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Ogun State Government on Saturday said it has apprehended and prosecuted 128 persons for dumping refuse on the roadside and into canals, thereby blocking free flow of water, in different part of the state.
The environmental offenders were reportedly arrested in Abeokuta, Ijebu-ode, Sagamu, Ota, Ifo, Mowe and Ibafo.
The government said their action contravened the state Environmental laws, aided flooding which had destroyed public and private properties, as well as infringed on the public peace and safety.
The offenders who were subsequently prosecuted before mobile courts, all pleaded guilty and were fined between N5,000 and N10,000.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment and Head of the Ogun State Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA), Ola Oresanya on Saturday told newsmen that the development was part of the government’s determination at maintaining clean environment and reduce incessant flooding.
Oresanya said the prosecution would as deterrent to other environmental law defaulters in the state.
He urged residents to patronize waste managers assigned to their areas as the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration since January has accredited and assigned one hundred and 120 waste managers to various Local Government Areas for effective collection of refuse.
The initiative, according to him, was to “stop illegal dumping of refuse and stop the spread of diseases and destruction of public and private infrastructure.”
The Special Adviser also reiterated the state government’s commitment to always maintain a safe and clean environment, adding that there is no going back on enforcement of the state environmental laws in the state.
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