Mobile court to prosecute environment offenders in Edo, says Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State says the Mobile Court on Environmental offenders in the state will be more active in prosecuting offenders of the state laws on the environment.

Adams Oshiomole, Edo State Governor
Adams Oshiomole, Edo State Governor

He gave the indication yesterday during his inspection of ongoing projects in the state.

He said it was nauseating to see some on residents turn the drainages being constructed into drains for human waste.

According to him, “it is wrong seeing people turning the drainage to septic tank where human excreta is deposited and it is government’s investment that is being destroyed.

“The Mobile Court will try and persecute all those involved and anyone found guilty will be sentenced to jail”, he said.

On the extent of the work done at the Upper Lawani road, Oshiomhole said “I am sure the residents living in this area will like what is going on and will never forget this particular intervention.

“In the past, people have deserted their homes in this area. You remember the guy who said he parked his car in one of the compounds for three years, and the other who put his family home for sale because of the bad nature of the road occasioned by PDP government.

“With the drainage on both sides of the road and the extent of work done so far, I want to assure residents of this area that the road, when completed, will be with street lights”, he said.

Oshiomhole commended the contracting firm for a job well done and enjoined residents to avoid the attitude of using the drains as refuse dump.

Governor Oshiomhole, while briefing the Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Hon Uyi Igbe said “you can see that the 2013 budget was used for projects with direct impact on the lives of the people.

“The drainage project you are seeing is about 15.5 metres deep and the thickness you can see by yourself that it is a solid work.”

The Speaker expressed satisfaction with the job executed by the Governor, adding “what we have come to do is part of our oversight function, to see the extent of work and how money approved in the 2013 budget was expended.

“With what I can see on ground, the governor has actually impacted on the lives of the Edo people and this would facilitate the 2014 budget approval”, he said.

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