The Lagos State Government, through the Office of Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, has sensitised residents of Sagbokoyi community in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of the State on the need to keep the waterways clean.
The clean-up campaign, simultaneously held at Ebute-Ero/Elegbata, Falomo, Sagbokoji, and Ikorodu communities, was an initiative of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) in conjunction with the State Office of Sustainable Development Goals and Investment.
While engaging residents of Sogbokoyi community on the essence of keeping their water bodies unpolluted, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development and Investment, Mrs. Solape Hammond stated that the purity of the aquatic entity is imperative in the promotion of sustainable development.
According to her, the exercise is of utmost importance to the State Government’s environmental sustainability project as well as the effort towards achieving the Global Sustainable Development Goal 14 which calls for the protection of life below water.
Represented by the Head of Global Outreach and Partnership, Mrs. Funmi Owolabi, Hammond disclosed that the campaign was organised as a result of the current undesirable state of Lagos waterways as they are constantly exposed to industrial and human debris.
She pointed out that having clean and stable waterways aids smooth water transportation system and creates enabling habitat for marine creatures.
During the campaign, the team visited the Baale’s Palace at Sagbokoji, where dwellers of the community were also enlightened on the need to keep the waterways in the area clean by desisting from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in streams and rivers as well as to routinely maintain a clean environment.
In his response, the Baale of Sagbokoji, Chief Baale Avime Anthony assured the State Government of the community’s commitment to maintain a hygienic environment and cultivate the habit of ensuring clean and safe waterways.