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Lagos outlines plans to enhance festive season safety

09 December 2015, 07:42Augustine Osayande

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 state.

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 Neighbourhood. 

- CAJ News


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