Lagos State cancels sanitation day

The Lagos State government yesterday terminated the monthly environmental sanitation, which hitherto held for three hours on the last Saturday of every month.

The state government, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the decision to cancel the monthly exercise followed a resolution reached at Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, which approved the need for a robust review of the environmental laws and procedures in the state to meet the present day challenges and to promote a clean and healthy environment.

The government noted that considering the present economic situation in the country, it was 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.

It would be recalled that on November 9, the Appeal Court in Lagos nullified the monthly environmental sanitation in the state, saying it was illegal and ordered the government not to restrict people’s movement on that day.

The court banned the state government from further restricting anyone’s movement within Lagos State at any time or day whatsoever on the basis of environmental sanitation as there is no written law to that effect.

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