State seals Marina workers’ mosque over pollution
LAGOS State government has sealed-off the popular Marina workers’ mosque over pollution resulting from improper disposal of sewage in the worship centre located in the highbrow Lagos Business District.
State Commissioner for Environment, Dry Samuel Adejare, who ordered that the mosque be shut while monitoring the October edition of the monthly environmental sanitation at the Lagos Mainland Local Government, said government had declared a state of emergency on environmental nuisance across the state.
Adejare, while warning market leaders, drivers and residents against improper waste disposal, explained that the workers’ Mosque was sealed-off for discharging sewage into the drainage channel.
The visibly enraged commissioner said the government has established a Special Command in Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) to ensure cleaner environment in Lagos Central Business District.
He said the declaration of zero tolerance to environmental nuisance in Lagos metropolis was to save the state from disaster resulting from unkempt environment, adding that all hands must be on the deck to maintain a healthy environment for the residents.
“This is why we ordered the closure of the mosque for discharging sewage in the drainage. Marina is our pride, asset and heritage; we cannot allow anyone to mess it up. This mosque is a temporary building for worship, but we cannot tolerate improper waste disposal. There is no emotional thing attached to it. I have told them to close down the place. Your saw the sewage, you saw where they laid pipes openly. We will not allow it. Even God will not allow it.”
Adejare said the new Lagos is where spaces would not be allowed to be turned into dumpsites. He said the government would only cooperate with drivers’ unions, who are ready to take ownership of parks through proper management of their environment.
On Ilaje Otumora slum, in Lagos Mainland Local Government, he said the government was seeking solution to it, saying, “In fact, one of our drainage systems that we channeled into the lagoon has been blocked.”