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Sanwo-Olu Approves Reintroduction Of Monthly Environmental Sanitation In Lagos

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the reintroduction of monthly environmental sanitation in the state.

The state Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, who disclosed this, said the State Executive Council has also given its approval for the introduction of the monthly exercise.

He, however, said the sanitation which would commence in July, would be officially announced by the governor soon.

“Lagos governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the state executive council have approved the re-introduction of the monthly sanitation.

“The governor will announce it officially for the exercise to commence this month,” Wahab, who spoke in Yoruba language, said in a 21-second clip shared on the Lagos State Environmental Update page on X.

The government stopped the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in the state in 2016.

The government said the exercise, which used to be held for three hours on the last Saturday of every month with restrictions on movement, needed to go to pave the way for a much-needed reform.

The then Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, in a statement, said the decision to cancel the monthly exercise followed a resolution adopted at the State Executive Council meeting.

“Lagos has grown exponentially with the attendant environmental problems associated with managing 20 million people. The environmental laws and procedures being practised in the state have not been able to match the growth and the dream of a 24-hour economy,” Ayorinde had then said.

However, the reintroduction of the monthly environmental sanitation may not be unconnected to the recent flooding affecting some major parts of Lagos due to incessant rain.

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