Sallah: Lagos bans sale of rams on highways, roads


Rams for Eid-el-Kabir

Rams for Sallah now beyond reach of the common man

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Lagos State Government has called on Lagosians to be mindful of the Environment as they celebrate the Id-l-Kabir festival this weekend, banning all sales of ram on highways and roads in the state.

Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare said on Tuesday in Lagos that it was necessary to enlighten Lagosians that they should show utmost love to their environment even as they celebrate.

Adejare, who wished all Muslim adherents a happy celebration, urged Lagosians to respect the environment, bear in mind that a lot of waste would be generated during the Sallah and dispose of animal waste properly as well as bag their refuse and put at designated points.

He assured Lagosians that the Sanitation Intervention Programme with the combined efforts of the Ministry of Environment and Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) was still on course to rid Lagos of refuse heaps.

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He said that the administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode had been in the fore front of the campaign for healthy people and cleaner environment, thus encouraging Lagosians to desist from acts that could have negative impacts on the environment.

His words: “to guide against the outbreak of epidemics, residents of this State must always ensure that they handle waste in the most appropriate way”

Meanwhile, Adejare reminded Lagosians that the law against street trading was still in force, stressing that the Government would not tolerate any form of street trading which includes display of rams on major highways, road medians, lay-byes, gardens and parks across the State.

He said that while it was not unusual for traders to take advantage of the season to market and sell rams, this must be done without defacing the state or compromising the wellness and wellbeing of Lagosians.

Adejare urged Lagosians to take advantage of the various parks and gardens across the state during the celebration for leisure, funfair and relaxation as these parks were made for their use.