The Deputy Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Olumuyiwa Jimoh, has expressed reservation over the cancellation of the monthly environmental sanitation by the state government, saying there was no justification to that effect.The lawmaker, who is representing Apapa constituency II, gave this charge in a chat with newsmen in his office at Alausa Ikeja.
The state government had on Wednesday terminated the monthly environmental sanitation exercise which hitherto held for three hours on the last Saturday of every month.
The State Government, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said the decision to cancel the monthly exercise followed a resolution arrived at Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting.
The Government noted that considering the present economic situation in the country, it was no longer appropriate to restrict movement of people for three hours in a mega city like Lagos at a time they should be pursuing commercial and entrepreneurial activities.
According to government, in the last two decades, Lagos has grown exponentially into a mega city with the attendant huge environmental problems associated with a mega city status.
However, Jimoh argued that by the nature of man, government would require some level of enforcement to ensure that people comply with laws.
According to him, ” that is the only alternative way to coerce our people to obey (the law). Ordinarily, it is the nature of man to disobey laws. Telling them to clean their environment will be difficult without government enforcing it. I don’t see the justification as Olumuyiwa Jimoh.
“But if it is decision of competent court of law because that was the excuse challenged in court, I think it is about our environment. The argument of the state government is that Lagos is a megacity and no time in the hours of the day or night should an individual or group be prevented from going about their businesses, that is where court relies on.
“The belief that the end justifies the means but people should also remember that the means also determines the end,” Jimoh argued.