Building houses near dumpsite dangerous – Govt
By Kemi Olatunde
Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Waste Management Authority, Mrs Bola Akinyanmi has cautioned residents of the state on their lackadaisical attitude in giving room to the necessary kilometers to be observed before building residential houses near dumpsites in order to prevent pollution and outbreak of diseases in the state.
He spoke during the January, 2020 edition of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise which she monitored both in Igbokoda, Ilaje Local Government and Okitipupa, Okitipupa Local Government Areas of the state on Saturday.
According to her, it is unhealthy for people to live close to dump site especially in this period of lassa fever outbreak in the state noting that people should give more value to their health and avoid waste of resources by building in decent areas.
While meeting with some Environmental Health Officers in the two local government areas, she commended the high level of compliance of residents to the exercise and stressed the need for the daily collection of house to house waste saying “it is not good for people to keep waste in their houses for long before it is collected.”
Advocating for partnership with private sector by the two local governments on waste collection, she explained that it is important for local governments to leverage on partnership noting that the encouragement given to the private sector is enforcement.
While stating that waste management requires collaborative efforts, she charged Okitipupa local government to source for more PSP with trucks in order to achieve an effective waste collection in the area.
Inspecting the Okitipupa neighborhood market, the Perm Sec frowned at the dirty state of the environment and stressed the need for change of attitude by the people.
She specifically condemned the use of some allocated spaces in the market as refuse dump and also the display of goods on the walk lane and main road in front of the market and assured that necessary steps will be taken by concerned stakeholders on the cleanliness of the market.
In her reaction, Iyaloja, Okitipupa LG, Chief Mrs Dorcas Alailedoye noted that the people used to get involved in market sanitation exercise on weekly basis which has been on hold for a while and assured that with government intervention, they will embrace cleanliness in the market saying “we don’t have government officials to monitor us.”
A market woman, Mrs Olorunyomi Olayemi while speaking with The Hope lamented the rate at which the Hausa wheelbarrow pushers who mostly display their goods along the main road, litter the environment and called the necessary authority to caution them saying “when we call them to order, they will try to beat us. We want government to come to our aid.”
Also speaking with The Hope, Director, Local Government Administration, Okitipupa, Engr. Babarinde Bolarinwa noted that lassa fever would have been eradicated in the country if government has been proactive.
He thanked the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his efforts in eradicating the fever in the state and specifically commended him for the fund he is set to release for local government for effective waste management in the state.