Nigeria: Lagos Introduces Sanitation Contest

In an effort to raise environmental sanitation consciousness, Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to institute a street cleanliness competition among its residents.

The Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, announced this Saturday at Obalende during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise at Ikoyi-Obalende Local Council Development Area.

According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Tunde Abatan, Orelope-Adefulire explained that the initiative would enhance cleanliness of the city, as different communities would want to compete to win trophies and even cash prizes. She called on residents’ associations to form themselves into street captains and street ambassadors to enable the government work out the modality for the competition.

On the perennial flooding of Obalende and Dolphin Estate, the deputy governor said the state government had invested huge amounts of money on the cleaning and lining of various drainage channels in the area.

She warned residents against sabotaging the efforts of the government through indiscriminate dumping of refuse, “Indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the drains and canals is the major cause of flooding in the state,” she said.

She urged local government chairmen in the state to complement the state government’s efforts by cleaning tertiary drains in their domains.
While expressing optimism in the proposed street competition, Orelope-Adefulire explained that the introduction of a similar competition in markets few years ago had significantly helped to improve sanitation in markets in the state.

Earlier, Chairman of Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA, Mr. Rasaq Adewale Adeniji, explained that the major challenge of facing his council area was flooding. He urged the state government to come to their aid by dredging more canals to facilitate the free flow of rainwater into the lagoon.

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