By BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE
LAGOS— Lagosians have been advised to clean their communities and immediate environment, despite the non restriction of movement on some days designated for the month’s environmental sanitation exercise.
Residents, who expressed displeasure over the reported cancellation of sanitation exercise in the state for the month of October, said that the state government had suspended exercise for the “second consecutive time.”
They added that such step was not good for the state’s desired effort to attain a cleaner and sustainable environment.
Spokesperson of Lagos Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Funmilayo Salami, noted that the use of the word cancellation was likely to send the wrong signal to members of the public, of which Ministry of Environment was mindful of the negative consequences.
Salami pointed out that Lagos State Government will not abandon its responsibility to ensure a cleaner environment, adding “in the few instances where situations had necessitated suspending the restriction of movement, rather than cancel, while the exercise went on, members of the public were advised to clean their immediate environment and surroundings.”
“It is our resolve to build a new Lagos that will be the pride of the black man and make Lagos the cleanliest city in Africa through some of our numerous programmes such as, the monthly environmental sanitation campaign, improved waste management, waste water management, drainage construction, tree planting, advocacy, partnership with stakeholders, climate change awareness, beautification and greening programme among others.”
She appealed to Lagosians to join hands with the state government on its advocacy and enlightenment programmes to ensure the attainment and sustenance of a cleaner environment.