Ondo Govt declares Friday native day for students

By Friday Omosola

The Ondo State Government said it has permitted public servants and students in both private and public schools in the state to wear native attires to office and schools on Friday to promote culture and traditions.

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, disclosed this after the state executive council meeting held in Akure, the state capital.

Ademola-Olateju said the state exco made some far-reaching decisions on other important issues.

The Commissioner said those who trespassed various locations on government land, their structures would be demolished, saying anyone with properties on government land should go and remove them.

“And those that are writing petitions claiming to be the owners of government land, the government will not tolerate that. So, the council has said those writing petitions to challenge ownership of government land won’t be tolerated by the government.

“In terms of the environment, we made decisions on the use of plastic waste. The Exco made far-reaching decisions and plans are underway to encourage the use of biodegradable materials and the recycling of plastics.

“We made some decisions on Chieftaincy also. The council decided that the petitions received would be reviewed by another commission to be set up soon.

“On budget, today we discussed extensively budgeting going forward and we made decisions and approved the medium-term expenditure framework for 2023/2025.”

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Similarly, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Adewale Akinlosotu, said the council decided to preserve Yoruba culture.

“You will agree with me that your culture makes you who you are. With Western Civilization today, culture is going into extinction. We have to make sure that we protect our culture from going into extinction.”

He further commended Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredol for his interest in making sure people’s culture is protected.

He said: “This is one of the things we are going to be doing. Hopefully in the future shortly, we are going to come up with other programmes that will enhance our culture.”

However, the Special Adviser on Environment, Mr Oyeniyi Oseni, said the council also approved the composition of a committee to domesticate the national policy on plastic waste in the state.

He said the committee will also look into other recommendations that will control the use of plastic wastes indiscriminately.

“In society, we all know the negative impact of plastic waste which is very dangerous to our health. Plastic waste and other biodegradable materials can stay for years in our environment and thus release some harmful substances to the environment which are dangerous to our health.”

“So, the council is not taking that likely and it is taking proactive steps at making sure we nip this in on time. I can assure you that going forward, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is not taking the issue of the environment,” Oseni explained.

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