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Flood: Lagos plans reintroduction of monthly environmental sanitation


The Lagos State Government is set to reintroduce the monthly environmental sanitation exercise across the state.

This decision was confirmed by the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, in a brief video shared on the Lagos State Environmental Update page.

Wahab announced that the reintroduction of the exercise has been approved by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and endorsed by the State Executive Council. He mentioned that the official announcement by the governor would be made soon, with the sanitation exercise scheduled to commence in July.

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In his statement, delivered in Yoruba language, Wahab said, “Lagos governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the state executive council have approved the re-introduction of the monthly sanitation. The governor will announce it officially for the exercise to commence this month.”

The monthly environmental sanitation was discontinued in Lagos State in 2016. At that time, the decision to cancel the exercise was explained by the then Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde. He cited the rapid growth of Lagos and the challenges in managing its environment amidst striving to maintain a 24-hour economy.

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However, recent challenges such as flooding in various parts of Lagos due to heavy rainfall may have influenced the decision to reintroduce the sanitation exercise.

The government aims to address environmental issues more effectively with the reinstatement of this monthly initiative.