…Says Our Target Is To Make Oyo Cleanest In Nigeria
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Friday, launched the New Solid Waste Management Architecture in the State, which is tagged “Clean and Green Initiative.”
The Governor declared at the launch that “the cleanliness of the State is a collective responsibility that must not be left in hands of Government only.”
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, further quoted the Governor as telling the gathering at the event put together by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in conjunction with the Oyo State Waste Management Authority that the Clean and Green Initiative would empower many in the State.
He also stated that the initiative would be replicated in all the nooks and crannies of the State so as to make Oyo State one of the cleanest in Nigeria within a short time.
Governor Makinde charged all the relevant stakeholders to collaborate with the State Government in its bid to make the State more habitable, adding that the Government will soon sponsor the Commissioner of Environment and some top government officials to Kigali, Rwanda, which is reputed as the cleanest city in Africa, to understudy its solid waste management architecture so as to replicate same in Oyo State.
The Governor said: “On the 26th of April, 2019, two reporters working with the Guardian Newspaper put together a report headlined ‘Ibadan in the throes of refuse heaps.’ In that article, among other things, they stated that Ibadan was one of the dirtiest cities in Nigeria.
“When we got into government, we knew that cleanliness is next to godliness and it gets rid of diseases. So, we accepted then that the task ahead of our administration, when it came to waste management, was a daunting one.
“We were well aware of the difficulties ahead even before we came in. So, in our roadmap to the accelerated development for Oyo State from 2019-2023, one of the sectors we highlighted outside of the four pillars was waste management. With that robust plan, there won’t be illegal disposing of waste but keeping the streets clean.
“So, concerning waste management, we have to start from the basics. The first task I have to take is that those who were there and were only making returns to their sponsors, we relieved them of their duties in October. The next task for us is to put in a new architecture for solid waste management.
“If you check the cleanest city in Africa, it is Kigali. I was there two months ago for the first time. Now, I have told Commissioner of Environment to write to them and they have responded to us that we should come to their city and find out how they achieved it. Soon, the Commissioner for Environment and his team will be there to do the findings. It is only the best that is good for Oyo State.”
Speaking on the imperative of the sensitization programme, Makinde maintained that the Government realized that the responsibility of waste management was too strategic to be left in the hands of only the Government, calling on critical stakeholders join hands with the Government on the new waste management architecture in order to achieve the desired result of a cleaner Oyo State.
“Why we have organised this meeting is to let you know that, in most progressive societies, the entire work of waste management is not left in the hands of government alone. If we want only the government to tackle it, we won’t be able to achieve the desired result. “You have been paying some money. Actually, some are paying while some are not. Those who are packing refuse are only offering the service for those that are paying them.
“Let us join hands together with the Government. The money you are paying will drop as we are willing to make the system efficient for all. We have been told that investors have been coming to Oyo State and if we also want to do the business of refuse management, you have the opportunity to do so now. And we will use this opportunity to empower our people. We are confident that if this initiative succeeds, we will get a better result.
“We are open to criticism and corrections because we don’t know it all. So, whatever you see on the street that is not befitting, tell us through the feedback mechanism provided by the Government and we will take them seriously in the best interest of this State.
“It is not only Ibadan we want clean. We want all the cities in Oyo State to be clean as well. We want to be the cleanest state in Nigeria and, indeed, in Africa, if not in the world.”
……Appoints Rural Water Supply Agency Chair, Two Special Assistants
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has appointed the trio of Engr. Ahmed Najeem Omirinde, Mr. Kehinde Ogunsanya and Mr. Muritala Olajide Adigun as chairman, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Senior Special Assistant on Economic Planning and Special Assistant on Digital Media respectively.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to the Governor, Moses Alao, indicated that the Governor, in the letter of appointments issued to the trio, wished them the best in their new assignments, urging them to serve with dedication and loyalty.
The appointments were with immediate effect.
Engr. Omirinde, who was appointed to head the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, is a COREN-certified Engineer with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.
Apart from his professional career, Omirinde served as a member of Oyo State House of Assembly between 1991 and 1993 and was a member of the Oyo State Rural Electrification Board in 2005.
He is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers as well as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, London.
The newly-appointed Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Economic Planning, Ogunsanya, has an MBA from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State.
Ogunsanya, prior to his appointment, served as Business Development Manager, Skye Bank, Agodi, Ibadan as well as Head of E-Business, South-West Regions at Skye Bank PLC.
He has also been “a key team member of several ground-breaking contributions to the development and turn-around of the Finance and Banking sub-sector of the Nigerian economy in the last twenty-four years and has risen to the level of a Manager in the Industry,” the statement read.
Ogunsanya’s professional qualifications include Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Acib) 2001 and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of banker (Fcib) 2018.
The newly appointed Special Assistant to the Governor on Digital Media, Mr. Adigun, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan and a National Certificate in Education (NCE) from Osun State College of Education, Ilesha.
Adigun also attended the Ratibi Muslim School I, Oluyoro, Oke-Offa, Ibadan as well as the Oke’badan High School, Oluyoro Oke-Offa, Ibadan.
Apart from his current trade as a farmer, Adigun has been a classroom teacher all along.