By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
Lagos State Government has concluded plans to organise a stakeholders’ meeting on possible reintroduction of the monthly sanitation exercise cancelled three years ago by past administration.
The state government added that the sanitation law which would enable it reintroduced it was currently been reviewed and a stakeholders’ forum to be convened to discuss issues with the aim of fashioning a general consensus on mode of operation for the way forward.
The State Government had cancelled the exercise three years ago based on economic realities in the country then.
The state’s Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, gave the hint on Wednesday, at a meeting with Association of Commodity Market Women and Men, led by the Iyaloja General of Nigeria, Chief Mrs. Folasade Tinubu-Ojo, held at the Ministry, Alausa, Ikeja.
Bello lamented that invalidation of the monthly exercise by the court was a setback which would be reversed very soon.
He explained that the meeting was convened to seek the cooperation of the market leaders, women and men on the government’s zero tolerance for indiscriminate dumping of waste.
Bello warned that markets that were yet to engage the service of Private Sector Participants (PSPs), operators to link up with the State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, immediately, would be sanctioned.
The commissioner, therefore, urged the traders to create a point within the market where all the waste generated would be deposited before being carted away by PSP operators.
Bello warned that the state government would not hesitate to shut any market that failed to address refuses generated and dumped on roads linking the market.
He said as a form of motivation, competitions would be re-introduced to recognise and reward markets adjudged as the cleanest.
In her response, Tinubu-Ojo assured that the leadership of markets would intensify their sanitation strategies to achieve a cleaner Lagos.
She assured that the association was ready to cooperate with the State government to adopt all methods proposed by the government to ensure cleanliness in all markets and it’s environs.