By Peter Moses
Ogun state government yesterday arrested 12 residents for alleged indiscriminate dumping of refuse on median strips in Sango-Ota, Ogun state.
The Commissioner for Environment, Bolaji Oyeleye, during a monitoring exercise at Sango Ota area of the state, disclosed that the Ministry had commenced a 24 hours surveillance aimed at curbing the menace of indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the state.
Oyeleye, who was represented by the Coordinator, Environmental Sanitation Task Force (Team A), Owolabi Oduntan, said the surveillance had led to arrest of 12 residents in Sango Ota, saying this would serve as deterrent to others.
He noted that some residents had imbibed habits of dumping waste on medians as against government approved dumpsites or with waste vendors.
The commissioner added that the 24 hours task force surveillance would be a continuous exercise, as the state government was unhappy about the resurgence of indiscriminate dumping of refuse on median strips.
“Some of the residents are making the task of keeping our environment clean at all times difficult. They have refused to heed the several warnings of the Ministry. We are working round the clock and anyone caught will be sanctioned. We hereby appeal to local government authorities and those of the LCDAs to endeavour to complement our efforts at the state level,” he said.