Ashafa urges constituents to keep Lagos clean

By Tunde Adegunju

Residents have been urged to support the effort of the Lagos State government to make the state free of dirt and diseases that may arise from unclean environment. The lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, gave the advice when he joined residents in the district to participate in the monthly sanitation exercise at the weekend.

Ashafa, who inspected the exercise in several areas with his constituency office staff, praised Governor Babatunde Fashola for his environmental policies, which he said made it possible for the state to easily combat diseases, saying Lagos remained the cleanest state because of the importance the government attached to the monthly sanitation.

Urging the residents not to always wait for month end before sweeping their environment, the lawmaker said keeping house and surrounding clean should be a continuous exercise in order to prevent outbreak of diseases and illnesses.

He said: “The good people of Lagos East have been in support of the government's efforts to continue to make Lagos a clean state. I was surprised that before the exercise began at 7am, some resident had started sweeping and removing dirt from the drainage. This tells us that residents did not wait for anyone to tell them what to do. Even in some areas, where residents did not come out; we talked to them and they joined us in the exercise.

“This is the success of our frequent sensitisation programme on environmental sanitation. We did not sit in our house to tell people what to do, but we have also come out to participate in the exercise and show people that cleanliness is the best way to achieve godliness.”

The senator, who is a member of Senate Committee on environment, was clad in white polo shirt, joined residents of Kazeem Street in Kosofe area to remove dirt from the drainage. Ashafa also moved into houses on adjoining streets to call out occupants for the exercise.

Residents, who were elated by the presence of the lawmaker, trooped out to participate in the exercise. Ashafa told Biodun Adefehinti, who was playing football on the street, to be an environment ambassador in the neighbourhood. The senator said sanitation day was not meant for any other activity aside cleaning exercise.

Some of the areas visited during the three-hour exercise include Olowora in Isheri, Omole Phase II, Agbedina Avenue and Olabode Street in Oworonsoki, ikosi , ketu and popular Mile 12 market in Ketu.

The senator donated sanitation materials such as rakes, brooms, waste bins, polythene waste bags and parkers to the residents and traders in those areas.