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Ogun State House of Assembly has urged the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to appoint another substantive Commissioner for Environment .
The assembly hinges its call on the role of the State Ministry of Environment at ensuring a cleaning , healthy ,safe and sustainable environment in the state .
The Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, made the apppeal while responding to the submission of a member representing Yewa North II and the Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Wahab Haruna, who intimated the Assembly on the need to fill the vacuum created by the absence of a political head for the Ministry.
Oluomo said the absence of a Commissioner is affecting some of the programmes, performances and output of the Ministry .
Oluomo said the appointment of political office holders remained the prerogative of the State Governor.
He added that considering the need to ensure the promotion of safe and healthy environment, there was need for the appointment of a new State Commissioner to take charge of the Ministry.
The former Commissioner for Environment Abiodun Abudu-Balogun was suspended by the governor ,Dapo Abiodun over the allegation of sexual harassment of a secondary school .
PLATFORM TIMES observed that the sacking of Abudu-Balogun was done in secret as there was no formal announcement of the sacking of the former Commissioner .
While canvassing the need to appoint new commissioner, the Speaker said the appointment of new commissioner would allow for a more robust coordination and administration of the Ministry towards harnessing all strategies in tackling all environmental hazards including flash flood alert which had since been issued by Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET).
The statement read partly “calling for an improved efforts and synergy amongst related agencies handling environmental issues to reduce the adverse effects of the perennial flooding in some parts of the State, Oluomo equally admonished residents to adopt an attitudinal change by not dumping refuse in drainage channels or erecting structures on water ways, just as he urged those living on plain level prone to flooding to relocate in line with NIMET advice.
“Earlier, Haruna stated that the Ministry which had been without a Commissioner for about six months required a substantive Commissioner to achieve optimum performance.”