By Olasunkomi Akoni
Lagos State Govern-ment has suspended the restriction order on movement for the monthly sanitation exercise on October 30 and November 27, to allow for free movement of examination materials, invigilators and the students that will be partaking in the November/ December 2010 National Examination Council, NECO, examinations.
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State approved the suspension order but directed that the exercise be observed by everyone.
Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire, disclosed this, adding that Environmental Health Officers, men of KAI and related officers have been mandated to go round and bring residents of filthy tenements and environment to book; while the LAWMA will deploy men and materials to ensure quick evacuation of waste generated during the exercise.
Banire said the state would stop at nothing to see that the future of the citizens of Lagos nay Nigeria is secured academically as democracy, human development and overall growth of a Nation strive most in enlightened societies.
He therefore, urged Lagos residents to learn from the recent flood occasioned by heavy down pour and aided by human activities including abuse of drainage channels. The rain he noted was far from showing signs of abating. He urged residents to turn out in large numbers to clean their environment especially the drainage channels.
The NECO had through a letter signed by the Lagos Zonal Officer, Abimbola S.A appealed to the State Government for the suspension of the order. The letter with reference number NECO/LSZ/ME 01/2010 dated 26th October, 2010 read in part that “I write to inform you that the council’s Nov/Dec 2010 examination has been scheduled to hold between 25th October and 4th December 2010. Coincidentally, the two last Saturdays of the month inclusive 30th October and 27th November, 2010”
It read further that; “although the examination is slated for 11am but considering the cosmopolitan nature and transportation problem of Lagos State, it will be difficult for candidates to get to the examination centres. Therefore we crave your indulgence to cancel the environmental sanitation for the two Saturdays involved to so as to ease candidates’ movement to their various centres across the State”.