Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has said that a clean and healthy environment that will help in attracting investment to the state.
Ajimobi made this known while inaugurating 39-mini-refuse trucks for 13 Local Governments in Ibadan on Sunday.
He said that an unplanned and dirty environment would scare investors and reiterated his administration's resolve to make the state one of the cleanest cities in the country.
The governor said the procurement of the trucks was based on the requests of the 13 local governments.
According to him, the remaining 20 Local Government will be provided with tractors and other farm implements.
"Our administration will leave no stone unturned in making sure that Oyo State wears a new toga of a clean and aesthetic state as against the general belief that we are a filthy people," he said.
Ajumobi, who also gave reasons for the demolition of some structures under the Molete bridge and in the Dugbe Area, said the town planning rules were not adhered to.
"We do not have any interest in destroying the livelihood of our people, but it is also incumbent on us all to adhere to rules and regulations of town planning.
"This can be done by not erecting houses or stalls on set-backs and not selling wares at designated road paths."
Earlier, the Chairman of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State branch, Mr Yekeen Popoola, said that the provision of the trucks would address the delay in the evacuation of refuse.
The beneficiaries who promised to make good use of the refuse trucks said that government's gesture would go a long way in preventing outbreak of epidemics. NAN