The Lagos state government has restricted movement of persons and vehicles in the metropolis today, in furtherance of its objective to effectively tackle environmental problems plaguing the state.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos yesterday, the Lagos state Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the July edition of the sanitation exercise in the state would be very thorough to address the problem of flooding.
The exercise, he said, is tailored towards creating a cleaner, healthier and sustainable environment capable of promoting economic growth and well being of the citizenry. The exercise is expected to hold between the hours of 7am-10am.
Bello implored residents to troop out en masse to clean their immediate environment and the drainage in front of their tenements.
He noted that the resumption of the rains and its high intensity as earlier predicted has made the cleaning of all drains, primary, secondary and tertiary channels, very important during and after the sanitation exercise in other to avoid flooding.
He appealed to all residents to desist from dumping refuse and other wastes into the drains, adding that the act is a major factor in drainage blockage which in turn results in flooding, threatening lives and property of the citizenry.
He urged those who are fond of dumping refuse in the drainages with the belief that the storm water will wash it away to have a change of attitude, pointing out that the practice creates problems for people living in the downstream of the affected channels.
The commissioner declared that the monitoring and enforcement team which include law enforcement agents have been decentralised so that the state is widely covered during the exercise to ensure total compliance with the laws of the monthly sanitation exercise.
Bello said the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) will also deploy men and materials to ensure prompt evacuation of refuse generated during and after the exercise.