Lagos reiterates commitment to environment laws

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, LAGESC has affirmed its readiness to implement all relevant laws aimed at achieving a cleaner and hygienic environment.

The agency says this will be achieved through total conformity in line with the Lagos State Environmental Protection Law 2017.

The Executive Secretary, LAGESC, Mrs. Idowu Mohammed gave this assurance at her office during an interactive session in Lagos.

Mrs. Mohammed mentioned that the present administration of His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu was passionate about the safety of lives and cleanliness of the environment.

Protecting Lives
She said the Governor has directed the LAGESC officials reposed with the mandate to effectively clamp down on all violators of environmental sanitation laws in the State to adequately protect the lives and the environment at large.

According to her “part of the function of LAGESC is to monitor and maintain surveillancs along the highway, streets and public amenities as well as to report regularly any breach of the provision of the Environmental Laws to the appropriate enforcement authorities”.

Mrs Mohammed mentioned that besides the Agency’s commitment to implementing relevant laws concerning the environment, it is also saddled with the monitoring of Lagos environs in line with global best practices of enforcement technique, as well as ensuring that statutory punishments are meted out to offenders.

Use of Pedestrian Bridges
The Executive Secretary also emphasised on the risk associated with neglecting the use of pedestrian bridges.

She said this impedes free flow of traffic as well as unnecessary loss of lives as a result of hit-and-run by the motorists.

She noted that the distance from the pedestrian bridges where arrests can be made by LAGESC officers against erring pedestrians wishing to endanger their lives by crossing the highway is pegged at 200 metres.

She also decried the increase in trading activities on our major roads, hawking, illegal activities by road side mechanics, abandoned vehicles, illegal structures on drainages, selling and cooking of food on roads/sidewalks, stressing that all these, constitute a nuisance and traffic gridlock on Lagos roads.

 

Confidence Okwuchi