The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, ably represented by the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Chief Edward David Onoja was today, the 28th of July, present at the Banquet Hall of the Government House to Inaugurate the Environmental Task Force aimed at promoting sanitation in Kogi State and primarily, the State Capital, Lokoja.
.The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Chief Edward David Onoja said that the Task Force is saddled with ensuring that the gains and strides recorded in Kogi State even before the onset of the second tenure does not go to waste. Those actions, he declared, moved Lokoja from the second dirtiest State Capital to the second cleanest State Capital in Nigeria.
He however urged the task force to take a leaf out of the mantra for the second tenure, ensuring that they “Do More” in the area of sanitation. He appreciated the sheer experience and diversity of the members, banking on their ability to deliver and chart the task force in a direction that will make Kogi State rank even higher in the area of environmental sanctity nationwide.
The Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Victor Omofaiye, who gave the vote opening remark, highlighted the passion of Governor Yahaya Bello in keeping Kogi clean as the motive behind the ministry’s giant strides in recent times. Omofaiye made it known that Lokoja became one of the cleanest Capitals in Nigeria by the deliberate action of the State Government in hiring private waste collectors to keep the state clean, which in turn, has generally given the State Capital a facelift.
He said that the Task Force will enforce the stringent laws aimed at keeping Kogi clean, stopping the Encroachment of persons on government land, Erection of illegal structures, Operation of illegal markets, indiscriminate dumping of waste, promoting the beautification of some historical sites and many more.
He assured the Governor and the people of Kogi State on the ability of the task force to execute the momentous task at hand.
Members of the Task Force are outlined below;
Chairman – The Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Omofaiye Victor
Secretary – Mallam A. A. Sani, General Manager, Sanitation & Waste Management Board
Member – Hon. Imam Saleh, SA on Sanitation & Emergency
Member – Elder John Abutu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment
Member – Mr. Gabriel Olanrewaju, General Manager, Environmental Protection Board
Member – Mr. S.S Olayemi, Representative of the Town Planning & Development Board
Member – TPL Sani Dayo, Representative of Bureau of Lands and Urban Development
Member – Engr Mrs Oguche, Representative of the Bureau of Lands & Housing
Member – Barr. A. A. Hassan, Representative of the Ministry of Justice
Member – Mr Olorunishola Yemisi, Representative of the National Orientation Agency
Member – Mr. Babatunde Adigun, National Environmental Standard Regulation and Enforcement Agency
Member – SP Johnson Segun, Representative of the Nigerian Police Force
Member – DSE Danjuma O. Phillip, Representative of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps
Member – Mallam Kazeem Ismaila, Representative of the Lokoja Local Government Area
Member – Mr A. M. Sanjo, Representative of the Kogi State Water Board
Member – Mrs Ochojile Ibrahim, Representative of the Ministry of Information
Member – Engr. Peter Iregun Arome, Representative of Water Resources
Member – Engr. Biodun Idrisu, Representative of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company
Member – Mr I. A. Yahaya, Representative of the Federal Road Safety Corps
Member – Mr Paul Ocheja, Representative of the Ministry of Transportation
Member – Mr. Otaru A. Peter, Representative of Kogi State Market Development Board