The Lagos State Government has declared that the State’s Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise for the month of October will be dedicated to vector control and will be observed, as usual, between the hours of 7:00am to 10.00am on Saturday 29th October, 2016. There will be restriction of human and vehicular movement across the State within this period.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, has urged residents to turn out en-masse and participate actively in the sanitation exercise by cleaning their homes, drains, warning that the period of environmental sanitation should not be used for any social engagement or sporting activities, but for serious cleaning and sanitation exercises.
Dr. Adejare explained that the move to contain vector in the state had commenced with automated fumigation of all markets in the state, starting with Obalende Market on Thursday 27th October. This move would aid the elimination of rodents such as rats and other disease vectors from markets and communities in the State.
Dr. Adejare explained that apart from this state organized event, daily cleaning of our environment should be an everyday affair, because environment is the superstructure on which everything rests.
He appealed to residents to desist from acts that could lead to flooding, such as indiscriminate dumping of waste into drains and canals and other acts that might result in environmental degradation.
“The State Government is committed to achieving a flood-free Lagos. Citizens on their part will do well to ensure that canals and channels in their areas are cleaned at all times, in addition to the regular desilting, dredging and maintenance of drainage channels and canals by government.”
He added that, “As we are all aware, Lagos is a coastal state that has high water table and prone to flash-floods, we must therefore imbibe positive attitude which will reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of flooding, which has so far been contained in the State.”
The Commissioner warned residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from this illegal act as the coverage of the PSP Operators has been widened to effectively accommodate more residents of the State.
He reminded Lagosians that government’s zero tolerance programme to environmental infractions and nuisances was still very much on course and as such the people should refrain from degrading the environment in any form to avoid the negative consequences of environmental pollution and the full weight of the compliance measures of government.
In order to attain total compliance of the restriction order and ensure full participation of Lagosians in the sanitation exercise, Adejare 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 as any vehicle caught violating this order will be dealt with appropriately, while passengers in such vehicles will also be prosecuted according to the State Environmental Sanitation Laws.
He further assured that Law Enforcement Agencies including the Nigeria Police and officials from LAWMA, LASTMA and KAI have been fully mobilized to enforce the restriction.
Head, Public Affairs & Research
Ministry of the Environment