Ogun arrest, prosecute 128 environmental sanitation offenders

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Femi Adeleke
Abeokuta
In her determination at maintaining clean environment and reduce incessant flooding, the Ogun state government has arrested and prosecuted 128 environmental offenders.
The offenders who were apprehended and prosecuted in major cities and towns-Abeokuta, Ijebu-ode, Sagamu, Ota, Ifo, Mowe and Ibafo were found guilty of dumping refuse on roads, medians, water courses and canals.
They all pleaded guilty and were subsequently fined between N5,000 and N10,000.
The offense, according to Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment and Head of the Ogun State Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA), Mr Ola Oresanya, contravened the state Environmental laws.
Oresanya added that the actions of the offenders had further aided flooding that has destroyed public and private properties as well as infringing on public peace and safety.
He said the arrest and successful prosecution would serve as deterrent to others as the enforcement of the state environmental laws would continue.
Oresanya urged residents to patronise waste managers assigned to their areas as the government had since January accredited and assigned 120 PSP waste managers to various Local governments for effective collection of refuse to stop illegal dumping of refuse and stop the spread of diseases and destruction of public and private infrastructure.
While promising that the state government would continue to invest in waste management infrastructure, Oresanya urged members of the public to support the various initiatives through its waste management cellular economic programs such as waste- recycling, waste-use and waste-reduction.
Oresanya also reiterated the state government’s commitment to bequeath a safe and clean environment, adding that the enforcement of the state environmental laws would continue through the arrest of erring members of the public by the state Environmental Health Personnel and the Nigeria Police, Ogun state command.
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