In line with the 90 days emergency on environmental cleanliness in Osun State, the state government had again flagged-off a weekly mechanic workshops sanitation exercise on Thursday.
Flagging-off the exercise at Odi-Olowo area, Osogbo, the state capital, the Chairman of the O-Clean Committee, Mr Bola Ilori said that the programme would be a weekly exercise in all the mechanic workshops across the state between 7:am and 9:am of Thursdays.
He commended the mechanics under the umbrella of National Automobile Technicians Association (NATA), for keying-in into the environmental sanitation programme of the current administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, just as he urged them to do more.
Ilori,also called the attention of the mechanics to the fact that the surroundings of their workshops were rough, saying that they would have to take a solid step to assist the government in ensuring the cleanliness of their environments under the O-clean programme.
He specifically decried the attitude of the mechanics pouring used oil on the ground, hence, it sinks and affects wells in their surroundings and that using water from such well was dangerous to the health of the people of such areas, just as he urged them to learn how to manage their used oils.
The O-Clean chairman also challenged the mechanics to cultivate the habit of neat dressing, adding, “don’t cultivate the habit of wearing rough cloths because the work of mechanics has now been taken to another level. You are engineers and the way you are seeing is the way you will be addressed”.
Ilori then gave a hint that within a shortest possible time, the mechanic workshops would be re-organised, as they might be given a special place to work, saying that when the processes are completed, the government would get in touch with the leadership of the association.
The Western Zone President of NATA, Alhaji Sumonu Lawal and the state Chairman of the association, Elder Olu Owolabi, promised that they would do all it requires to ensure that all the mechanics in the state are enlightened to imbibe the culture of cleanliness.
While lauding the initiative of the governor over the sanitation exercise and other developmental projects he had carried out, they appealled to the state government to provide a mechanic village for all the mechanics in the state, with a view to ensuring that their jobs are made easier.