The Oyo State Government says it will introduce house-to-house enforcement of the state environmental laws from January 15 to curb diseases. Chief Isaac Ishola, Oyo State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, disclosed this during a ministerial briefing in Ibadan, the state capital.
Ishola said that officials of the state government would from Monday be inspecting houses for their waste bins, warning that any house without it will be sanctioned.
“The law stipulates that every house must have a waste bin. Every person that generates waste must dispose it in a sustainable manner and through government accredited waste collectors.
“We will be inspecting the houses and anyone without waste bin will be sealed, after a three-day grace period. Violators are liable to six months jail term or option of N50,000 fines. Whoever disregards the seal order on any house will pay N200,000,’’ the Commissioner said.
He stated that the state government observed the abysmal level of compliance with the state environmental laws, saying that people now dump refuse indiscriminately across the state.
The Commissioner said that the people should confirm the list of accredited waste collectors from the ministry, urging them to pay collectors with the state Waste Management (OYWMA) receipt.