Ondo State’s waste management agency cordoned off five commercial centers, including shopping malls, supermarkets and other buildings, on Tuesday for environmental violations.
Affected companies that have been cordoned off for their unsanitary practices include NAO Supermarkets; Olukayode shopping center, Arowolo Bookshop, Rainbow Furniture and Salon Megastore in Akure, the state capital.
Regarding the closure, the agency’s director general, Ms. Ayo Adeyemo, said the owners of the stores violated environmental laws and did not adhere to established sanitary practices.
Adeyemo said the waste agency’s action became necessary after the affected companies failed to act on the agency’s warning.
She said the buildings had been cordoned off by court order as part of the agency’s ongoing aggressive awareness and enforcement campaign to ensure full compliance with environmental hygiene and prevent a possible outbreak of any form of the disease.
She said officials from the agency visited the affected buildings to warn them so that the owners could do what was necessary but did not do so.
She pointed out that the sealed companies are responsible for dumping mountains of rubbish along the main roads of the state capital because they don’t have enough garbage cans to store their rubbish.
She said: “The agency will continue the ongoing aggressive awareness and enforcement campaign to ensure a healthier, safer and cleaner environment that is attractive to foreign investors and everyone to live in.
She insisted that the affected buildings remain sealed until the owners do what is necessary and comply with environmental hygiene law.
Adeyemo said the agency will continue the aggressive awareness and enforcement exercise until it is satisfied and reaches high levels of environmental cleanliness in the state capital.
“From now on, any business owner or person found to be throwing rubbish on the streets and other unauthorized locations will be arrested and taken to psychiatric hospitals for brain tests.”
In her opinion, no sane person would not know how to properly dispose of his waste.
She lamented a situation where some popular supermarkets were selling food in an unkempt and unhealthy environment, saying it was harmful to human health.
She advised all residents to refrain from dumping rubbish indiscriminately in unauthorized locations, but to get prescribed rubbish bins or risk being arrested and prosecuted.
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