The Lagos State Government (LASG) at the weekend issued a 30–day ultimatum to the major ram market located in Oko- Oba, Ojokoro area of the state over environmental offences bothering on indiscriminate disposal of animal dung, saying the practice could cause epidemic in the area.
The Lagos state commissioner of Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello who read the riot act to the ram traders while monitoring the July edition of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in the area said the state government may be forced to close down the market if the traders fail to sanitize the market.
The warning from the state government was equally matched by clarion calls from the Chairman of Ojokoro Local Council Development Area, Mr. Adeyemi Olabinjo and the residents to the Lagos state government to immediately intervene in the flooding problem that resorts in the loss of lives anytime it rains heavily.
Residents of Egbiri community in Ojokoro Local Development Area who appealed to the Lagos State Government to, as a matter of urgency take concrete steps to bring development to the community said they were losing their family members to flooding.
According to Mr. Olu Omoshaye, a community leader in the area, the neglect of the area by successive governments had led to serious developmental challenges, adding that the situation was making life difficult for the residents.
``We don`t have roads, we don`t have water, we don`t have anything. The little projects you see around were done by residents themselves. And they are not just enough to address our sufferings.
``We have a right to development just like other developed areas of the state because we pay our taxes. We have suffered enough and we appeal to the government to urgently respond to our needs,`` he said.
Omoshaye also appealed for the state government `s intervention on the problem of perennial flooding in the area as it had continually posed great threats to lives of residents.