Abuja - Amid the rising threat to the
environment and human life, the Lagos State Government has warned residents in
the state against the use of fireworks during the festive period.
State Commissioner for Special Duties and
Inter-governmental Relations, Seye Oladejo, stressed the readiness of the
government to enforce the ban on the
fireworks popularly known as “Biscoe and Banger” also due to the
potential hazard of the device to the people and the environment
The Commissioner recalled the December 26, 2012 fire
outbreak caused by storage of fireworks in Lagos Island which led to loss of
lives and properties worth millions of naira.
“The danger associated with the dropping of cigarette
tubs or fireworks indiscriminately, especially at this period of harmattan pose
a great challenge which could lead to fire outbreak,” Oladejo said.
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He also urged residents to be vigilant especially when in
a large gathering such as religious programmes, carnivals, clubs, event centres and restaurant, assuring that the
state remained safe and secure for people living an doing business in the
Oladejo appealed to religious bodies, cub owners and
event centres to work with the state government and security agencies to
monitor activities around them and report suspicious and unusual activities
during such gathering that may compromise security of lives and properties.
He said the state government would close event centres,
malls, casinos, cinemas, restaurants, hotels and clubs who failed to comply
with the standard practice of having more than one exit.
“The State Government is coming out fully to implement
all these laws through our relevant government agencies and the security
operatives,” said Oladejo.
These operatives include Nigeria Police, Lagos
State Traffic Management Authority, Vehicle Inspection Service, Task Force on
Environmental and Special Offence, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and
- CAJ News