Supervisory Commissioner for Environment, Chief. Ayo Abiola and the State Chairman, Ondo State Waste Management Authority, Hon. Shina Fadamitan have advised the residents of the state on the need to always respect and protect their environment to prevent environmental degradation.

The duo who spoke while jointly monitoring September edition of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in some parts of Akure, the Ondo state capital, also charged the people to always desilt their drainages and avoid anything that could threaten their safe living.

They explained that many cases of environmental degradation recorded in the state are being caused by people’s negative attitudes to their environment, urging them to always treat their environment well.

At Orita-Obele where a group of youths under the aegis of Eyitayo Youth Organization (EYO) were clearing blocked drainages along the road, the team commended the youth organisation for their selfless services to their environment and encouraged other youth organisations to borrow a leaf from EYO to assist the environment.

Abiola who is also Commission for Commerce and Industry said, “in all what we have seen is the devastation of environmental degradation assisted by man. Man must interact with the environment, but we must ensure we protect the environment.

“If you don’t protect your environment, the environment has a way of punishing you for it. We are going to insist that people must learn to respect nature. You cannot block nature and expect to live on nature.

“People block drainages, people block river channels and they expect river should bow to their dictate, no. The river will always finds its course. You cannot block your drainage and expect to sleep well during rainfall.

“The people are not helping nature and at the same time not helping government. People tend to blame government for the wrong they are doing”.

The Commisioner promised to step up their  advocacy to ensure people know their roles and protect their environment.

“I thank the Waste Management Authority. When you come out in the night you will see what they are doing apart from what they are going during the day. We also thank the volunteer group working to desilt the blocked drainages along Orita-Obele”, he added.

Abiola further appreciated the Governor for the channelisation of major rivers, saying the gesture has prevented cases of flood in the state.

He called on various community leaders to have environmental policing team in their domains, promising the readiness of the ministry to assist where necessary to further protect the environment.

On his part, the Chairman, Ondo State Waste Management Authority, Hon. Fadamitan, who appreciated the residents for their efforts so far, also advised them make their environment their friend, just as he charged owners of undeveloped property across the state capital to always clear them.

On EYO, the Chairman challenged other youth organisations to emulate the group to collectively improve the environment.

He admonished the people to always show good attitude to their environment and do the needful for a safe and healthy living, urging them not to wait for government before cleaning their surroundings.

Earlier, the General Manager, Ondo State Waste Management Authority, Mr. Ayo Mesileya, appealed to the people of the state to take cognizance of the rainy season and clear their drainages to avoid flood.

Earlier, the Coordinator of EYO, Mr. Lade Fasua, said the youths were out to render selfless services in identified critical areas, noting that government alone cannot do it.

He said the organization will continue to sensitise the people on the need to join hands with government and play their roles to ensure good governance.