During the exercise, some buildings located on Egbaiyelo Street, around the Tin Can-Coconut axis of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, were sealed for unsanitary practices, ranging from open defecation to illegal dumping of refuse, among others.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, said the state’s zero tolerance for environmental nuisance policy was still in force.
In a statement signed by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Mukaila Sanusi, the commissioner was said to have warned residents who were in the habit of abusing the environment through different forms of infractions such as keeping unhealthy environment littered with all kinds of articles; converting open spaces to dump sites; erecting illegal stall extensions; and engaging in street trading, among others, to desist or face sanctions from the government.
He said the government had the duty to promote the welfare of all residents by safeguarding the environment, adding that no responsible government would fold its arms and allow the reckless attitude of a few to compromise the well-being of everyone in the state.
“We have no option than to act fast to nip this kind of unpleasant development in the bud if we must prevent the outbreak of epidemics in our state as dirty environment comes with serious hazards,” Durosinmi-Etti stated.
According to him, the ongoing beautification of Apapa, starting from Commercial Avenue and its environs, and the Tin Can-Coconut section of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, are parts of the government’s efforts to sanitise the Apapa neighbourhood.
He said stakeholders, including the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, plank sellers and local council development areas in the Tin Can-Coconut area, among others, supported the successful commencement of the cleaning intervention.
He added that the state had also deployed facilities to rid the Tin Can-Coconut section of the expressway of refuse.