Osun State government will soon embark on mass greening and classification of its roads, with a view to making its environment conducive for living, as well as to enhance aesthetic of its state capital, Osogbo.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola made this known at a meeting with the stakeholders of O-CLEAN team in the executive chambers of the governor’s office at the state secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, the state capital.
At the meeting, Governor Aregbesola lauded the efforts of the people of the state and members of the team since the commencement of the 90 days of emergency sanitation period declared by the state government in order to rid the state of filths and dirt.
Mr Aregbesola added that though the people have been aware and were making frantic efforts towards making their environment clean and fit for living, there still exits room for improvement.
In his words; “we are far from the mark, but the real issue is that our state has virtually been abandoned since the 60s. We are worse-off as people in terms of how we look, manage ourselves, as well as the way we manage our environment.”
Taking the people present at the meeting through the culture of the Yoruba, the governor noted that the holder of the title of Erelu in Yoruba tradition is saddle with the responsibility of ensuring cleanliness of women groups, as well as their market, before the advent of colonial masters, but lamented that the reverse is the trend this day.
Governor Aregbesola also berated any house in the state without conveniences, when one could provide modern conveniences with amount as low as N10,000.
He then promised that the state government would build comfort stations in all public places, as well as religious places in the state.
“Any house owner that refuses to provide at least a toilet for his tenants would be sanctioned by the government. We may have to evoke the authority of the law by the expiration of the emergency day,” the governor emphasised.
In order to give the state aesthetic look, Governor Aregbesola also said all ugly kiosks must be removed.
The governor further reiterated that road would be classified, while the state government would no longer tolerate nuisance along the major roads in the state.
Private individuals in the state were also adviced by the governor to plant natural flowers in their surroundings for healthy living.
“We will engage in massive urban greening programme in most of our towns and have beautiful landscape flower that will give human comfort, because our psyche must not be assaulted,” he concluded.
The meeting, which was anchored by the chairman of O’CLEAN programme, had the Directors of Water and Sanitation in the 31 local government councils in the state, as well as Directors of Town Planning, Agric Officers, market women and leaders of RTEAN, NURTW and ACCOMORAN in attendance.