The Lagos State Government has dedicated the August sanitation exercise to the prevention of the Ebola Virus Disease.
The government said the exercise, which would hold on Saturday between 7am and 10am, would be used for demonstration of preventive measures to curb the spread of the disease.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, said the state government would continue to be in the forefront of the campaign for a healthier and sustainable environment.
He said, “Over the years, the present administration in the state has continued to educate Lagosians to desist from unhygienic acts like open urination and open defecation. We have also urged our citizens to clean the environment and adopt proper waste management habit.
“Now that we have the Ebola Virus Disease in the state, this is a wake up call for all Lagosians to desist from unhygienic acts that can spread the disease.”
The commissioner said the ministry, during the sanitation, would demonstrate some preventive steps and ways to prevent spread of the disease.
Bello said government’s zero tolerance for acts such as street trading, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and constructions of structures along drainage alignments was non-negotiable.
He said, “As a preventive measure to curb the spread of the disease, Lagosians must come out in large numbers and actively participate in the Saturday exercise. Efforts should be concentrated on the cleaning of drains, canals and fumigation of our environment to completely eliminate the disease in the state.”
The commissioner advised residents to sustain the solid waste management programme of the government through the patronage of approved operators for the disposal of their solid waste and wastewater management challenges.
He noted that when wastewater was not properly discharged, it could lead to spread of communicable diseases.
Bello warned commercial transport operators and car owners to comply with the restriction order between 7am and 10am, saying any vehicle caught violating the order would be dealt with according to the state laws.