Lagos Dedicate August Sanitation To Ebola Preventive Campaign

As the Statewide Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise holds on Saturday 30th August 2014, between the hours of 7.00am-10.00am across the state, the Lagos State Government has dedicated the August sanitation exercise towards massive advocacy campaign and demonstration of preventive measures to curb the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.

The Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, said that as a responsible and responsive Government, the Lagos State Government would continue to be in the fore front of the campaign for a healthier and sustainable environment.

Over the years the present administration in the state have continued to educate Lagosians to desist from unhygienic acts like open urination, open defecation, cleaning of our Environment and proper waste management, as its consequences are grievous.

Now that we have an index case of the Ebola virus disease in the state, this is now a wakeup call for all Lagosians to desist from unhygienic acts that could spread the disease.

The Ministry during the August Sanitation Exercise is to demonstrate some preventive steps and ways to prevent spread of the disease.

The Commissioner further emphasized the State Government’s Zero Tolerance for acts such as defecating and urinating in the public, street trading, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and constructions of structures along drainage alignments.

As a prevent measure to prevent the spread of Ebola Disease, the commissioner urged Lagosians to troop out in large numbers and actively participate in the statewide exercise, stressing that efforts should be further concentrated on the cleaning of drains, Canals and fumigation of our environment, in order to completely eliminate the disease in the state.

Similarly, Lagosians are advised to sustain the Solid Waste Management Programme of the State Government through the patronage of LAWMA/PSP operators for the disposal of their solid waste and LSWMO for waste water management challenges. He noted that when waste water is not properly discharged it could lead to spread of communicable diseases.

He also warned residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from this illegal act as it is inimical to the wellbeing of Lagosians.

Tunji Bello also warned interstate Bus Operators, Luxurious Bus Operators, 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 would be dealt with appropriately, while passengers in such vehicles would be prosecuted according to the State Environmental Sanitation Laws.

He further stated that Law Enforcement Agents including Nigerian Police and officials from LASTMA and KAI have been fully mobilized to enforce the non-restriction of movement order and warned that violators would be prosecuted according to the State Environmental Sanitation Laws.

Fola Adeyemi
Ministry of the Environment