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In Lagos Government to cancel movement restriction during sanitation exercise

This was disclosed by Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare on Thursday, March 31, 2016 during a media briefing.

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The Lagos State Government has said that it might soon cancel the movement restriction which usually applies during the monthly environmental sanitation in the state.

This was disclosed by Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare on Thursday, March 31, 2016 during a media briefing.

“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, in line with his responsive government, hopes to discontinue restriction during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise,” he said according to Punch.

The government has however denied reports that the sanitation exercise has been cancelled entirely.

“Dr. Adejare was quoted out of context when he indicated that the restriction of movement may be dispensed with… he did not in any way suggest that the monthly sanitation had been outlawed,” Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said in a statement.

“While Dr. Adejare did meet with journalists today and indicated that the restriction of movement every last Saturday of the month would ultimately be dispensed with, he did not say the monthly sanitation exercise would no longer hold in Lagos.

“The last two sanitation exercises could not hold due to the JAMB examination in February and the Easter celebration in March. Nevertheless, the Lagos state government had always encouraged residents to clean their environment and observe hygienic behaviours, without necessarily having to shut the state down.

“It is the wish of Lagos state government to ensure that every part of the state is clean with wastes properly disposed and this will always involve a concerted effort on the part of the government and citizens alike.

“However, while it may become necessary in the near future to observe this clean-up exercise regularly without having to restrict vehicular movement, we wish to clarify that the monthly environmental exercise is still in force in Lagos State for now,” he added.

In 2014, former governor, Babatunde Fashola was taken to court by lawyer, Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa in a bid to secure the cancellation of the movement restriction.

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