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See Why Lagos State Government Is Cancelling Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise

See Why Lagos State Government Is Cancelling Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise

The Lagos State Government has terminated the monthly environmental sanitation exercise which normally holds for 3 hours on the last Saturday of every month.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said the decision to cancel the monthly exercise followed a resolution arrived at Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting which approved the need for a robust review of the environmental laws and procedures in the state in order to meet the present day challenges and to promote a clean and healthy environment, Punch reports.

He noted that considering the present economic situation in the country, it was no longer appropriate to restrict movement of people for three hours in a mega city like Lagos at a time they should be pursuing commercial and entrepreneurial activities.

”Lagos has grown exponentially with the attendant environmental problems associated with managing 20 million people. The environmental laws and procedures being practised in the state have not been able to match the growth and the dream of a 24-hour economy,” he stated.

”Furthermore, Government will also accelerate the introduction of fresh reforms through the passage of new harmonised environmental laws that will drive meaningful changes in areas of harmonised billing, waste management, modern landfill sites, noise pollution, introduction of an environmental trust fund and an environmental advisory council.

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”Lagosians and visitors alike are therefore urged to embrace these changes and imbibe a culture of voluntarily maintaining and preserving their environment to create a beautiful and healthy city that we all can be proud of,” Ayorinde added.

The commissioner urged the residents to voluntarily comply with the necessary laws and support government in its bid to have a clean and healthy environment.

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