Ondo: Over 80 environmental defaulters in trouble —ODSWMA boss Adeyemo

Environmental Sanitation: ODSWMA boss, Rev Adeyemo expresses dissatisfaction over non compliance

The General Manager, Ondo State Waste Management Authority (ODSWMA), Reverend (Mrs) Ayo Adeyemo, has expressed dissatisfaction over the lackadaisical attitude of some residents of the state towards the cleaning of their environment.

Adeyemo while speaking with journalists shortly after monitoring the January, 2022 edition of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in Akure, the Ondo State capital, also revealed that over 80 poeple were arrested for violating environmental laws during the exercise.

The offenders were picked up at various locations within Akure metropolis during the first sanitation exercise in the new year.

She disclosed that the Authority was not satisfied because some residents did not comply with the exercise which happened to be the first in the new year.

“We are not impressed because the people are not complying at all. They were burning refuse, some poeple were holding service in their churches, which is not suppose to be.

“Environmental sanitation hours should be hours people should keep their environment clean, and not conducting programmes in churches.

“Also, some people were selling things. They didn’t even care, maybe probably because we didn’t hold environmental sanitation exercise last year December because it was a festive period.

“The drivers too were just loading in the parks. Apart from loading, their surroundings were just filthy, unhealthy and littered with waste. So, generally, we are not impressed”, she added.

The GM, however, assured that ODSWMA would remain resolute in its commitment to ensure the Sunshine State attains first position in environmental cleanliness in Nigeria.

“Be rest assured, we are moving forward. We are going to a point where we will not see any waste again in this state. We are going to where lost glory will be restored, and God has started, His working and we are on it. It shall surely come to pass in Jesus name”, Rev Adeyemo emphasised.

She also warned those who usually dump refuse in unauthorized places to desist from such unhealthy act or be ready to face the full weight of the law.