Lagos State Government has reassured residents of the city of its readiness to ensure the season is devoid of traffic gridlock and criminal activities across the state.
Briefing journalists at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa Secretariat yesterday, Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-governmental Relations, Mr. Seye Oladejo, said the government was concerned about the menace which petrol tankers and other articulated vehicles have become on Lagos roads, as well as the incessant fire incidents and needless road traffic and accidents which have led to loss of lives and properties.
Oladejo flanked by the state’s commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr. Steve Ayorinde said the state government has put adequate measures in place to ensure that residents go about their activities with much ease during the festive period including total enforcement of the traffic and safety laws.
He stressed the readiness of the government to enforce the ban on the use of fireworks popularly known as “Biscoe and Banger” due to the potential hazard of the device to the people and the environment.
He 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.
According to him, 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.
He urged residents to be vigilant especially when in a large gathering such as religious programmes, carnivals, clubs, event centres and restaurant, however assuring that the state remains safe and secure for people living an doing business in the state.
Oladejo appealed to religious bodies, club 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.
Source: National Mirror Nigeria