Lagos Sanitation Has Not Been Cancelled − Lagos Declares


SAN FRANCISCO, March 31, (THEWILL) – The Lagos State Government has declared that the monthly environmental sanitation in the State has not been outlawed, saying that the policy on the monthly exercise was only being reviewed.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the government said the erroneous story on social media, announcing the scrapping of the exercise, which was attributed to the State's Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare was inaccurate.

Ayorinde added that Adejare was misquoted out of context when he indicated that the restriction of movement may be dispensed with, saying that he did not in any way suggest that the monthly sanitation had been outlawed.

“While Dr. Adejare did meet with journalists today and indicated that the restriction of movement every last Saturday of the month would ultimately be dispensed with, he did not say the monthly sanitation exercise would no longer hold in Lagos,” he said.

“The last two sanitation exercises could not hold due to the JAMB examination in February and the Easter celebration in March. Nevertheless, the Lagos state government had always encouraged residents to clean their environment and observe hygienic behaviours, without necessarily having to shut the state down.

“It is the wish of Lagos State government to ensure that every part of the state is clean with wastes properly disposed and this will always involve a concerted effort on the part of the government and citizens alike.

“However, while it may become necessary in the near future to observe this clean-up exercise regularly without having to restrict vehicular movement, we wish to clarify that the monthly environmental exercise is still in force in Lagos State for now.”

Story by David Oputah