Lagos State Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise for the month of September will hold this Saturday, 27th September, 2014 between the hours of 7:00am-10am with its attendant restriction of human and vehicular activities.
The Commissioner for the Environment, who disclosed this recently, advised Lagosians to imbibe the culture of daily cleaning of their environment as our watch word is “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, adding that a clean Environment will definitely prevent the spread of diseases and promote healthy living.
Bello stated that the statewide Environmental Sanitation Exercise for the month of September would be dedicated to massive advocacy campaign Against Open Urination/Defecation, dumping of waste in unauthorized places, flood prevention, personal hygiene and frequent hand washing etc in order to attain a cleaner and sustainable environment.
According to him, “We will continue to sensitize the people of the state on the need to desist from unhygienic acts while not relenting in our efforts to ensure that we provide a cleaner and healthier environment that would be the envy of all. We will not rest on our oars in order to achieve a better living environment”.
He reminded Lagosians that the rain is still here, as such residents should desist from dumping refuse in drainage channels or indulging in acts that can compromise drainage alignment, such as building of structures on drainage setbacks among others.
He warned residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from this illegal act as this is inimical to the waste management policy of the State Government, stressing that refuse collected by them are dumped inside canals which results in massive flooding in the surrounding area.
LAWMA and PSP Operators will be available statewide, to evacuate and cart away waste generated during the exercise.
Tunji Bello similarly warned commercial bus operators, interstate Bus Operators, Luxurious Bus Operators, State Transport Owners and Road Transport Workers Association to comply with the restriction of Human/vehicular movement order between 7.00am-10.00am as any vehicle caught violating this order will be dealt with according to the State Sanitation Laws while passengers in such vehicles will also be prosecuted.
He warned that Law Enforcement Agencies including Nigeria Police Force, Civil Defense and officials from LASTMA and KAI have been fully mobilized to enforce the restriction of movement order and warned that violators would be prosecuted according to the State Sanitation Laws.