The Commissioner for Environment in Kwara State, Mallam Shehu Ndanusa Usman, has called upon the youth of the state to actively participate in the government’s efforts to maintain a clean and hygienic environment, free from epidemics.
The Commissioner emphasized the commitment of the present administration, led by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, to effective waste management and expressed a willingness to collaborate with focused and result-oriented Community Development Associations.
The charge was made during a courtesy call on the Commissioner by representatives of the Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association (IEYDA), led by its National President, Alhaji Abdullahi Babatunde, and the Balogun Gambari Youth Movement, led by AbdulRahman Okesuna.
Mallam Usman highlighted the administration’s dedication to addressing issues related to waste management and its readiness to work with community-driven organizations for a clean and healthy environment.
He informed the visiting groups that traditional rulers had been informed about the government’s stance on indiscriminate dumping of refuse and encroachment on roads by marketers, warning that severe sanctions awaited violators of environmental laws.
The Commissioner urged the youth to actively participate in sensitizing community and market leaders on the importance of adhering strictly to environmental laws to avoid legal consequences.
In response to the concerns raised by the visiting associations, Mallam Usman assured them that the issues would be addressed promptly. He expressed appreciation for their visit and affirmed the government’s commitment to resolving environmental challenges in the state.
The President of IEYDA, Alhaji Abdullahi Babatunde, commended Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his efforts in maintaining a clean and hygienic environment.
He drew attention to environmental challenges such as indiscriminate dumping of refuse, road encroachment, and inadequate public toilets in the Ilorin metropolis.
The President of Balogun Gambari Youth Movement, Alhaji AbdulRahman Okesuna, expressed gratitude for the warm reception and reiterated their commitment to supporting the administration’s efforts to elevate Kwara to greater heights.
Alhaji Utman Jagunma, the National Publicity Secretary, also urged the State Government to consider establishing a mini-garage for Keke Napep operators at Oja-Oba to enhance free movement and prevent accidents in the area.