Oyo Govt. Tackles Open Defecation, Launches Clean And Green Club
In the bid to pass on the culture of preserving the environment to the next generation, Oyo State Government has launched the Clean and Green Club in public secondary schools across the state.
Flagging off the launch of 50 Mobile toilets and the Clean and Green Club with selected schools, at the Ministry of Environment, Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde who said the initiative would be extended to more schools in the state charged the students to make a difference in their environments.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, Governor Makinde said the state had taken steps to improve her rank on the list of states with low tolerance for open defecation with the launch of the Public Mobile Toilets.
Commissioner for Environment, Mr Idowu Oyeleke said the Mobile Toilets would be deployed to Markets, Motor Parks and other remote areas in the state to curb open defecation.
He said the initiative was achieved through Public Private Partnership and would be monitored by the Ministry.
Mr Oyeleke noted that 500,000 trees would be planted between now and 2023, therefore the students would be trained to plant trees in their schools and environment.
Earlier the Commissioner and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry had led other health officers to Oje market to sensitize the people and plant trees.
The event attracted stakeholders from the Ministry of Agriculture, Education, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, FRIN and students drawn from schools across the state. Blessing Okareh