Oyo Govt To Sanction Unauthorised Environmental Consultants - EDU-BIZNEWS


Friday, October 13, 2023

Oyo Govt To Sanction Unauthorised Environmental Consultants

Oyo State Government has asked waste contractors, to ensure that they are duly registered with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, threathening to fish out every  unauthorized consultant  and sanctioned according to the State Environmental laws.

The State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Arc. Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola read the riot act during a meeting with the waste consultants in Ibadan, the state capital 

He urged them to regularize their triannial and monthly technical reports, like Environmental Audit Reports and the Environmental Impact Assessment report with required standards. 

Mogbonjubola called on the consultants  otherwise known as Accredited Franchisees, to harmonize all regulators' policies, relating to adequate registration.

He added that the Government will sanction anyone found culpable of environmental pollution and degradation, either of emissions, liquid, solid or gaseous wastes. 

Mogbonjubola said the present administration is working round the clock towards repositioning and strengthening the cleanliness of its environment to an enviable position in the country. 

This, he said has prompted the administration to embark on a serious crusade, which has led to the invitation of all environmental consultants in the State, for interactions over their expected roles, adherence to rules  of engagements and compliance.

Architect Mogbonjubola assured of the readiness of government to play its part at ensuring all stakeholders are carried along and sensitised in the proactive  drive towards a sustainable healthy environment.

The Honourable Commissioner explained that the invitation and sensitization of the  Environmental Consultants is important prior to enforcement by Government officials. 

He added that the law has given the Ministry powers to monitor compliance , enforce and sanction culprit of environmental pollution and degradation, either of emissions, liquid, solid or gaseous wastes. 

He emphasized that the Government is not out witchhaunt any individual, corporate organizations or groups, but, rather to ensure the replenishment of all potential umpact of activities on environment .

According to him, "we need a better and sane society, a beneficial relationship and a system where  laws are strictly  adhered to. Your proactiveness determines the level of compliance by companies and industries".

In a build-up to this, the Commissioner had engaged about Two Hundred Agro-Allied, Chemical,  Construction Companies, Quarries and other industrial facilities in the State, on mutual collaborations, and expected roles, towards general cleanliness of their working premises, waste management, storage, operational health and safety of workers.

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