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Ondo: 50 persons arrested over sanitation offences

No fewer than 50 persons were arrested by the officials of the Ondo State Waste Management Authority, for violating various environmental sanitation offences in the state.

The suspects were arrested during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in Akure, the state capital, on Saturday. They were immediately charged to court and were made to pay different fines.

The General Manager, Ondo State Waste Management Authority, Mrs Ayo Adeyemo, disclosed this while speaking shortly after the exercise.

Adeyemo stated that the offenders were picked up at different locations within the Akure metropolis during the monthly exercise.

She urged the residents of the state to always obey the law and desist from dumping waste into drainages and other unauthorised places, warning that anybody who violates environmental sanitation laws would face the consequence.

She said, “We must imbibe the culture of keeping our environment clean. Environmental sanitation should be a daily affair and we should not wait until somebody forces us to clean our environment. Let us all keep our environment clean and free from any form of the disease.

“Some people who brought their wastes to the roadside to litter the street were arrested, and we shall continue to do this. We should respect environmental laws, we should obey the law so that things can work well.

“We shall continue to sensitise, enlighten and also enforce the laws so that we can achieve a high level of cleanliness for the benefit of the residents and our state in general.”

Adeyemo also disclosed that the popular shopping malls (Shoprite) and a market sealed last Monday over unhygienic and unsanitary practices have been opened.

According to her, the commercial centres have complied, to a large extent, with the laid down hygienic practices even though the Authority is still monitoring them.

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