The Oyo State government has convicted 23 persons for violating environmental laws under the Environmental Sanitation Regulations of 2013 and the Oyo State Waste Management Authority laws of 2004.

The offenders were sentenced to four months’ imprisonment but given the option to pay N10,000 fine.

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, spoke at the weekend on the state’s efforts to enforce the state’s environmental laws.

The commissioner said the offenders were arrested while dumping refuse in parts of Ibadan, the statet capital, including Monatan, Oremeji, Sango, Alakia and Adegbayi

He said they were arraigned on Thursday before Senior Magistrate 2, Giwa Babalola, at Magistrates’ Court 18 of Oyo Waste Management Authority at Agodi Gate in Ibadan.

The offenders were arraigned on a two-count of indiscriminate dumping of refuse and refusal to use waste collectors.

Each offence attracts a fine of N5,000 or two months’ imprisonment.

The state’s Chief Environmental Health Officer Oni Kolawole said the government had zero tolerance for unlawful dumping of refuse on the median and roadsides.

He said only Oyo State Waste management Authority (OYOWMA) or its agents are mandated to collect refuse.

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