Cleaner Lagos Initiative: Council boss sensitizes stakeholders, reads riot act to cart pushers

Cleaner Lagos Initiative: Council boss sensitizes stakeholders, reads riot act to cart pushers

- The Cleaner Lagos Initiative is geared towards making the mega city clean again

- A council boss and an aide to the Lagos state government has taken it upon themselves to sensitize stakeholders on the programme

- They also read the riot act for cart pushers all over the state

In a bid to sustain the newest strategy aimed at providing a clean and safe environment for Lagosians, the Lagos state government has started giving out bags of refuse sacks as a measure to ensure proper waste package.

Special adviser to Lagos state governor on Cleaner Lagos Initiative, Engineer Adebola Shabi on Friday, August 3, sensitized Agboyi-Ketu stakeholders on the modus operandi of the initiative

The program held at Agboyi-Ketu secretariat, attracted participants from all walks of life, cutting across traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leaders, market men and women, artisans, transport unions, women group, and youth bodies.

Welcoming the stakeholders, the council boss charged them to see cleanliness of their environment as a developmental task that must be accomplished.

He, however, warned them to desist from patronizing cart pushers, stressing that the council has designed a local policing system to prosecute defaulters.

Commencing the sensitization talk, Engineer Shabi disclosed that evolution of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative was mooted by Governor Ambode during his electioneering campaign.

He added that the initiative is designed to expand the scope in tackling the hydra-headed environmental challenges, as a result of the huge population and small land area of the state.

On the issue of waste evacuation coordinated by the Private Sector Participant (PSP) Operators , Engrineer Shabi spurred the local council, imperatively, the Community Development Council(CDC) to take supervision of their operations.

“I have stated it at various fora, in the journey to get rid of dirt in Lagos, there is a need for a cosmopolitan framework and active collaboration where citizenry must take over supervision of private waste operators.

“The era of being in operation without evacuation of waste is gone, every area in Lagos has a PSP operator in charge, if you don't see them doing their businesses, then you must report them to the necessary authorities,” he said.

In addition, he charged the local council to sensitize religious houses, and relaxation centers on negative effect of noise pollution, stressing that certain decibel level are dangerous for human and nature.

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Meanwhile, the newly formed Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) formerly known as the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) says it would not tolerate any environmental infractions from residents of the state.

To get fully prepared to implement the government policy on environmental sanitation, the officials of LAGESC have been trained on self-defence.

Mrs Idowu Mohammed, the executive secretary of LAGESC, told journalists including that the training was necessary as the officials would be moving from house to house.

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