No fewer than 50 residents of Ondo State have been arrested for various environmental sanitation offences.
The General Manager, Ondo State Waste Management Authority (ODSWMA), Ayo Adeyemo, gave the figure shortly after leading other top officials of the Authority to monitor the monthly Environmental Sanitation exercise within the state capital held on Saturday.
“The offenders were picked up at different locations within Akure metropolis during this monthly Environmental Sanitation exercise. The 3-hour sanitation period was meant for the cleanliness of the surroundings and not for something else.”
Adeyemo admonished residents of the state to always obey the law and shun dumping of waste in drainages and other unauthorised places, stressing that anybody who violates environmental sanitation law would face the consequence.
She said, “We must imbibe the culture of keeping our environment clean. Environmental sanitation should be a daily affair and we should not wait until somebody forces us to clean our environment. Let us all keep our environment clean and free from any form of diseases.
“Today, some people who brought their waste to the road side to litter the street were arrested, and we shall continue to do this.
“Today’s exercise is full of action. When I say action I mean action. We should respect environmental law, we should obey the law so that things can work well.”
She added that, “We shall continue to sensitise, enlighten and also enforce so that we can achieve high level of cleanliness for the benefit of the residents and our state in general.”
Adeyemo announced that the popular shopping malls (Shoprite) and the NEPA Neighborhood market earlier sealed on Monday morning over unhygienic and unsanitary practices have been unsealed.
According to her, the commercial centres have complied to a large extent, with the laid down hygienic practices even though the Authority is still monitoring them.
She warned that if the incident that led to their earlier closure re-occurs again, the Authority would not hesitate to permanently close down the affected shopping centres.
“I want to appreciate the residents of the state for their cooperation and support, you can see that the state capital is now wearing a new look because the people are cooperating with government to keep their environment clean”, Adeyemo added.