The Lagos State Government has lifted the restriction order on human and vehicular movement during the May Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise.
The State government announced the lifting of restriction on Friday, saying the decision was taken in order to allow free movement of examination materials and also for Students, Invigilators and other Stakeholders to ensure effective participation in the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) Examination.
NABTEB examination is expected to be held across the Nation on Saturday, May 28.
In a Statement by a spokesman for the Ministry of Environment, Tunde Awobiyi, the Honourable Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, however, urged Lagos residents to still observe the monthly exercise by cleaning their homes and clearing the drains in their neighbourhood so as to prevent flooding in the State.
He said such exercise would allow free flow of water as the raining reason gathered momentum.
He stressed that the monthly cleaning exercise would resume next month.
The Commissioner said that it became imperative for the State Government to waive the restriction order to avoid jeopardising the future of the candidates whose counterparts in other parts of the federation would write the same examination.
“As a responsible and responsive government, we value the education of our children very dearly and therefore resolved to relax the order in the interest of the future leaders of tomorrow.
“As we are all aware, Lagos is a Coastal City that has high water table levels and prone to flooding whenever it rains. We must therefore imbibe habits which will reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of flooding in the State,” he said.
The Commissioner enjoined Lagos residents to shun acts that could aggravate the adverse global climatic conditions, noting that “people should not dump waste in unauthorized places like canals and drainage channels”.
He said that the target of the state this year was to sustain past record of flood abatement, thus making it possible for the State not to experience flooding as in the past years.
“This can only be achieved through effective collaboration of the people,” he stressed.
According to him, the issue of sanitation has become very critical, especially with the geometrical population explosion in the state, adding that the regular clean-up for a healthier, cleaner and Sustainable Environment has become a matter of survival for residents.