A right activist and public commentator, Comrade Razaq Olokoba has floated a voluntary non-Governmental outfit to assist the government and Lagos residents in reducing the environmental hazards resulting from dirty environment and blocked drainages.
The outfit, Sanwo-Olu Vanguard on Environmental Sanitation, according to Olokoba, is for the members to serve as volunteers to go round periodically to assist in clearing refuses at strategic places throughout the nook and cranny of the state
The founder, Olokoba, while addressing a selected journalists at Alapere-Ketu axis of the state Tuesday reminded the public of the danger of indiscriminate dumping of refuse the result of which can cause environmental pollution through stench oozing out of the carelessly dumped wastes.
He added that, in some cases where the dirt is being burnt within residential areas, the effects are always devastating to the health of the people, warning that, if something drastic is not done by complementing the efforts of the government towards providing a clean environment, the outcome would not spare anybody.
Olokoba further stated that, “great attention would be paid to the blocked drainages with a view to freeing them to allow for unhindered passage of water,” reminding that, blocked drainages are the major causes of flood that ravages communities and cause irreparable damages to life and property.
He however made it crystal clear that, “we are out to support and compliment the efforts of relevant environmental agencies to ensure cleaner Lagos and never to usurp anybody’s statutory duties constitutionally assigned to them by the authorities.
The activist also disclosed that, “our activities would go beyond clearing of refuse and freeing the drainages alone, we will always mount enlightenment campaigns against indiscriminate dumping of refuse, blocking the drainages and other acts that can lead to environmental degradation and injurious to the health of the populace.”
While reminding that the outfit is non-profitable and non-governmental, Olokoba reminded, “good governance that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is out to provide is not supposed to be the sole responsibility of the government alone but a collective responsibility of all and sundry for the benefit of all.”
In conclusion, the youth leader said the door of the group is wide open for more volunteers whose thinking tallies with those who wants the best for the state and who want Sanwo-Olu to succeed in the onerous task of moving the state to the next level of environmental excellence.
“We will soon publish a set of phone numbers to be called by members of the public who may need our assistance in helping the government to come in and render some voluntary services that could guarantee healthy living and hygienic environment,” Olokoba assured.