The heaps of uncollected refuse in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, and other major towns has been blamed on the delay by the Dapo Abiodun’s administration in mobilizing private refuse collectors in the State.
An official in the State’s Environment Ministry attributed the non-evacuation of the refuse to transition to new administration in the State which is yet to mobilize private refuse collectors.
Refuse has taken over major roads in Abeokuta in the last one month.
The heap of uncollected refuse has become an eyesore in Abeokuta metropolis and it is posing health challenges to the residents of the city.
The affected roads in the State capital include Panseke, Adigbe, Onikolobo, Ake, Adatan, Kuto, Lanfenwa, Ita-Oshin, Asero and Sapon.
An official of the State Ministry of Environment told Rockcity FM that private refuse collector firms, which are usually mobilized by the Ministry and Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) to join government agencies in disposing of refuse, were currently not operating.
According to the official, OGEPA is still collecting and disposing refuse on a daily basis, but the absence of private refuse collectors has been responsible for non-evacuation of majority of the uncollected refuse in some parts of Abeokuta metropolis.
Meanwhile, Governor Dapo Abiodun has arrested more than ten traders and ten other people in Abeokuta who violated the movement restriction during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in the State.
The Governor arrested the traders for opening their shops, while others were going to work while monitoring the exercise at Oke Mosan, Kuto, Itoku and Lafenwa axis of the Abeokuta metropolis.
Those arrested were later tried by the Mobile Court at Oke Mosan and were later released.
The Governor, addressing newsmen while monitoring the sanitation exercise, warned that his administration would not spare residents who violate the State Environmental Laws.
He explained that anyone caught would be arrested, fined and jailed if convicted by the Mobile Court.
He blamed the recent cases of ecological problems in some parts of the State to the incessant blockage of drainages and waterways by people with refuse or built houses on water channels.
The Governor was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Yetunde Dina.
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