The Lagos State Government has expressed dismay over indiscriminate dumping of refuse and rising number of hawkers on major highways.
To this end, it has directed the state Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) to dislodge recalcitrant traders on the major highways in the state.
The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, disclosed this during a working visit to LAGESC.
Mr Bello said, “There is need for the LAGESC operatives to ensure that all the major roads in the state are rid of all environmental nuisances and infractions in order to ensure total cleanliness of the environment.”
Bello noted the rising number of hawkers on some major streets on Victoria Island and the Mainland, directing LAGESC officers to move out to ensure total sanity.
According to him, the roads are not meant for trading, and that people should go into state-approved markets to engage in legal trading activities, and assured that the state government would continue to provide necessary assistance and support such as strengthening the workforce, insurance policies and operational vehicles towards effective and efficient discharge of their duties.
The commissioner, therefore, admonished the operatives to desist from any form of unhealthy practices, warning that any of the officers found wanting would be dealt with accordingly.
Earlier in the welcome address, the LAGESC Corps Marshal, CP Akinpelu Gbemisola (Rtd), said the visit would “boost the morale of the personnel and make them feel that they were an integral part of the present administration.”