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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

ODSG declares zero tolerance on environmental laws violation

By Saheed Ibrahim

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Ondo state government has declared that activities that undermine safety in the state will not be tolerated as violators of environmental laws  will face the full wrath of the law.

The Special Adviser to Ondo State Governor on Environment, Oyeniyi Oseni while speaking at a one day stakeholders’ forum of the Ondo State Environmental Protection Agency (ODSEPA), noted that environment issues were cross-cutting and affected every segment of the economy as environment provided  life support system for man.

According to him, “it is important to let you know that it will not be business as usual as there will be no hiding place for those who violate environmental laws of Ondo state.

“While we encourage manufacturing and commercial centres to industrialise the state, we as Agency of government, saddled with the responsibility of environmental protection, will have zero tolerance for environmental pollution arising from the activities of the operators, so that the people of the state will not suffer unwarranted hardship”.

Mr Oseni assured that ODSEPA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and other stakeholders, would not overlook any violation of environmental laws in the state, adding that the right equipment and staff training had been put in place for effective performance

While commending Governor Akeredolu for his positive visions for the state and commitment to environmental protection, he solicited the support of every individual in the state for ODSEPA in  actualization of its objective.

While delivering his goodwill message to ODSEPA, the Ondo State Commissioner for Environment, Sunday Akinwalire noted that the birth of ODSEPA would usher new development to Ondo State, enjoining everyone to contribute to keeping the environment healthy.

He stressed that the environment determines individual’s life and there was need to ensure  safer and cleaner environment, in line with the Redeem agenda of Governor  Akeredolu.

Also, the Head of Service, Pastor Niran Adeyemo, represented by Mr Afolabi, also stressed that the protection of Environment was the responsibility of every individual.

In his own message, the Director General, Project Performance Implementation Monitoring Unit (PPIMU), Eng. Babajide Akeredolu said Mr Governor was so much concerned about the protection of Environment in the state and reason  he brought knowledgeable people to handle the sector.

He mentioned that the Governor had earmarked some hectres of land for afforestation as part of efforts to have environmental sustainability in  the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Pastor Akin Asaniyan appreciated the initiative of the Governor and those he put in charge of the environment sector, in the state.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Administrative Secretary of ODSEPA, Princess Korede Giwa noted that ODSEPA was a product of the Public Service Reforms in the state and it functioned as the watchdog of the environment.

She stressed that environmental protection was not the function of the government alone but a process that required concerted efforts from all and sundry.

Stakeholders present at the event highlighted some environmental challenges in the state that needed to be addressed.

Parts of their suggestions for environment sustainability covered creation of mobile courts to punish violators of environmental laws, synergy with other agencies and establishing laws on carbondioxide emission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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