Lagos to reintroduce monthly environmental sanitation

Lagos to reintroduce monthly environmental sanitation

“The governor will announce it officially for the exercise
to commence this month,” Wahab, who spoke in Yoruba language, said in a
21-second clip shared on the Lagos State Environmental Update page on X.

 

The government stopped the monthly
environmental sanitation exercise in the state in 2016.

 

The government said the exercise, which used to be held for
three hours on the last Saturday of every month with restrictions on movement,
needed to go to pave the way for a much-needed reform.

 

The then Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr.
Steve Ayorinde, in a statement, said the decision to cancel the monthly
exercise followed a resolution adopted at the State Executive Council meeting.

“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,” Ayorinde had then
said.

 

However, the reintroduction of the monthly environmental
sanitation may not be unconnected to the recent flooding affecting some majour
parts of Lagos due to incessant rain.

 

Recall that business and commercial activities
were grounded on July 3, 2024, following a 10-hour downpour in many parts of
Lagos and Ogun states.

 

The resulting flooding brought down a two-storey building in
the Mushin area of Lagos, grounded vehicular movement on the roads and
overwhelmed thousands of residents while pupils could not attend schools in
parts of the states.

 

Though the Lagos State Government said the rain lasted for
nine hours, in some parts of the state, it started at midnight and did not
subside until noon, making it 12 hours.

 

Such places include Berger, Ikeja, Ogba and in some parts,
the rain lasted for 10 hours.

 

Our correspondents, who visited some affected flooded areas
such as Iyana-Oworo, Agege, Ijegun-Isheri Osun, Gbagada, and Lagos Island in
Lagos State, observed that roads and houses were flooded as a result of long
hours of downpour.

 

Other flooded places in Lagos include Eredo, Bojije, Epe,
Sangotedo, Ibeju-Lekki, Awoyaya, Labora, and Abijon.

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