By David Adeoye
News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the programme tagged “Clean and Green Initiative,” was put together by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in conjunction with the Oyo State Waste Management Authority.
Makinde, in his speech at the occasion, posited that cleanliness of the state should be a collective responsibility that must not be left in the hands of government alone.
He said that the Clean and Green Initiative would empower many people in the state.
He added that it would be replicated in all the nooks and crannies in order to make Oyo state one of the cleanest in Nigeria within a short time.
The governor, therefore charged all the relevant stakeholders to collaborate with the state government in its bid to make the state more habitable.
He further disclosed that government would 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.”
He said his administration believed that cleanliness was next to godliness and was, therefore, committed to effective waste management.
“We were well aware of the difficulties ahead even before we came in. So, in our roadmap to the accelerated development of 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. We must keep our streets clean.
“Government has realised that the responsibility of waste management is too strategic to be left in the hands of only the government. Collaboration with critical stakeholders on the new waste management architecture to achieve the desired result is therefore very critical.”