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Oyo govt laments indiscriminate dumping of refuse

…as PDP vows to reclaim South West states

By Sarafa Ibrahim, Ibadan

Mr Seyi Makinde, Oyo State governor on Thursday raised concerns over the lackadaisical attitude of Ibadan residents to environmental sanitation in the capital city of the state.

Mr Makinde, in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, appealed to residents of the state to properly dispose their waste.

The governor disclosed that he had directed all the relevant agencies to ensure strict compliance with environmental sanitation measures.

He threatened that his government will not hesitate to invoke the full arm of extant laws against any erring person or group of persons who defy government’s order.

“The state of environmental sanitation and waste disposal within the state capital is disturbing, and should give all the people a major concern as health is wealth.

“The indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the medians of major roads of the state capital had become worrisome and should be a matter of concern to everybody who cares about the hygiene of the people and the sanitation of the environment.

“This unwholesome act could constitute health hazard to the teeming populace of the city,” the statement noted.

Meanwhile, Oyo State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party has vowed to take over the five states in the South West geopolitical zone in future elections.

Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, Chairman of the party in the state said this on Thursday while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan.

He said efforts were on to ensure massive supports of the electorates, especially in Oyo and Osun States before the next elections.

“Presently, we are targeting Osun and Ondo states and we are working tirelessly to capture these states,” he said.

The chairman promised that the excellent performance of the PDP-led government in Oyo State would enhance its chances in future elections.

On the inauguration of the ninth State Assembly where PDP had 26 out of 32 members, Mustapha urged the lawmakers especially PDP members to unite and stand firm with Governor Seyi Makinde.

He admonished them to resist any temptation of working against the interest of the ruling party in the state.

He also called on the state legislature to make laws that would enhance the actualisation of good policies and programmes of the state government.

On the sharing-formula arrangement of political appointments with other political parties, the chairman said there was no cause for alarm as the party would keep to its promise.

He disclosed that all stakeholders were meeting regularly on how best to handle the matter.

The chairman disclosed that some contracts awarded by the immediate past administration would be reviewed.

”The governor has said that he has no interest in stepping on toes but if the condition warrants it, he will do so in the overall interest of the state.” Mustapha said.

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