For contravening the Ekiti State Environmental Health and Sanitation Law, no fewer than 574 persons have been prosecuted by a mobile court for environmental offences.
Government has also warned those smoking tobacco in public places to desist, saying tobacco prohibition law would be enforced.
At a press briefing held in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, the Commissioner for Environment, Bisi Kolawole, who said the offenders were prosecuted in accordance with the Ekiti State
Environmental Law number 4 of 2004, noted that 354 offenders were convicted for flouting the monthly environmental sanitation exercise.
Kolawole, who said the offenders were given option of fines, added that 220 persons were jailed for committing offences ranging from “open defecation, dumping of refuse into drainages and canals, illegal trading on roadsides” among others.
The commissioner sounded a note of warning to those perpetrating illegal flitching of trees in the state, saying such unwholesome practices would no longer be tolerated.
He said the Waste Management Authority generated N456 million, while N56 million was generated through sawmill licensing, hammer control, minor forest produce, forest logging and toll collection.
Kolawole said the amount would have been more, but for the nefarious activities of illegal flitchers and other saboteurs who are defrauding the system.
The commissioner disclosed that government has dredged over 37,000 metres of stream to control flooding in Ado Ekiti metropolis, pointing out that the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canals and waterways had frustrated government’s efforts at permanently checkmating the menace.
Kolawole noted that the ministry would no longer tolerate the citing of petrol stations beside commercial or residential buildings.
“In spite of the sensitisation and moratorium given for all residential houses to have a toilet and waste bin, people are still uncooperative. We have three months moratorium to meet these conditions, but nobody has been prosecuted even a year after because Governor Fayose operates a people-oriented government.
“It is now compulsory for every residence to have a toilet, failure to do this the state government would take you to court,” he said.
The commissioner also directed those engaged in excavation of laterite and sand to always take permission before engaging in such acts, saying “it has been discovered that their activities are causing flooding and failure to get the appropriate permit shall attract severe sanctions.”

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