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Lagos State Govt. Cancels Monthly Environmental Sanitation



Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday announced the termination of the monthly environmental sanitation following a resolution to review the environmental laws and procedures in the state.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said in a statement in Lagos that the resolution was reached at the State Executive Council meeting which approved review of the state environmental laws.

Ayorinde said that this informed the decision to cancel the monthly exercise held on the last Saturday of every month for three hours.

He said that the review of the environmental laws and procedures was necessary to meet the present day challenges and to promote a clean and healthy environment.

The commissioner said that with the nation’s present economic situation, it was no longer appropriate to restrict people’s movement for three hours in a mega city like Lagos.

“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 21 million people,” he said.

The commissioner decried the environmental laws, policies and procedures being practiced in the state, saying that it has not been able to match the phenomenal growth and the dream of a 24-hour economy.

“The state government is not unaware of a recent Court of Appeal judgment.

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.

The thrust of the fresh initiatives, among others, is to promote holistic and modern solutions to the unique environmental challenges confronting the state.

Furthermore, government will also accelerate the introduction of fresh reforms through the passage of new harmonised environmental laws that will drive meaningful changes.

Changes in areas of harmonised 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 the 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.

Residents 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,” he said.

Ayorinde said that the state government would henceforth be tougher in ensuring enforcement against contraventions of its policies and regulations.

He urged residents to voluntarily comply with the necessary laws and support government in its bid to have a clean and healthy environment.


  1. lilly

    November 23, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Really? When the general sanitation was enforced, not every community gets to clean their environment! With this method of yours. Lagos will become a mess again just like the time before Fashola.

  2. lagosian

    November 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Ambode the clueless and vindictive Governor….”.Itesiwaju eko” my foot, more like taking lagos back to the days when we see heap of refuse on road side…awon onidoti. May the best Man/Womanwin come 2019! No more party sympathy…..APC can poof off to where the sun don’t shine.. mscheeeewwwww

  3. zeal

    November 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Please tell your LGC in charge of Abule by iyaana-era off badagry express way, to arrest anybody found throwing dirt from their houses on the streets..i have happen more than once. Most people who reside there are actually very disgusting,.anybody found throwing dirt from their car or bus on the road should be death with because most Lagosians are PIGS.

  4. chic wen sabi

    November 23, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    What has the govt put in place for a more healthy and friendly environmental after the cancellation of the sanitation?Do you know that in sweden empty cans are exchanged for money, even the rich picks it, the idea is to keep the environment clean and habitable.
    I suggest that govt should make a policy that every house should have a trash bin and keep the arena clean. Some houses do not have any trash bin, they throw their dirt any where and litter the environment.

  5. nene

    November 23, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    this is bad, real bad. lagos is already filthy and overpopulated, leading to more filth. the sanitation exercise was well needed.

  6. Chinma

    November 24, 2016 at 5:44 am

    This is a welcome development, restricting people for three hours to clean their environments is unproductive. In the real sense of it, they don’t actually do the cleaning but pack diets from the gutters and to the roads

  7. Dr. N

    November 24, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Now get LAWMA to actually do their job
    Well done

  8. Aramide

    November 24, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Good initiative by the Lagos state Government. However, if we are considering productivity in a very economy demanding mega city like Lagos, the government should also be sensitive to the need to keep a healthy environment by ensuring that adequate preparations are made for LAWMA and other relevant agencies to constantly emptied the large waste collection spots on our roads and at strategic locations to prevent environmental pollution.

  9. nne

    November 25, 2016 at 9:14 am

    y.all just ruined my respite on saturdays causi work weekends. Great

  10. Bashorun Lookman

    November 25, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    It A Very Good And More Enviromental Enforcement Device That Lagos State Government Is Trying To Settle For.Ie A More Everyday Clean Enviroment Sanitations,so By That Don’t Just Buy A Ten Naira Poor Water And Litre The Street And So On.

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