Lagos - The Lagos State government has cancelled the order restriction of movement of persons and vehicles during the monthly environmental sanitation in the state.
State Commissioner for Environment, Babatunde Adejare disclosed this on Thursday during the ministry’s monthly media chat.
He disclosed that the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has decided that the state cannot afford to shut down a mega city like Lagos for a period 3 hours.
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The commissioner noted that environmental sanitation should rather be a daily exercise and charged residents to make it a way of life.
The commissioner also vowed to shut down markets violating the state’s environmental laws.
A Federal High Court in Lagos had in 2015 declared as unlawful the restriction of citizens’ movement during the monthly Lagos environmental sanitation exercise.
The court held that such restriction of movement, in the name of sanitation, amounted to a violation of the citizens’ right to personal liberty and freedom of movement protected by sections 35 and 41 of the Constitution.
The court therefore voided the power of the Lagos State Government and its agent to arrest any citizen found moving between 7am and 10am on the last Saturday of every month when the environmental sanitation exercise is observed
- News 24