2022 WTD: Oyo Govt Sensitizes Communities on Open Defecation

As part of the lined up activities to mark the 2022 World Toilet Day, the Oyo State Government on Friday embarked On a road walk to Kudeti area in Ibadan, to sensitize the residents of the State  on  proper hygienic behaviour

Speaking during the sensitization exercise which kicked off from the Ministry of Environment to Kudeti axis in Ibadan, the Honourable Commissioner for the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Abiodun Oni stressed that Oyo State Government is committed to addressing sanitation challenges including open defecation in the State.

He added that open defecation had been reported not only to deteriorate the quality of drinking water but also causing health problems and diseases resulting to high child mortality, poor nutrition and poverty

The Commissioner added further that human excreta takes about a year to biodegrade and as such, causing environmental hazards most especially if it is left too close to streams hence, contaminating the ground water

Mr. Abiodun Oni while emphasizing the theme for the 2022 World Toilet Day, “Sanitation and ground water, making the invisible visible”  at Kudeti reiterated that the campaign for making the invisible visible explores  how inadequate sanitation systems spread human wastes into rivers, lakes, streams and soil thereby polluting the underground water resources

The Commissioner further charged all and sundry to collectively tackle sanitation crisis and help achieve a long term development in the State.

He hinted that the narrative of open defecation in the State would change in no distance time and soon toilets would become a serious and lucrative business.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry, Mrs Modupe Adeleye, explained that the sensitization programme would also be replicated at Agbeni Community on Monday in order to create more awareness on open defecation to the residents by maintaining a good hygiene

She commended the South East Local Government Chairman, Hon. Oluwole Alawode for ensuring adequate protection of the environment within his Local Government.

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Oyo Govt. Promises Support for Flood Victims in Akinyele.

Oyo State Government on Sunday expressed sympathy for victims and community affected by devastating flood in Moniya area of Akinyele Local Government.

The Government delegation was led by the Hon Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Abiodun Oni, the lawmaker representing Akinyele Constituency 1, Hon Ayotunde Fatokun and Director of Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP).

Addressing journalists at Onile-Onikainkain bridge which got flooded, the Commissioner said the State Government feels their pain and suffering adding that the Government would give top priority to alleviating the suffering of victims.

Oni said, “Let me assure our brothers, sisters and families that have been heavily impacted that while we pray the flood abates soon, the Government will also do the needful to help mitigate the disaster to avoid future occurrence. I assure you that some succour will come from the State Government.”

He appealed to well-meaning citizens of the State to also come to the aid of the victims of the disaster.

 

Speaking further, Oni cautioned residents in the State to be careful and vigilant as they move around in the rains to safely wade through the momentary flooding that may arise from the heavy rainfall which is a natural phenomenon.

“Flooding as well know is momentary, the road will dry in no distant time but we call for caution. I want to advise residents in this community to dispose their wastes properly and clear drainages in their immediate environment so as to make room for a free flow of floodwater.

 

The affected community appreciated the timely inspection by the Commissioner for Environment and the lawmaker representing Akinyele constituency 1, Ayotunde Fatokun. They however seek for quick intervention and palliatives as promised by the State Government.

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World Clean-up Day: Oyo Govt Seals Buildings, Shops Over Unhygienic Practices

…as Waste Consultant Recovers 5,170kg Plastic Wastes, 1,100 kg of cartons

Oyo State Government, today, sealed off some houses and shops within Academy market, Ibadan over unhygienic practices.

The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Abiodun Oni said residents and owners of the shop violated environmental laws and failed to comply with the laid down hygienic practices.

Speaking through the Special Adviser on Environment, Engr. Ademola Aderinto, the Commissioner said that the buildings were sealed off during the ongoing sensitization and enforcement campaign of the State Government to commemorate this year’s World Clean-up Day.

He said the exercise was done to ensure total compliance with environmental hygiene and prevent possible outbreak of any disease, pointing out that Environmental Health officers had earlier visited the affected buildings and told the owners to do the needful but they failed to do so.

The Commissioner who said the affected buildings are responsible for heaps of waste dumped in the market place and along the main roads, added that they do not have adequate waste bins for their wastes.

Also, as part of activities marking this year’s World Clean-up Day, the Oyo State Government and Mottainai Recycling Ltd, recovered Five-thousand, One-hundred and seventy (5, 170) kilograms of plastic wastes in the clean-up activities carried out in Academy community market in Ibadan.

The team also recovered One Thousand, One Hundred (1,100) kilograms of cartons from the market.

According to Aderinto, the exercise, which was carried out in conjunction with Waste Management Authority in the State, Mottainai Recycling Ltd, was also used to sensitize and educate market women on how a waste-free environment can foster better customer relations and increase sales.

Mr. Ademola Aderinto also appealed to residents to key into the Oyo State Government’s environmental blueprint.

“Marketplaces are by nature unkempt with practices that are harmful to the ecosystem, but Oyo State Government believes that with continuous sensitization and enforcement, we can make the traders understand the importance of a neat location for business”, Aderinto said.

Speaking on the campaign, Managing Director, Mottainai Recycling Ltd, Mr. Adey Adewuyi explained that the initiative was borne out of the need to ensure Oyo State is clean.

Adewuyi who spoke through the Chief Sustainability Officer, Mottainai Recycling Ltd, Ms. Deborah Fadeyi said, “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 said Mottainai Recycling Ltd, as the Government approved Waste Manager will ensure adequate provision of necessary information on Environment sanitation in the State.

Also speaking on the campaign, the Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Oluwaseun Fashukanmi explained that besides drawing attention of the public to the immense financial opportunities of waste recycling, the public also needs to be aware of the threats of waste and pollution to human life and the survival of the ecosystem.

 

 

E-signed:

Hon. Wasiu Olatubosun, Ph.D.,

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism,

Oyo State.

 

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Oyo Govt Warns Five Communities Against Drinking From Contaminated Streams

The Oyo State Government has warned residents of the State against drinking water from streams.

The State Government noted that this advice became necessary because some streams have been contaminated.

Against this backdrop, the State Government warned residents of Ijaye, Ido, Olowo-Igbo, Iseyin, and Ibarapa against drinking water from contaminated streams in their communities.

Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Abiodun Oni, made this declaration on Wednesday.

Oni said a truck conveying chemical substances emptied its contents into a drainage.

He narrated that the chemical substances were washed into the streams passing through the five communities.

He added that the truck was involved in an accident at Iroko-Oyo highway while conveying substances presumed to be soap-making chemicals.

He spoke further by saying that the development may impair the water quality and render it toxic to humans and the environment at large.

Oni, in the statement made available to DAILY POST, further revealed that farmers who planted their cash crops within the affected areas and fishermen should suspend every activity within the vicinity.

He said, “The State Government will continue to ensure that the ecosystem is protected in the State.

“Furthermore, they should jettison the bad culture of dumping wastes into drainages as they eventually find their ways into streams and rivers and eventually make up their way in the food chain process as such posing threats to all humans.”

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Oyo State Begins New Waste Management Operation

…Mandates new PSPs to clean up Oyo State

Following the verification of One-hundred and Sixty-nine Waste collectors, the Oyo State Government has flagged off an intensive door-to-door waste evacuation operation to address the menace of improper waste disposal in the metropolis.

Mr. Adey Adewuyi, the Waste Management Consultant in the State said in a statement on Monday in Ibadan that the waste collectors now known as Mottainai Accredited Franchisees will be empowered to fast track the clearing of waste from the streets of Ibadan and restore environmental sustainability.

He added that the new system in place does not permit residents and commercial waste creators/generators in Oyo State to make cash payments to any accredited waste collector.

“All payments are made through bank transfer, Point of Sale (POS) or Direct Deposit in the banking hall. Also, all former residential pick-up tariffs will be maintained with no increase whatsoever”, he said.

He said the verification exercise was done in collaboration with the Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYOWMA) for Waste collectors that have been operating in Oyo State and some new companies that applied to work in the waste management sector.

“So far, 169 waste collectors who have shown that they have some level of capacity, have been verified and are now known as Mottainai Accredited Franchisees (MAFs)”, he said.

Adewuyi said with 21 Compactors, 3 Roro Trucks, 175 Open Trucks and no (zero) Skip Trucks, the operational capacity of the MAFs is far below what is required to keep the State clean.

He however said his firm, Mottainai Recycling Limited will empower them with operational trucks.

Adewuyi added, “we are confident that with the right tools, the new and existing MAFs will achieve greater efficiency.

“In the meantime, all former PSPs, now MAFs, have been mandated to clean up Oyo State. Some of them have been assigned to return to their former slots while others have been assigned new slots.”

The Waste Management consultant reaffirmed that the firm is committed to maintaining a clean environment.

Meanwhile, he hinted that the verification and accreditation of waste collectors in Oyo State is a continuous process.

He, therefore, appealed to companies with the necessary capacity to approach the Oyo State Waste Management Authority to request verification and accreditation.

“Also, all complaints and requests for waste evacuation should be routed through our call centre. Please call 0700 080 0700 or WhatsApp 08181900004”, he concluded.

 

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Oyo Govt Terminates PSPs’ Appointment

The Oyo State Government has terminated the appointment of Private Sector Participants waste collectors in the State.

The termination is announced in a statement issued by Mr Abiodun Oni, Commissioner for the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources in Ibadan on Friday.

Oni also said the Government has set June 10, as the deadline for the re-application of renewal of contract.

“The new development is an outcome of a meeting held with the waste collectors’ private sector participants and stakeholders.

“The new initiative was conceived in order to actualize the vision of keeping Oyo State clean while harnessing other opportunities that are inherent in proper waste management systems.

“We are tired of using the same approach without getting results,” he said.

The commissioner further narrated instances where the State recorded heaps of refuse in open spaces, thereby causing embarrassment and posing threats to the health of residents in the State.

He said the State Government is taking holistic measures to ensure that the State experiences a turnaround in the environment sector.

Oni also announced that Gov. Seyi Makinde had approved the appointment of a new waste management consultant, ‘Mottainai Recycling Africa’, who would see to the day to day running of the disposal mechanism in the State.

Speaking further on this development, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Modupe Adeleye said that the action taken on the re-application of the PSP operators was intended to move the State forward and ensure a cleaner and healthier environment.

She enjoined all the stakeholders to work with the State Government in actualizing this agenda.

Meanwhile, the State Government has again embarked on enforcement to caution traders toward improving sanitation within the environment and also checkmating traffic congestion.

Oni, while calling on the traders to remain law-abiding and be peaceful when carrying out their legitimate businesses, said the present administration was poised to maintain and sustain the State ecosystem.

According to him, it is geared toward ensuring a clean and green environment that will be attracting investors to thrive in the State.

Similarly, the Oyo State Government has sealed a filling station for violating the environmental laws and failure to carry out the State’s weekly sanitation exercise.

The filling station located at Gate in Ibadan was also accused of accommodating a filthy drainage lane which environmental officers alleged exposed residents to health hazards and could also pose an environmental threat to people’s health if not addressed on time.

 

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Oyo State Government commences fumigation of dump sites

Oyo State Government and its Waste Management Consultant, Mottainai Recycling has begun fumigation of dumpsites, starting with Lapite in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state. This is in its bid to eliminate communicable diseases within the neighbourhood and epidemic in the State

This was jointly revealed yesterday by the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Abiodun Oni and the Managing Director, Mottainai Recycling, Mr. Ade Adewuyi in Ibadan.

In his words, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Abiodun Oni stated that the fumigation exercise, which started on Saturday at Lapite dumpsite would be extended to other dumpsites across the State to protect immediate and surrounding communities where the sites are situated.

The Commissioner, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Modupe Adeleye appealed to residents to shun all practices capable of having a negative impact on the environment.

“The fumigation exercise plays an important role in the waste management chain. This will help us attain a cleaner and safer environment. It is no doubt that dumpsites are prime breeding sites for communicable diseases, vectors such as rodents, Mosquitoes and houseflies which tend to exacerbate the prevalence of waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera among others”, he said.

Consequently, the commissioner reiterated that in its bid to primarily achieve a sustainable solid waste management, residents should also perform their civic responsibility through prompt payment for their waste disposal and also desist from dumping wastes indiscriminately in unauthorized areas.

The Commissioner therefore expressed the State Government’s commitment towards protecting public health and minimizing the discomfort which might be caused by the dumpsites to neighbouring communities.

Also speaking, Mr. Adewuyi said the exercise will make the sites safer for waste management operations, and reduce health risks to the communities where they are located.

He said the dumpsites which play crucial roles in the new waste management chain need proper disinfection in order to attain the State Government’s vision of establishing a cleaner environment.

“This is the right way to go, in sanitizing our environment. Our main goal is to protect the public and minimize the negative impacts of these sites to the neighbouring communities”, he said.

He said, “Dumpsites are a crucial component for the delivery of Solid Waste Management,as they serve as the final destination for all solid waste collected from residences, businesses and public spaces.”

 

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Oyo Govt Seals Premier Hotel, Others for Violation of Sanitation Laws

The Oyo State Government has sealed the indigenous Premier Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in West Africa, situated at Mokola hill in Ibadan for violating the environmental sanitation laws of the State.

A statement issued by the state Government said that an event centre located at the Eleyele area of the city was also sealed.

Abiodun Oni, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, who led the enforcement team, reiterated that the need to seal up these facilities became necessary so as to put an end to environmental nuisance in the State.

The commissioner said he was appalled with the attitude of the management of Premier Hotel for accumulating heaps of wastes within their premises. He wondered why the management failed to co-operate with the designated authorised waste collector, despite the seven-days ultimatum given to them to evacuate their wastes.

“It is disheartening that despite efforts of this administration to provide an enabling and sustainable environment to residents, people still go ahead violating the environmental laws of the State whereas a filthy environment poses threats to individual’s lives in the State,” Mr. Oni said.

“When sickness comes, it knows no boundaries.”

In the same development, over 80 shops were sealed at Sango market for non-compliance with environmental sanitation laws.

The violations include indiscriminate dumping of wastes on the road median, accommodating a filthy drainage at the frontage of their shops, and non-compliance with the authorised waste collector while also the event centre was sealed for patronising illegal waste collector.

Mr. Oni said the enforcement will continue to take place lest people understand the need to take care of our environment

“As citizens, proper waste disposal is a way of exercising their responsibilities as well as giving concrete support to the Government as such, putting an end to the scourge of filthy environment,” he said.

The team also visited Gbaremu market and Adelabu Complex at Challenge to sensitize the traders on the importance of having a clean, safe and healthy environment while also giving them stern warning to comply with the environmental sanitation laws or else would face its wrath.

 

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World Environment Day: Oyo Launches ‘Clean & Green Club’ in Schools

As part of the lined up activities to mark the World Environment Day, the Oyo State Government has launched the Clean an Green Club in schools, Tree planting and distribution of mobile toilets, with the intention of stopping open defecation in the State.

According to the State’s Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources during a walking exercise and awareness campaign with the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju  Directors of the Ministry, the need for clean environment necessitated the exercise.

He said tree planting, which kicked off from the Ministry to Oje Market in Ibadan is one of the ways of responding to the urgent need to reduce the harmful effect of global warming which has resulted to climate change.

The Commissioner, while kicking off the tree  planting at Oje Market, stressed that the launching signified the footprint of what Governor Seyi Makinde had stated in transforming Oyo State and making life better for people to live in the State.

Speaking earlier at the launching of Mobile toilets and Clean and Green Club for some selected public Secondary Schools in Oyo State, held at the frontage of the Ministry, the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun revealed that the benefits of clean environment and tree planting cannot be over emphasized, hence, the reason for imbibing the ideals in the younger ones who will also pass the message to the next generation.

“This would help the present administration to transform Oyo State into a better position to attract a healthier environment and make individuals to be more creative in their thinking.”

Mrs. Adeosun equally stated that the mobile toilets would eradicate open defecation in the State and also reduce communicable diseases that may threaten individual’s life.

The Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Oyeleke  revealed that the students will be encouraged to emulate cleaning and planting of trees.

“It is expected that members of this club will help to transform their respective communities as thirty three seedlings had been taken to each of the selected secondary schools which had been planted in the school premises.

“Similarly, Forestry officials and Environmental Health Officers in the respective zones of the State have been mandated to hold regular meetings with the club members and build their capacities in the area of focus.”

The Commissioner also thanked the stakeholders involved in the initiative and further noted that the environment needed to be preserved in order to sustain its value, which called for all hands to be on deck, to embrace environmental friendly practices such as waste recycling, refraining from deforestation, cleaning surroundings and also desisting from indiscriminate dumping of refuse, particularly in canals and drainages which are usually responsible for blockage of water and causing flooding.

Oyeleke stated that open defecation which has been a concern for the administration will be a thing of the past with the launching and distribution of mobile toilets to identified areas with challenges in open defecation, especially market areas, garages and other areas, stressing that the mobile toilets would assist in mitigating health challenges associated with open defecation.

 

Signed:

Wasiu Olatubosun (P.hd),

Hon. Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Ibadan.

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Oyo To Distribute 50 Mobile Toilets, 10 Recycled Waste Evacuation Tricycles

As part of the activities to mark the second year anniversary of Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration in Oyo  State, the State Government is set to unveil not less than fifty mobile toilets to be placed in strategic locations in the State with the aim of eradicating open defecation.

Speaking on behalf of the Governor of the State, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Abdulateef Oyeleke  while addressing newsmen in Ibadan over the weekend, said that the mobile toilets will be situated at locations for the conveniences of pedestrians, passengers and travellers in an attempt to ensuring that the environment is not polluted.

“The mobile toilets will be placed in strategic locations across the State to assist in promoting personal hygiene of the citizens and maintaining a healthy standard in the State, which will not only stop the spread of diseases such as cholera, Typhoid, diarrhoea, but also check other ravaging diseases that are threats to human existence.

“The toilets will be placed in locations like markets, garages and other public places to eliminate health risks associated with open defecation and promote personal hygiene.”

The Commissioner enjoined the people of the State to support the policy of clean and green initiative of the present administration, as the Environmental Health Officers and Task Force Team will soon be directed to arrest and prosecute anyone caught defecating in the open.

In the same vein,  not less than ten tricycles were received by the Ministry of Environment for evacuation of recycle waste within Local Government Areas in the State.

The initiative would not only enhance the efforts of the present administration in the clean and green policy and to attain a sustainable environment that is capable of promoting the economic growth and wellbeing of the entire citizenry but will also reduce the incidence of flood which usually occurs when it rains as a result of blocked drainage  through indiscriminate dumping of refuse inside drainages, water ways and other open spaces.

The Commissioner added that it will also provide job opportunities for the youths as a local investor has been engaged and mandated to set up a modern recycling facility in the State within the next six months of his partnership with Oyo State Government.

In his remarks, the Managing Director  of the company , Mottainai, Mr. Ade Adewuyi stated that the concept of this initiative is to start paying for recyclable waste materials, while also engaging youths in the State in the process termed circular economy.

The process is aimed at eliminating flood incidents and maintenance of clean environment, while there will be financial capacity for the people and job opportunities for the youths.

 

Signed:

Wasiu Olatubosun (P.hd),

Hon. Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism,

Ibadan.

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