Category: Ministry of Environment and Water Resources

Makinde Proposes #3Billion Investment Plan For Water Supply 

….As Oyo RUWASSA Is Set To Repair 330 Faulty Boreholes in LGAs

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has proposed a #3billion (more…)

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Oyo Vows To End Open Defecation By 2025

….As RUWASSA Commissions 10,000 Litters Daily Water Projects

Oyo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (more…)

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Oyo State Loses Commissioner For Environment Kehinde Ayoola

We regret the death of our Honourable Commissioner For Environment and Natural Resources, RT. HON. KEHINDE (more…)

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Oyo Govt. Births New Solid Waste Mgt System

…promises not to demolish encroached buildings on Awotan dumpsite.

Oyo State Government says it has birthed a new waste management system in the State, adding that it has no plans to demolish buildings which have encroached on Awotan dumpsite.

The Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Kehinde Ayoola revealed this on Tuesday, in a town-hall meeting held with host Communities and residents of Awotan/Akufo in Ibadan.

The town-hall meeting came on the heels of fears nursed by residents of Awotan that houses which encroached on the space of the dumpsite might be demolished by Oyo State Government, while the Commissioner also sought for their co-operation in ending the menace caused by the dumpsite.

Ayoola, said the Oyo State Government has put in place, proper measures to upscale the solid waste management, which is better efficient and would solve the problem of urban solid waste management in the State.

He added that to achieve the largely private-sector driven system, Oyo State Government has brought on board Macpresse West Africa Ltd, a waste management and recycling facility, headed by Mr. Idowu Salawu.

He noted that the company, with over 20 years’ experience in the Environment sector, would assist the State Government in reducing pollution at Ajakanga and Awotan dumpsites and manage Oyo State’s waste management system effectively.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju, the Commissioner noted that the new solid waste management architecture in the State would ensure proper collection, disposal and management of waste in the State, which would henceforth not have adverse effects on residents of Awotan and its environs.

“Oyo State Government, under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde has approved the rehabilitation of two dumpsites in the State, at Ajakanga and Awotan dumpsites. The rehabilitation process is starting at Awotan dumpsite”.

Speaking during the meeting, the Managing Director, Macpresse West Africa Ltd, Mr. Idowu Salawu, said the company’s mandate is to upgrade, rehabilitate and reclaim dumpsites in the State.

He added that Macpresse West Africa Limited would expand the efficiency of the solid waste in the State according to international best practice for Oyo State.

While he reassured residents of Araro, Akufo and Awotan of Government’s magnanimity not to demolish any building, Salawu also called for collective responsibility of the residents in having a smooth upscale in the waste collection operations at the Awotan dumpsite.

Salawu also promised indigenous participation at the dumpsite, by providing employment opportunities for residents, adding that his company would support indigenous workers and ensure it decongests the dumpsite in a short while.

In their separate responses, the Osi Baale Awotan-Adaba, Chief Amusa Akangbe and the Chairman, Awotan-Araro-Akufo Community Association, Elder Ayoade Fajimi thanked the State Government for fulfilling its promises to bring development to Awotan community.

 

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner,

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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Makinde Directs Payment Of Five Months Salaries Of OYWMA Workers Within 24 Hours

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, directed the immediate payment of five months outstanding (more…)

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Oyo Govt. Set To Rehabilitate Ajakanga Dumpsite

Oyo State Government has reiterated its commitment to rehabilitate the Ajakanga dumpsite, following an inferno that gutted the dumpsite.

This disclosure was made known by the Commissioner for the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Rt. Hon. Keyinde Ayoola recently.

The Commissioner, who in the company of his counterpart from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Prof. Raphael Afonja paid a visit to the Ajakanga dumpsite, noted that it is not unusual to experience fire outbreaks at dumpsites during the dry season due to the self- ignition.

Ayoola further said, such inferno is often produced from the vast deposit of gas generated by microbial activity, arising from the organic component of wastes deposited on dumpsite.

He said, “for this reason, we encourage residents to desist from encroaching dumpsite areas. Apart from causing environmental threats, it could also destroy lives and properties through the wide spread of the combusting fire raging from the site”.

“Unfortunately, we lost a waste truck, but then, the plans that we have now is the rehabilitation of this dump site including the three others”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Hon. Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof. Raphael Afonja added that the rehabilitation would start immediately in preparation for the raining season.

He added that the construction of roads is part of the rehabilitation and that proper designs would be made to create pathways for the trucks entering the site.

The duo was on an inspection visit to appraise the extent of inferno on the Ajakanga dumpsite, which gutted fire last-week Wednesday’s midnight.

Oyo State is managing four dumpsites namely Ajakanga, Awotan, Aba-eku and Lapite.

 

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

 

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Oyo Govt Seals Filling Station Under Construction

The Oyo State Government has sealed a filling station, under construction in Ibadan, based on negative impact the facility would have on a nearby Primary School and persons living within the premises.

Honourable Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, revealed that Oyo State Government issued the directive, following petitions received from residents and business owners.

The filling station, which is under construction at Apata area within Ibadan metropolis is situated very close to St. Michael’s Primary school, Apata, Ibadan and other business facilities.

Ayoola, who visited the site along with Environmental Health Officers of the State said the visit was aimed at accessing the environmental impact of the construction site and take measures that would promote a friendly environment devoid of environmental threats, particularly the pupils of the School.

“As a responsive and responsible Government, the safety and well-being of residents is paramount to us, which must not be compromised most importantly when a school is involved. Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration, having education as one of its cardinal agenda, would not allow anything to hinder the success of its education of our pupils” he said.

“We have to put a stop work order and seal up this facility considering the fact that it does not have environmental impact assessment report and some other necessary permit that regulates environmental activities of the State” he added

Hon. Ayoola further said that though as a State that encourages myriad of business opportunities and entrepreneurship development, business activities should not be carried out at the detriment of the people. However, the Government is saddled with the responsibility of protecting the people from any environmental hazards that may likely have negative impact on them

The Hon. Commissioner asserted that the action was to correct the unfriendly habits of degrading the environment which may be susceptible to people’s health.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner,

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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Noise Pollution: Oyo Govt. calls for obedience to Environmental laws

Residents of Oyo State have been enjoined to comply with environmental regulations of the State, especially as it relates to noise pollution.

A statement signed by the Commissioner of Environment and Natural resources, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola today stated that noise pollution makes the environment unfriendly and as such creates severe influence on human mental and physical health.

Therefore, the Commissioner enjoined residents to abide with regulations, calling for cooperation by residents of the State.

Rt. Hon. Ayoola opined that failure to comply, may cause unending friction among parties involved, thereby causing conflict in the society.

“It is opined that adequate compliance would assist to foster better working relationship and conducive environment without confrontation and friction involving the parties”, the statement read.

Towards this end, the Oyo State Government, through the Ministry has mandated all block industry owners, night clubs, patent medicine sellers, churches, mosques, musical vendors, street dancers to henceforth reduce their noise to permissible level that complies with existing law of the State.

Hesitation to abide by this law, the statement read, would attract heavy penalties and wrath of the binding laws of Oyo State.

 

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

 

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