Friday, April 01, 2016

LASG to cancel restriction of movement during sanitation

The Lagos State Government has revealed plans
to cancel restriction during the monthly
environmental sanitation in the state by the end
of the year.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr
Babatunde Adejare, stated this on Thursday at
the monthly briefing of the ministry.
“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, in line with his
responsive government, hopes to discontinue
restriction during the monthly environmental
sanitation exercise,” he said.
He said the governor believed that as the fifth
biggest economy in Africa, Lagos State should
function round the clock, adding that the
government could no longer afford to keep
shutting down the megacity because of
sanitation.
The commissioner added that the state had
issued a seven-day notice with effect from
Thursday to some markets across the state for
violating environmental laws.
The markets include Sura, Itafaji, Oke-Odo,
Sangrouse, Bariga, Ajah Ultra-Modern, Agbalaka,
Aiyetoro, Sabo and Ita-elewa in Ikorodu.
Adejare said the markets would be shut if the
traders failed to comply with relevant laws
regarding sanitation.
He said despite continuous advocacy,
enlightenment and appeals, some market
leaders and traders had been violating the
extant laws on the environment.
“The state will no longer allow a few bad eggs
hiding under the guise of making a living to
compromise the health and safety of the greater
law-abiding majority who may unjustly suffer the
likely outbreak of diseases and flooding of their
homes,” he said.
The commissioner explained that the
government had zero tolerance for street
trading and all environmental abuses that would
hinder the state’s cleanliness up to a level
comparable with its peers anywhere in the
world.
Adejare noted that illegal trading in some of the
markets, on the highways, walkways and
setbacks, if not checked, could further
compound the traffic problem in the state.
“Off-loading of goods and market activities are
strictly to take place henceforth only within the
markets,’’ he said.
He also appealed to illegal traders around the
new Oyingbo market, who had been given space
inside the new market by the state government,
to make use of the ultra-modern facility
responsibly and stop trading outside the
premises of the market


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