The Environmental Lagos Platform has flagged off a campaign to cleanup Somolu community in Lagos State, South west Nigeria.
The convener of the campaign, Mr Alexander Omoridion, told Journalists that the exercise was to educate residents on the need to have a clean and healthy environment.
He disclsed that the initiative tagged “Cleanup Somolu’’ was in partnership with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority and the Somolu Local Government Council as well as the Environmental Health Officers of Nigeria.
”We use the exercise to sensitize residents on the need to show more interest on their environment, including roads, waste, water, housing and transportation issues.
”Our goal is to sensitise them on the need to clean their environment without being forced by government to do so.
“Environmental hygiene should be a habit and part of our day-to-day life,’’ he stated, lamenting that drainages were blocked everywhere in Lagos, due to human activities.
Mr Oluwarotimi Oluyede, Special Adviser on Environment to the Council Chairman, also told Journalists that the environment should be a concern for all, to engender healthy living.
”What we always do is to ensure that we continue to educate and sensitise our people, to play their part in promoting a healthy environment.
”Our Local Government Chairman, Mr Abdulhameed Salawu, is passionate about the environment and his wish is to sustain a cleaner, safer, secure and environmentally hygienic atmosphere for Somolu,” he explained.
Oluyede said the council was in full support of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s executive order on environmental sanitation and drainage cleaning.
”We have secured about 12 taskforce vehicles to curb indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
“We, however, appeal to the State Government to deploy more officers of the Environmental Corps along Ikorodu Road to curb refuse dumping.’’ he added.