The Lagos State Government has lifted the restriction on both human and vehicular movement during the February monthly environmental sanitation exercise. This is to to allow students, invigilators and other stakeholders participate in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) organised by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) which is billed to commence tomorrow, Saturday, February 27.
Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare who announced this in Alausa, Lagos, however, added that the usual sanitation exercise would still be observed by residents in their homes.
The Commissioner said that it became imperative for the state government to waive the restriction order not to jeopardize the future of the candidates whose counterparts in other parts of the federation will write the same examination.
“As a responsible and responsive government, we value the education of our children very dearly and therefore resolved to relax the order in the interest of the future leaders of tomorrow,” Adejare added.
While still urging Lagosians to actively participate in this month’s sanitation exercise, the Commissioner advised that, Lagosians should focus on cleaning drainage in their frontages as we are gradually approaching the rainy season.
“As we gradually approach the rainy season, the Commissioner enjoined Lagosians to shun acts that could contribute to flooding, noting that “people should not dump waste in unauthorized places like canals and drainage channels.
“Lagosians should not patronize cart pushers who end up dumping the wastes into canals and Lagoons. This is how we can all assist to make the state deflooding programme a success.”
He urged all Lagosians to rise up and take sanitation of their environment as very important adding that “ this is one of the practical measures that can guarantee a flood-free Lagos.”
He admonished Lagosians to bag their refuse properly to allow for easy collection and disposal at designated landfill sites by the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and Pivate Sector Participation (PSP) operators.