Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, members of his cabinet and Body of Permanent Secretaries have taken the front row in the newly launched operation to clear refuse in major towns across the state.
The Governor has also warned that the state will soon deploy environment marshals to arrest and prosecute those who violate environment laws.
In the new move aimed at expressing the state government’s determination to effectively manage waste disposal and collection in the state, three gangs, each led by the state Head of Service (HOS), Mrs. Modupe Adekunle, Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa and the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde, worked throughout Monday night in Abeokuta, Ijebu Ode and Ota.
Each of the Operational Gang consisted of Commissioners, Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries and members were provided with face mask, hand gloves, sanitizer, shovel, rakes, pay loaders, lorries and other implements that they needed to evacuate refuse from various centres in the three cities to the authorised dump sites.
While briefing members during the 48th session of the Executive Council in Oke-Mosan on Tuesday, Amosun said the reports reaching him indicated that refuse collection in some major towns in the state are becoming problematic.
He explained that the influx of people from Lagos and other states to reside in Ogun State due to the increased industrialisation of the state has led to high rate of refuse generation which requires new approaches and strategies for dealing with it.
“We at the helm of affairs need to demonstrate leadership. We have to lead the initiative to give our state and our dear good people a safe and clean environment by personally getting involved in the maintenance of the environment.”
“When our people see commissioners, Head of Service, Permanent Secretaries and others clearing refuse, they will know how serious we are on enforcement of laws, rules and regulations concerning the environment,” he said.
The governor further enjoined the people to comply with environment laws and stop putting garbage in unauthorised places.