Traders in Ajah market in Eti Osa East Local Council Development Area have been called upon to sanitize their environment and stop indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the drainage’s and roadside.
The Executive Chairman of Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area, Hon. Rafiu Olatunji Olufunmi made this known at the launching of “operation no refuse” in the market. He stated that the heap of refuse dump at various parts of the market is bad as it has the potential of breeding deadly disease like Lassa fever etc.
The chairman reiterated that the idea behind the initiative is to play their part in making sure that Lagos in general and Eti-Osa East in particular are clean devoid of refuse.
He maintained that beyond what we are doing as a government, “we intend to engage the market men and women in a stakeholders meeting with a view to enlightening them on the need and importance of plying their trade in a clean environment. We intend to equally compel them to make sure that their refuse is properly disposed in line with the overall objectives of the Lagos state government in ensuring a cleaner Lagos. We will equally encourage them to continue with the weekly environmental sanitation in their various markets every Thursday as it has always been as this will go a long way in eradicating some diseases that are caused by a dirty environment. The most important aspect of this exercise is that disease like cholera, Lassa fever and the rest will be free from our environment”.
Sanitarian Biobaku, the leader of the sanitation department in the local council said that the beauty of this initiative is that Lagos state had earlier earmarked Thursday every week as sanitation day in the various markets in Lagos state. What the Local government Chairman has done by providing clean up equipment is that it will enhance the cleanliness of the markets. We have also assembled a task force that will arrest anyone that dumps their refuse indiscriminately.
She advised the residents to package their refuse properly and dispose them only at designated points so that the registered PSP operators can evacuate the refuse easily. “I believe that with the Cleaner Lagos initiative, our environment will be cleaner devoid of refuse with a corresponding increase in better health and health living for the masses”, she concluded.