6:00 am. If you are unable to bring it out between 5:00 am and 6:00 am, wait till the following day, because what has been happening now is a situation whereby people put their wastes by the roadsideafter the waste disposal trucks might have left and we have discovered again that, that kind of attitude is not good enough because it makes our environment dirty again.
“Anybody caught bringing out wastes in the open after 6:00am would be sanctioned appropriately by the environmental health officers and the law enforcement agencies, because we would have seen such person as somebody who is trying to frustrate the efforts of the government in making our environment clean.
“Vehicles have been put in places where you will find them and the local government council chairmen throughout the state have also made efforts to ensure that your wastes are disposed-off properly,”, he noted.
Accessing the level of compliance and participation of the people of the state in the environmental sanitation programme of the state government, Ilori stated that the level of participation was high, as people have now imbibed the spirit of consciously cleaning of their environments after the government had led the way.
He therefore commended the people of the state for their cooperation with the government in its environmental sanitation programmes and policy, just as he called on them to sustain the tempo after the 90-days emergency period.
Responding, the Chairman, Egbedore Local Government Council Area, Engineer Ibrahim Akande commended the strategy of the state government aimed at ensuring that environments remain clean across the length and breadth of the state.
Akande stated that he and his colleagues in other council areas would embark on sensitisation of the people across the state, with a view to ensuring that the people of the various council areas comply with the directive.