By OLASUNKANMI AKONI & MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO
IKEJA- Lagos State Government has commenced a house-to- house sensitisation aimed at involving residents in evolving a sustained and cleaner environment in the metropolis.
Meanwhile, Director- General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mrs Dominga Odebunmi, has disclosed plans by the government to introduce new writing materials for public and private schools in the state before January.
Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, who led top government functionaries at the launch of the exercise during the September edition of the monthly environmental sanitation monitored in Oto- Awori Local Council Development Area, said the move became necessary because it was discovered that the residents were the major cause of flood due to their unwholesome environmental attitude.
Bello said plans were on to dredge the major canals in Oto- Awori Local Council Development Area to enhance free flow of water.
Bello, who noted that the dredging of the four-kilometre canal would gulp money, remarked that the canal was heavily- silted and would be prioritised for next year’s programme.
The commissioner, who complained of indiscriminate dumping of refuse by residents, said the silt had disrupted free flow of water at Etegbin canal in the area thereby constituting environmental nuisance.
Also speaking the Managing Director of Lagos Waste management Authority LAWMA Mr. Ola Oresanya appealed to the residents of the state to ensure that their waste are properly contained during this rainy season to avert more flooding.
On the new writing materials, Odebunmi, who disclosed this after receiving the technical report of the six educational districts in the state, in Alausa, Ikeja, explained; “the new writing materials are measures that would assist the government in addressing the challenge of disseminating safety information to the residents of the state.”
Dominga added that the materials would have on it illustrations and pictures to educate pupils and their teachers on what are hazardous activities and materials within their environment.
“The exercise books would also have on it words and pictures to show causes of accidents on highways and how to prevent them. And, safety measures that should be put in place in schools, homes and everywhere.”