The Oyo State Government has sealed a filling station under construction in Ibadan based on negative impact the facility would have on a nearby primary school and persons living within the premises.
The Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, revealed that Oyo State Government issued the directive following petitions received from residents and business owners.
The filling station, which is under construction at Apata area within Ibadan metropolis, is situated close to St. Michael’s Primary school, Apata, Ibadan and other business facilities.
Ayoola, who visited the site along with Environmental Health Officers of the State, said the visit was aimed at assessing the environmental impact of the construction site and taking measures that would promote a friendly environment devoid of environmental threats, particularly to the pupils of the school.
He said: “As a responsive and responsible government, the safety and well-being of residents is paramount to us, which must not be compromised, most importantly when a school is involved.
“Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration, having education as one of its cardinal agenda, would not allow anything to hinder the success of its education of our pupils/.
“We have to put a stop work order and seal up this facility considering the fact that it does not have environmental impact assessment report and some other necessary permits that regulate environmental activities of the State.”
Ayoola further said though Oyo is a state that encourages myriad of business opportunities and entrepreneurship development, business activities should not be carried out at the detriment of the people.
He said the government is saddled with the responsibility of protecting the people from any environmental hazard that may likely have negative impact on them.