"Let Us Pay Greater Attention To Our Environment", Fashola Enjoins Nigerians As He handed over 100 compactor trucks to PSP Operators
Jun 20, 2011 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Monday handed over 100 new compactor trucks to the Private Sector (PSP) Operators with a call on all Nigerians to pay greater attention to the environment around them in order to enhance the quality of their lives.
Governor Fashola, who spoke at the handover ceremony which took place at the Olusosun Landfill in Ojota, said the quality of the environment goes a long way in determining not only the quality but also the life expectancy of the people living in such environment.
Describing our environment as "the biggest economy", Governor Fashola declared, "How we manage it will determine the quality of the life we live; it will determine our life expectancy".
"When we implore people to dispose of their wastes properly, to resist the temptation and impulse to dump refuse and plastics into drainages, these are appeals that go to the totality of securing our environment", the Governor said noting that refuse dumped in improper places eventually sip into the underground water which we drink.
Governor Fashola further explained, "Let us not forget that everything that we depend on, whether for food or for water, comes from how we use the land around us. If you pollute the land, it will go down to the ground water and it is that ground water that we will ultimately drink; it is that ground water that we use to farm and it is possible that that ground water will be ingested into our body with the toxin that will reduce or diminish the quality and longevity of our lives".
To Lagos residents, the Governor said, "When we ask you , therefore, not to urinate in the open, when we ask you not to defecate in the open, to dump your refuse in appropriate places and not in the drainages or water bodies, we do so because we care, not because we dislike you".
"It is in our hands to protect our environment, to protect our city, to protect our local governments. It is not right to dump refuse inside canals and then when it is rainy season, you expect government to come and collect it. In the first place, refuse do not belong in the canals and those who put them there must lead the process now to remove them. Every community, every local government and every village must rise together and join hands with us so that we can sustain and clean the State and make it worthy and livable not only for ourselves but for the generation that are coming behind us", the Governor said.
The security agency also received a facelift with the donation of 10 Armored vehicles, helmet, vests etc
Critics are already making their comments and say he should concentrate on pressing issues like the flooding of streets due to blocked drainage in this rainy season.
We say thumbs up and may he continue the good work. Eko O Ni Baje...