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Ogun Assembly urges Abiodun to appoint new environment commissioner

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The Ogun House of Assembly has appealed to Gov. Dapo Abiodun to appoint a substantive Commissioner for the state’s Ministry of Environment.

Mr Olakunle Oluomo (Ifo-1), Speaker of the Assembly, made the appeal while responding to submission of Wahab Haruna (Yewa North 11), who intimated the Assembly on the need to fill the vacuum created by the absence of a political head for the Ministry.

The speaker, who considered the promotion of safe and healthy environment, said there was need for the appointment of a new state commissioner to take charge of the ministry.

He said such appointment would allow for a more robust coordination and administration of the ministry towards harnessing all strategies in tackling all environmental hazards, including flash flood alert.

The speaker called for an improved efforts and synergy among related agencies handling environmental issues to reduce the adverse effects of perennial flooding in some parts of the state.

Oluomo equally admonished residents of the state to adopt an attitudinal change by not dumping refuse in drainage channels or erecting structures on water ways.

Earlier, Haruna stated that the Ministry which had been without a commissioner for about six months, required a substantive commissioner to achieve optimum performance.

Haruna noted that the vacuum had been affecting some of the programmes, performances and output of the ministry.

The state government had on January 3, suspended the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, pending the conclusion of an independent investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment of a 16-year old girl.

The suspension was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi.

The suspended commissioner was directed to hand over to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry.

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