IBADAN – To ensure proper enforcement of Oyo State environmental laws and avert possible flooding in the state, Governor Seyi Makinde has approved the formation of environmental tribunal.
Additional arrangement is in top gear to conduct the first environmental summit where all stakeholders whose activities impact on the environment will seek to generate solutions to the environmental challenges facing the state in order to make it safer and more hygienic.
The revelations were made on Monday by the state Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Kehinde Ayoola, during a press conference on “Flood Alert and Preparedness of Ibadan Metropolis”, held at the Film Theatre of the Ministry of Information, Mass Mobilisation, Culture and Tourism, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan.
Ayoola was accompanied by his host counterpart, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, permanent secretaries, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju (Environment and Natural Resources), Gabriel Oguntola (Information), Governor Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa; Project Coordinator, Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project, Adedayo Ayorinde; directors from both ministries and officials of the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP).
Noting that the environmental tribunal will soon be inaugurated by Governor Makinde, Ayoola said the Ministry of Environment has discovered that the bad environmental habit and improper disposal of refuse in different parts of the state are things of the mind and as such, would engage in continuous engagement of the people on the need to change their attitude.
He added that the press conference became imperative to alert and update the people following the predictions of the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) on the 2019 annual flood outlook, which fingered Oyo State as a likely victim of flooding.