By Kemi Olatunde
Stakeholders in the environment sector have berated attitude of some residents of Ondo State towards maintaining clean environment as 89 people were arrested for violating the environmental law during the exercise on Saturday.
The stakeholders spoke last Saturday during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in Akure.
Speaking with journalists shortly after a visit to a motor park along Cathedral route in Akure, Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Sunday Akinwalire explained that it was the responsibility of government to engage in continuous sensitisation and enlightenment of residents to ensure that they embrace neatness especially in their environment.
He noted that government will soon roll out plans to ensure that people were adequately informed and enlightened in order to prevent the outbreak of pandemic in the state.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Prophet Akin Asaniyan while giving his remarks after the exercise stressed the need for enforcement and effective monitoring for the prevention of illegal dump sites in the state.
Chairman, Committee on Waste Management, Mr Badejo assured residents of government’s resolve to eradicate all illegal dump sites in the state and called on residents to embrace clean environment for their well-being.
The team also visited Iloro market where cooked food items were seized as some residents especially hausas were seen buying and selling cooked spaghetti, bread, indomie and ready made beverages.
Also two churches of the same name situated both in Iloro and Prestige, Ijoka, Akure were in the midst of a programme during the visit of the team to the churches One of the pastors was arrested.