Olajide Osoba, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government has cancelled the monthly environment sanitation exercise which previously hold every last Saturday of the month.
This was disclosed in a press statement issued by the Chief Press Secerary, Kunle Somorin which was made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The governor has also lifted restriction on movement order so as to enable Secondary school students across the state to part in the ongoing National Examination Council, NECO.
According to him, the decision was arrived at after reviewing the challenges that the restriction of movement order would have on the Mathematics paper in the NECO exams schedule for Saturday and which coincides with the timing of the monthly sanitation exercise.
“It has become expedient that the interest of the students be considered. Mathematics is a general subject and we need to facilitate hitch-free preparation and movement of students, teachers and NECO officials and examiners to various centres where the exams would hold within and outside the state.
”I want to implore all citizens to ensure that the cleaning exercise is observed at their various houses, irrespective of the non-restriction of movement during the period of the exercise”
He noted that it was imperative that all drainage channels be kept free of silts and refuse to avoid flooding of homes that could lead to the destruction of lives and properties.
“Cleaning should not be one-month affair. We need to take care of our personal hygiene and clean our environment regularly and on a daily basis to avoid outbreak of cholera and other preventable and communicable diseases that could lead to epidemics,” the statement further said.
The governor disclosed that the Ministry of Environment and the Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) have been mandated to go round and collect refuse generated during period of the exercise, while Environmental Health Officers have also been directed to ensure compliance with Public health regulations and bring offenders to book.