The Lagos State Governor’s Special Advisor on Central Business Districts, Mr. Olugbenga Oyerinde, has advised against the sale and use of firecrackers or any type of fireworks within business districts to avoid dangers to people and the environment.
Oyerinde revealed today in Lagos while speaking about the Office’s preparation for the Christmas season, urging parents and guardians to warn their wards against the use of fireworks.
He said that the law prohibiting its use is still in effect and security agencies in Lagos state will arrest those who sell and use the device in markets. The Special Advisor stated that @lagos_cbd compliance officers and other security agencies have been mandated to ensure that no one uses fireworks, especially in markets and residential areas.
“Fireworks have a sound similar to that of some weapons used by criminals, since these people cannot differentiate between them. In addition, markets need to be protected from fire outbreaks.
Therefore, it is important to take drastic measures on sale and use to help protect people and valuable property, as the Christmas and New Year celebrations approach, ”he said.
Similarly, the Special Advisor assured buyers, residents and business owners within the Central Business Districts of the disposition of the administration led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure that the Christmas season is free from traffic jams and activities. criminal.
He noted that the state government is concerned about the threat from some recalcitrant commercial bus drivers, private vehicle owners and commercial motorcycle operators on the highways because they cause unnecessary traffic problems and lost working hours on routes within the business district. .
Reporting that the state government has put in place appropriate measures to ensure that residents, business owners, and buyers go about their business very easily during the holiday period, the Special Counsel hinted that there will also be full enforcement of traffic and safety laws. .
“It is not enough to have safety regulations, they must be enforced and enforced to avoid avoidable loss of life, property and injury.
As a government that cares about the safety of life and property, nothing less than strict adherence to safety rules will be acceptable, the relevant provisions of the law will be applied against individuals and organizations that make mistakes, ”he said.
Therefore, Oyerinde urged all stakeholders within business districts to be vigilant, especially when in large gatherings such as markets, religious programs, and carnivals, ensuring that the state, especially the CBDs, remain safe so that the people live and do business. .
He also called on Community Development Associations, leaders of religious organizations, members of organized unions and associations to work with the state government and security agencies to report suspicious activities that could compromise the safety of lives and property.