Lagos bans sale of rams on highways, roads

Lagos State has reiterated its ban of sale of rams and accompanying goods during the sallah celebrations.

A statement yesterday by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, reminded Lagosians that the law against street trading was still in force, stressing that this includes display of rams on major highways, road medians, lay-bys, gardens and parks.

He also urged residents to respect the environment, be mindful of littering, and dispose animal waste properly. He said they must make cleaniness and safety their watchword throughout the celebration.

Bello said all generated waste through slaughtering of rams and other animals, as well as waste from food items, must be properly disposed through bagging and placement at designated points. He warned against dumping waste from slaughterd animals into drains, saying such action will come back to haunt all residents through flooding.

The commissioner said sanitation workers and waste managers will be on duty, and have been mandated to work across the state during the celebration.

The statement reads: “While it is usual for some traders to take advantage of the season to display and sell rams, this must be done at designated markets without defacing the environment, affecting traffic or compromising the wellbeing of Lagosians.

“It is not unexpected that there will be an increase in generated waste during and after the Sallah, therefore our Sanitation Intervention Programme, with the combined efforts of the Ministry of the Environment and Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), is still on course to rid Lagos of indiscriminate refuse dumping.”

Bello said the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration will continue to campaign for a healthy and cleaner environment, encouraging Lagosians to desist from acts that could have negative impacts on the environment. (The Nation)

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