The Lagos State Government has reiterated that petroleum tanker drivers have been exempted from this monthâ€™s environmental sanitation exercise in order to further facilitate the delivery of petroleum produce to filling stations.
The Honourable Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Muiz Adeyemi Banire who made this known in his office said it was nerve soothing to see the fuel queue shortened. However, the State Government would prefer its total disappearance, thus it is granting the exemption because the turn around time of the tankers will be short during the affected hours ensuring widespread distribution of the various products thereby alleviating the suffering of the people.
While wishing Moslems and all Lagosians happy Eid-el Molud celebration he admonished them that to take advantage of the sanitation exercise to clean their immediate surrounding and join in the crusade to create a cleaner, healthier and sustainable environment, capable of promoting economic growth and well being of the citizens of Lagos State.
He opined that since the popular saying goes that â€œcleanliness is next to godlinessâ€ we cannot but encourage cleanliness in all aspects of human endeavour and therefore enjoined all and sundry to ensure that the festival is celebrated in the cleanest environment possible.
Banire appealed to all Lagosians to bag their refuse properly to allow for easy disposal to the designated dumpsites. He counseled against dumping of refuse in the drains. He reminded the people that the rains are fast approaching and one of the most potent ways to avoid flooding is to keep the drains clean to enable free run_off of storm water.
He urged residents to report any one found dumping refuse in any water path, road set back, median or any unauthorized place as the consequence of shielding such people is to collectively endanger the lives and properties of everyone.
The Commissioner also advised residents of neighbourhoods that PSP operators are not efficient or are not coming at all to report to the appropriate authorities so that the issue will be promptly addressed instead of them resulting to patronizing truck pushers or indiscriminate dumping.