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Oyo govt establishes environmental tribunal

Seyi Makinde, Oyo State governor, has approved the establishment of four environmental tribunals for the enforcement of the state environmental laws.

The state Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Kehinde Ayoola said the tribunals would soon be inaugurated by the governor, saying ‘this, we believe, will strengthen the enforcement of the laws and change people’s attitude towards sanitation for the better.’

The commissioner who disclosed this during a press conference organized by the ministry to sensitize the general public on the hazard of poor sanitation, said the essence of the exercise was to ensure a clean environment for the people of the state.

He said, “The vulnerability of Ibadan to river and urban flooding is induced by the city’s topography. The problem of indiscriminate waste disposal, building of houses on flood plains, with the tendency of all the foregoing even being aggravated by the universal menace of global warming and climate change.

“It is in the light of this that the government of the day in Oyo State has expressed its unreserved commitment to the full implementation of the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project, the State-owned flood risk mitigation project with funding and technical assistance from the World Bank.

“The proposed channelization of major rivers and water channels in Ibadan under the IUFMP scheme is being processed and would soon commence.

“These include river Ona, Agodi Channel, river Ogbere, Kudeti channel etcetera. When completed, these massive channels, which are in the mould of the popular Ogunpa channel, would boost the flood-water runoff draining capacity of the city.

“However, all the above-listed efforts would amount to nothing without the people of the State fulfilling their own part of the bargain.

“Our people are required now, more than before, to clear their surrounding and street drain channels, avoid dumping waste improperly, ensure that each household keeps a dustbin and patronize government – approved waste disposal contractors, avoid floodplains, obtain building approvals from relevant statutory bodies before commencing building, among others.”

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