The Oyo state government on Tuesday warned residents of the state to deviate from dumping refuse on road medians.
The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola warned residents while on routine environmental and refuse evacuation exercises in Ibadan.
He said anyone caught in the act would be punished according to the laws.
In his words “These road medians are to give way to smoother traffic flow, to reduce risks of head-on collisions, also to enhance aesthetics and pleasant view of the road and environment at large.
“But very unfortunate that some residents have turned these medians to where they can dump refuse; henceforth, erring residents caught would be prosecuted,”
He urged residents to collaborate with the government in achieving a clean environment across the state, through environmental law compliance.
Furthermore, The commissioner also ordered people trading on road walkways and roadsides to vacate immediately, saying the present administration in the state would no longer tolerate lawlessness.
He emphasised that the state government would not hesitate to enforce sanctions on individuals, corporate bodies and groups committing environmental infractions, irrespective of how highly placed.
He noted that the inspection and refuse evacuation would be carried out in all the zones of the state.