The Lagos State Government says it would no longer cancel the monthly environmental sanitation exercise for national examinations, such as the West African School Certificate Examination, WASCE, the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, and others.
The government said it would no longer succumb to any form of blackmail from agencies of government at the federal, state or local government levels requesting  for the lifting of order on restriction of movement, during its monthly environmental sanitation exercise.
Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello disclosed this during inspection of ongoing environmental projects in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
He also advised examination bodies both at local, national and international levels to desist from fixing local or national examinations like General Certificate Examination, GCE, National Examination Council, NECO and WASCE on any last Saturday of the month as the state government would no longer accommodate future requests.

According to Bello, “event planners, and planning officers at various levels of government should not  fix national, state or local government events on any of the last Saturdays of the month, as the Lagos State Government will no longer entertain such request.”
He added that Lagos, as Africa’s fastest growing mega city, could not afford to toy with the issue of sanitation as the population of the state has continued to increase in leaps and bounds,  and as such cleaning of all the nooks and crannies of the state must be done at all times.
The commissioner warned that the laws of the land was no respecter of persons and as such individuals, groups, corporate organizations and governments at all levels should ensure that the last Saturday of every month is kept free from engagements between 7.00am and 10.00am in order to allow citizens full participation in the state-wide exercise.
“Whoever chooses to  flout the laws of the state does so at his or her own risk. As we gradually approach the rainy season, Lagosians should desist from acts that could contribute to flooding as the state government has commenced massive cleaning and dredging of primary and secondary channels across the state in order to attain a flood-free Lagos,” he said.
While urging Lagosians not to dump waste in unauthorised places such as canals and drainage channels, Bello advised them not to patronise cart pushers who usually empty their refuse into drainage channels.

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