The monthly environmental sanitation exercise for the month of February, with its attendant restriction of human and vehicular movement, will be observed between the hours of 7:00am-10am across the state on Saturday, 23rd February, 2013.
Commissioner for the Environment in the State, Mr. Tunji Bello said Lagosians are expected to actively participate in the exercise through the cleaning of their homes, drains in their frontages and their environment in general.Bello explained that apart from this State Government organized event, daily cleaning of the environment should be an everyday affair since refuse and waste generate waste, it should be properly disposed. He also reminded Lagosians that global climatic weather conditions has become so unpredictable, adding that Lagosians should therefore, properly dispose their waste through LAWMA and authorized PSP operators, as dumping of waste into canals impedes the flow of storm water in drainage channels.
He recalled that last year, several states in Nigeria experienced serious flood disasters, adding that with the help of God and concerted effort of the State Government, Lagos did not record any serious disaster. “The target of the State Government this year is to sustain this record, which can only be achieved through effective collaboration of the people,” the Commissioner pointed out.
Bello also warned residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from the illegal act, adding that the scope of the PSP operators has been increased to further accommodate more residents of the State. According to him, in anticipation of envisaged early rains this year, the Drainage Maintenance Department and Emergency Flood Abatement Department of the Ministry has commenced the massive cleaning and dredging of drains and canals across the State, in order to reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of flooding in the state.
He, however, advised that as much as the State Government is committed to ensuring that canals and channels are cleaned at all times, Lagosians should desist from dumping refuse into them in order to attain a flood free status in the state. In order to attain total compliance of the restriction order and ensure full participation of Lagosians in the sanitation exercise, the Commissioner warned interstate bus operators, the State transport owners and road transport workers association to comply with the restriction of vehicular movement order between 7.00am-10.00am, narrating that any vehicle driver caught violating the order would be dealt with appropriately, while passengers in such vehicles will also be prosecuted according to the State Sanitation Laws.
He further assured that law enforcement agencies including the Nigeria Police and officials from LAWMA, LASTMA and KAI had been fully mobilized to enforce the restriction of movement order.