… As Clean-Up Of Apapa Commences
Lagos State Government, at the commencement of clean-up exercise of Apapa at the weekend, sealed some buildings on Egbaiyelo Street, around Tin Can-Coconut axis of Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, for unsanitary practices.
The State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, who disclosed this in Lagos emphasised government Zero Tolerance for Environmental abuse, explaining that the buildings were sealed for offences such as open defecation, dirty environment and illegal dumping of refuse, among others.
He listed some environmental offences as keeping unhygienic environment, converting open spaces to dump sites, erecting illegal stall extensions, engaging in street trading, among others and warned residents who were in the habit of violating the State Environmental Law to desist or face sanctioning.
Durosinmi-Etti said that the government had the duty to promote the welfare of all residents by safeguarding the environment, stressing that no responsible government would fold its arms and allow the well-being of all Lagosians compromised by a few uncooperative individuals.
“We have no option than to act fast to nip this kind of unpleasant development in the bud if we must prevent the outbreak of epidemics in our State as dirty environment comes with serious hazards”, he said.
He reiterated that the ongoing exercise, starting from Commercial Avenue and the cleaning intervention of the whole area, particularly the Tin Can-Coconut section of the Apapa-Oshodi expressway are all aimed at sanitizing the Apapa neighbourhood.
While appreciating the support of stakeholders, the Commissioner specifically lauded the collaborative efforts of the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), plank sellers and CDAs in the Tin Can-Coconut area for the successful take-off of the clean-up intervention.
“As promised, we have massively deployed facilities to ensure that litters along the road median of the Tin Can-Coconut section of the Apapa-Oshodi expressway were carted away in record time”, he stated.