World Clean-up Day: Oyo govt. seals buildings, shops over unhygienic practices

World Clean-up Day: Oyo govt. seals buildings, shops over unhygienic practices

By David Adeoye, Ibadan.

 

The Oyo State Government on Saturday sealed some houses and shops in the Academy neighbourhood of Ibadan over unhygienic practices.

 

The buildings were shut down during the public sensitisation and enforcement campaign, organised to commemorate the 2022 World Clean-up Day.

 

The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Abiodun Oni, said that owners/occupiers of the sealed structures violated environmental laws and failed to comply with the laid-down hygienic practices.

 

The commissioner, who was represented by the Special Adviser on Environment to the Governor, Mr Ademola Aderinto, said that the exercise was carried out to enforce compliance with environmental hygiene and prevent possible outbreak of diseases.

 

He said that the affected owners/occupiers of the buildings were responsible for heaps of refuse dumped in the area close to Academy Market and along the main roads.

 

He also observed that the erring occupiers/owners did not have adequate waste bins to keep their garbage.

 

Aderinto noted that environmental health officers had earlier visited the affected buildings to admonish the owners to do the needful but they failed to do so.

 

The state government, in collaboration with its waste management consultant – Mottainai Recycling Ltd. — collected plastic wastes and cartons in the clean-up activities carried out at the Academy area.

 

The exercise was also used to sensitise traders in the market to how a waste-free environment can foster better customer relations and boost sales.

 

The commissioner appealed to residents to key into the government’s environmental blueprint.

 

Aderinto said that market places were, by nature, unkempt with practices that were harmful to the ecosystem.

 

“But Oyo State Government believes that with education and enforcement, we can make both the sellers and the customers understand the importance of a neat location for business transactions,” he said.

 

Commenting on the campaign, the Chief Sustainability Officer, Mottainai Recycling Ltd., Ms. Deborah Fadeyi, said that the initiative was borne out of the need to keep Oyo State clean.

 

“We are commemorating the World Clean-up Day in a very unconventional way, with the market people.

 

“We are here to show them how waste can be turned to wealth,” she added.

 

Fadeyi said that Mottainai Recycling Ltd., as the government-approved waste manager, would ensure adequate provision of necessary information on environmental sanitation in the state.

 

Also, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Oluwaseun Fashukanmi, explained that the exercise was to draw public attention to the immense financial opportunities of waste pick-up and recycling in their various communities.

 

Fashukanmi said that the exercise would also let the public to be aware of the threats of waste and pollution to human life and the survival of the ecosystem.

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