Kwara State Government has inaugurated an environmental task force that will be going around to enforce compliance with Environmental laws across the state.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Mallam Shehu Ndanusa Usman inaugurated the team at the State Ministry of Environment in Ilorin, on Tuesday.
According to the Commissioner while inaugurating the taskforce , “You may recall that the Ministry has taken sensitization to Traditional rulers, Marketers and other stakeholders in the state on the need to inform their subjects to adhere strictly to the State Environmental laws or face the full wrath of the law.
“We also informed the public that starting from the first week of February, any marketers caught displaying goods on the pedestrian paths, medians and any other areas that will inhibit the free movement of vehicles or people plying the road will have his/her goods confiscated.”
In addition, the Commissioner also said that “The indiscriminate dumping of refuse on pedestrian paths, medians and any other unapproved dump sites will attract a fine of N50,000 for individuals and N200,000 naira for corporate organizations or imprisonment”.
The Commissioner therefore warned environmental violators to desist from violation laws, stating that, henceforth, anybody caught selling goods on pedestrian or road medians or dropping refuse indiscriminately, deforestation and charcoal production starting from tomorrow, 1st February 2024 will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
The Commissioner, therefore, charged members to exhibit a high level of commitment to the task ahead to ensure sanitary in our environment and reduction in the level of deforestation across the state.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Hajia Afusat Ibrahim commended the initiative of the Honourable Commissioner in constituting the Taskforce to complement the efforts of the Ministry in its strive to ensure a clean and healthy environment in the state.
The members of the Taskforce comprise Environmental Health Officers, Forestry Officers, Nigerian Police, Nigerian Civil Defense, KWARTMA, KWEPA, National Youth Council, among others.