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The Lagos State Government has cancelled the monthly environmental sanitation exercise held every last Saturday of the month.

The cancellation followed a resolution arrived at in Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting which approved the need for a review of the environmental laws and procedures in the state in order to meet the present day challenges and to promote a clean and healthy.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, in a statement said the cancellation of the monthly exercise became necessary due to present economic realities in the country.

The statement said, “It is 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.


“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.”

Ayorinde said the State Government was aware of a recent Court of Appeal judgment.

He said that 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.

It said,  “After a careful consideration, the State Executive Council has therefore resolved that the present economic climate can no longer support the continued lock down of a mega city like Lagos, when the citizens should be free to engage in commercial and entrepreneurial activities that can promote economic growth and prosperity.

“Furthermore, Government will also accelerate the introduction of fresh reforms through the passage of the new harmonized environmental laws that will drive meaningful changes in areas of harmonized billing, waste management, modern Landfill sites, noise pollution, introduction of an Environmental Trust Fund and an Environmental Advisory Council.

“The Government wishes to reiterate its strong commitment to a clean and secure environment for the benefit of its citizens, and will continue to provide the necessary leadership to meet the environmental challenges of a mega city like Lagos. Lagosians and visitors alike are therefore urged to embrace these changes and imbibe a culture of voluntarily maintaining and preserving their environment to create a beautiful and healthy city that we all can be proud of.”

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.

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  1. pls permit me to say that Lagos will now become a real dustbin state, what kind of Law will curb the kind of dirt dumbed anyhow when the refuse disposal agencies are not meeting up with their task, well i wish them the best or is the new reform another way of generating money for the state?

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  2. pls permit me to say that Lagos will now become a real dustbin state, what kind of Law will curb the kind of dirt dumbed anyhow when the refuse disposal agencies are not meeting up with their task, well i wish them the best or is the new reform another way of generating money for the state?

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  3. This is rubbish, how can you cancel sanitation at the end of the month. You people better use your brain.

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  4. I doubt if the Executive carried out a thorough consultation before taken this decision. However, all hands must be on deck to see the impact of the policy on the environment going forward.

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  5. Scrabbling it will make no sense! The govt is all about accruing revenues

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  6. Pls this is a very welcome developmement....thank you lagos state

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  7. Hmmmmm,hope this is not another way of taxing the citizens again in d name of generating wealth for sanitation.plssssss times are hard atleast we have hands and legs and can do it by ourself

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