Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde has set up a task force to address the current environmental situation at the popular and very busy Bola Ige International Market popularly called Gbagi market in Ibadan to curb the possibility of an outbreak of epidemic.
The condition in the big market, in terms of planning and sanitation, has been a cause for concern for residents and environmental agencies in the state, with fears that if not tackled, it could lead to a major disaster. In the last six years, three major fire incidents have occured in the market.
Members of the task force include its Chairman, John Oyewole, Dr. Dapo Atoyebi, a member, Mr G.O Oladele who is also a member and the Secretary of the Task Force, Barrister Oyelakin Oyedokun.
A release signed by Oyewole on Tuesday in Ibadan, said the commitee was tasked with looking into environmental crisis currently bedeviling the famous market and proffer solutions to it by reaching out to stakeholders.
“With the terms of reference we were given, the Committee is principally saddled with the responsibility of coming up with recommendations targeted at the current environment situations within New Gbagi Market in order to prevent environment pollution, epidemics and fire outbreak among others.
“In view of this, the Task Force hereby wishes to invites letters from members of the public on challenges presently confronting the market as well as appropriate recommendations to the same effect and submit such documents to ROOM 17, Ministry of Environment & Water Resources, Secretariat, Ibadan on or before Friday, 16th August, 2019 during official hours,” Oyewole said.
The Makinde administration recently took a firm stand on environmental offences and is going tough on environmental offenders, unapproved market stalls and indsicriminate waste management.