The Lagos State Government has charged members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Market Associations in Ojo and Iba Local Government Areas to ensure cleanliness of their environment.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare gave this charge during a meeting with the representatives of the transport union, the market associations of Olasunde, Alaworo, Afolabi-Ege and Alaba in LASU-Iba axis and Lagos State University (LASU), in his office at Alausa on Tuesday.
The representative of LASU, Dr. Bikoye Abiodun had complained about the unsanitary condition of the surroundings of the institutions caused by the activities of the transport union and the market associations.
Dr. Abiodun said that the traders and members of the transport union were fond of defacing the compound of the University and its immediate surroundings with refuse and feacal matters, stressing that all efforts to chase the perpetrators away have always proven abortive.
He therefore called on Lagos State Government to come to the aid of the institution as according to him, “LASU cannot do it alone.”
The Sole Administrators of Ojo and Iba Local Government Areas, Mr. Sanni Abdulahi and Mr. Yisa Abiola respectively corroborated that efforts made to curb menace of the transport union and market associations had proven abortive.
Adejare who stressed government’s intolerance to trading in unapproved places, indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorized places and open defecation/urination, urged the concerned markets and transport workers in Ojo to respect Lagos State Environmental Laws by paying due attention to the sanitation of their markets and their surroundings.
The Environment Commissioner therefore directed members of NURTW to return to the spot originally allocated to them and improve on the sanitation of the area with the provision of at least five mobile toilets while Alaba Rago should be fenced and provided with toilet facilities, adding that all concerned should comply with this directive within one week.
Adejare maintained that government’s zero tolerance for trading on the streets and highways was still very much in place, saying traders should conduct their business in a way that would not inconvenience other Lagosians.
He further stated that with the new Solid Waste Management System, in the State, the Cleaner Lagos Initiative would soon usher in a more efficient solid waste collection system in which competent waste collectors would be deployed to handle waste generated in markets on regular basis.
Head, Public Affairs & Research
4th July, 2017