The Kwara State Government has urged kwarans to maintain cleanliness and avoid indiscriminate dumping of refuse in Ilorin metropolis and other parts of the state to avert possible outbreak of epidemics.
The Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Abosede Olaitan Buraimoh made the call in Ilorin, during an inspection tour of the metropolis to monitor the rate of compliance of the people with regards to environmental sanitation laws.
The Commissioner, in a statement signed by the press Secretary of the Ministry, Okanlawon Taiwo and made available to newsmen, described the unhygienic attitude of residents of the state capital as environment, especially Adeta roundabout where illegal dumping of refuse still persists, after the Ministry’s intervention in clearing the nuisance.
Hon. Buraimoh noted with great concern that such unhygienic habit of the people was very disturbing to the state government, pointing out that the present administration will leave no stone unturned to achieve its goals of making the state safe for everyone.
According to her, “this waste dumped illegally has a lot of health hazards to humanity, people are diagnosed of so many ailments like cholera, different kinds of infections, communicable diseases and others which results in illnesses.
I urge everyone to imbibe the act of living healthy by avoiding indiscriminate dumping of refuse on road medians, road sides and illegal places, let everyone make use of the rorobins at strategic locations or wait for waste compactors plying the route for adequate disposal, shop owners and offices should patronize the commercial waste contractors”, She said.
The Commissioner advised citizens of the state to cultivate the habit of absolute cleanliness, as this will have more impact on their supplications to Almighty Allah in this period of Ramadan.
Responding, the Mogaji Ile Awo, Adeta , Mallam Saka Rahmon thanked the Commissioner and her team for the prompt visit and proactive action taken to nip possible breakout of diseases in the area.
He pleaded with the state government to come to their aid by intervening to evacuate the nuisance from the area, while promising to apprehend and bring to book anyone caught dumping refuse indiscriminately in the area.
Other areas also visited by the Commissioner include Pakata, Omoda, Taiwo Road, Unity axis, and Admiralty Road, all in Ilorin.