Ekiti Speaker Advocates Mobile Courts for Sanitation Offenders

The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Right Honourable (Pastor) Kola Oluwawole, has called on local government authorities in the state to make provision for mobile courts to try offenders during monthly environmental sanitation.
He made the call in Omuo-Ekiti, headquarters of the Ekiti-East Local Government Area of the state while supervising the July sanitation exercise.
According to a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Stephen Gbadamosi, Oluwawole, who was accompanied by the state Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr Tayelolu Otitoju; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Mr Ojo Fasiku; and the local government chairman, Mr Adekunle Adeniyi, frowned at the lackadaisical attitude of residents of the towns in the local government towards the exercise.
Pastor Oluwawole also sought for improved sensitisation on cleaning of the environment, calling on the local governments to adopt the policy in the state capital, Ado-Ekiti where markets are compelled to be sanitised on every Thursday.
“We started noticing that our people are not complying with this sanitation right from Ado-Ekiti. Here, the scenario is worse. That is not acceptable. So, I want to implore the local governments to provide mobile courts to sanction those who defy the exercise.
“Particularly, all those vehicles coming in from Kogi and other states during the exercise should be impounded. Once we are observing the monthly exercise here, they should comply with our laws when they are in our state. It is wrong for people to be moving about like this during the exercise. It lasts only for three hours and they are expected to stay at home and clean their environments during the time,” he said.
The Speaker advised local government chiefs to always mobilize their health workers for the exercise and provide them with security personnel to ensure effective enforcement.
While speaking with journalists during the exercise, Adeniyi gave the assurance that the local government would make more efforts to ensure that the people take sanitation more seriously in the future, adding that the lapses were a result of lack of adequate sensitization.