THE Lagos State government yesterday cancelled the monthly sanitation, which holds last Saturday of every month.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy Steve Ayorinde, speaking in a statement, said the decision was taken at yesterday’s State Executive Council meeting.
Ayorinde said the council agreed there should be a review of sanitation laws and procedures to meet present challenges for a clean and healthy environment.
He noted that with the economic situation, it was not convenient to restrict movement for three hours at a time people should be engaged in commercial and entrepreneurial activities.
The commissioner said in the last two decades, Lagos had grown into a megacity with huge environmental problems associated with managing a population of over 20 million people.
“But sadly, the environmental laws, policies and procedures being practised 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.
He said the thrust of the initiative, among others, was to promote holistic and modern solutions to the state’s unique challenges while encouraging citizens to partner government to achieve desired goals.
His words: “After a careful consideration, the State Executive Council has resolved that the present economic climate can no longer support the continued lock down of a mega city, such as Lagos when the citizens should be free to engage in commercial and entrepreneurial activities that can promote economic growth and prosperity.
“Furthermore, the government will also accelerate the introduction of fresh reforms through the passage of new harmonised environmental laws to drive meaningful 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 commitment to a clean and secure environment, and will continue to provide the leadership to meet the environmental challenges of a mega city, such as Lagos”