The Lagos State Government has said that the July edition of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise will hold today between the hours of 7.00am – 10.00am with full restriction on human and vehicular movement. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Engr. Hakeem Ogunbambi, implored residents to troop out massively and actively participate in the cleaning exercise.
He also advised residents to ensure tidiness of their immediate surrounding including the drainages since they serve as passage for storm water. “The monthly sanitation exercise is important in order to have a clean and hygienic environment, prevention of germs, diseases and to also encourage investment opportunities in the state”.
He said that the Ministry of the Environment is speeding up its mid-rain dredging, cleaning and maintenance of drainage channels across the state as part of its strategy to reduce the incidence of flooding.
He therefore, advised entire Lagosians to be alert, but not panic as the Lagos State Government has put in place measures to contain flood related issues in the state.
He further charged Lagosians to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse on drainage channels and other acts that compromise drainage alignment, such as building and erection of structures on drainage setbacks among others. He added that the essence is to facilitate the free flow of drainages.
The Permanent Secretary enjoined residents to desist from patronizing cart pushers and other acts which violates the Waste Management policy of the State Government.
He warned interstate bus operators, luxurious bus operators, and other transporters to obey and comply with the restriction of human and vehicular, stressing that any vehicle caught violating this order will be dealt with appropriately, while passengers in such vehicles will be prosecuted according to the State Sanitation Laws.