Years after the implementation of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise which holds for three hours on the last Saturday of every month, the Lagos State Government has terminated the exercise. This development is as a result of the recent court ruling on the exercise which prevents the movement access residents of residents in the State.
Commenting on the termination, LASG, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, which was obtained by InsideMainland disclosed that the decision to cancel the monthly exercise followed a resolution arrived at Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting. During the meeting, the need for a robust review of the environmental laws and procedures in the State was approved in order to meet the present day challenges and to promote a clean and healthy environment.
The Government noted that considering the present economic situation in the country, it was no longer appropriate to restrict movement of people for three hours in a mega city like Lagos at a time they should be pursuing commercial and entrepreneurial activities.
According to LASG, “in the last two decades, Lagos has grown exponentially into a mega city with the attendant huge environmental problems associated with managing a population of over twenty million people.”
“But sadly, the environmental laws, policies and procedures being practiced in the State have not been able to match the phenomenal growth and the dream of a 24-hour economy, hence the need for the reform,” part of the statement reads.
Furthermore, Ayorinde said the State Government was not unaware of a recent Court of Appeal judgment.
According to him, the thrust of the fresh initiatives, among others, is to promote holistic and modern solutions to the unique environmental challenges confronting the State, while encouraging citizens to voluntarily partner with government to achieve the desired goals.
The statement added that the State Government would henceforth be tougher in ensuring expeditious enforcement against contraventions of its policies and regulations and as such, residents should voluntarily comply with the necessary laws and support government in its bid to have a clean and healthy environment.