Our environmental policies have saved Oyo from cholera – Deputy Governor
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Our environmental policies have saved Oyo from cholera – Deputy Governor

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Oyo State Deputy Governor, Mr Bayo Lawal, believes that the lack of cholera cases in the state is due to the recent environmental protection policies introduced by the state government.

He also revealed that the government of his boss, Mr Seyi Makinde, has already prepared for unforeseen epidemic circumstances, especially after COVID-19 almost brought the world to a standstill in 2020.

Speaking at the 2024 National Environment Day celebrations Environmental sanitation in the era of climate changeHe added that the government had consciously taken steps to improve the environment, resulting in a cleaner environment across the state.

Mr Lawal who represented Mr Makinde at the symbolic launch of street sweeping at Itesiwaju Market and Agodi Parking Lot in Ibadan, advised residents to always notify the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of important information on environmental matters.

He theorized that fear of cholera, which is contagious and could spread to neighboring states, contributed to the success of putting all medical personnel on high alert and ensuring that all suspected cases were treated quickly.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that the state government has over the years taken several positive and groundbreaking environmental measures that have improved environmental safety in various parts of the state, protecting them from the effects of climate change.

He reiterated that the administration’s zero tolerance policy towards filth and untidy dumping of garbage, cleaning and expansion of river beds in all geopolitical zones are important factors.

Mr. Lawal appealed to the residents to change their attitude, urging them to prioritize healthy lifestyles over any infectious diseases, especially cholera. He asked the public to discourage dumping garbage into drains, rivers, road dividers and unauthorized areas. He also promised to consolidate the achievements made so far.

The Oyo State citizen pledged to provide the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources with all necessary support to fulfil its mandate, urging all to rise to the challenges of climate change which has spared no part of the world, and also appealing to riverside residents in the state to be extra vigilant.

National Environmental Sanitation Day is held every year on June 28 to raise awareness of the need for personal and environmental hygiene among Nigerians. The day was commemorated in Oyo State on Tuesday, July 9, 2024.