24th November, 2011
The Lagos State Government has cancelled Saturdayâ€™s monthly environmental sanitation exercise as a result of the ongoing National Examination Council, NECO General Certificate Examination, GCE.
The government stated that there would be no restriction to movement on Saturday and that this is to allow students, invigilators and NECO officials participate in the nationwide examinations.
The suspension of the restriction order is to allow a hitch-free and easy movement of candidates and distribution of examination materials to the various examination centres across the State.
According to a statement signed by Mr. Tunji Bello, Commissioner for the Environment, Lagosians were, however, implored to still observe the exercise as well as clean their homes and rid them of filth irrespective of the non-restriction of movement order.
The commissioner further urged the entire residents of the state to also concentrate on desilting of drains in their neighbourhood to allow free flow of storm water into the secondary and tertiary channels, which have already been cleaned by the state government.
He advised those who were fond of dumping refuse in drainages believing that storm water would wash them away to have a change of heart as this unwholesome attitude had inflicted severe pains and agony on other residents in the state.
Bello stated that the intensity of rain as earlier predicted by meteorologists and the effect of climate challenge had made the clearing of tertiary drains (gutters) now a very important exercise for all and sundry particularly before, during and after the monthly cleaning exercise in order to avoid flooding in the state.
The commissioner implored residents to report any one found dumping refuse in any water path to law enforcement agencies, particularly members of the Kick Against Indiscipline Brigade.