The Lagos State Government has admonished officers of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) to maintain discipline as well as integrity in carrying out their duties being ambassadors of government.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi- Etti made the call in his office while parading two officers of LAGESC caught for misconduct on Wednesday.
The Officers, Oduyomi Oluwakemi and Ofoesuwa Oluwayemi were caught in the Apapa area of the State while conniving with street traders to display their goods illegally on the road median.
While restating the State government’s policy of zero tolerance on street trading, display of goods on road medians and hawking, the Environment Commissioner frowned at the actions of the officers and vowed that they would be dealt with according to the Environmental Laws of the State to serve as deterrence to other officers.
“It is regrettable that some officers, even after thorough training on how to go about the discharge of their duties, have decided to disregard their training and flout laid down rules and regulations” he said.
He affirmed that the State Government had given the LAGESC officials the mandate to effectively clamp down on all violators of the Environmental Laws.
The Commissioner maintained that government had committed resources on environmental regeneration to improve the aesthetics of the State, emphasising that street traders or hawkers found vandalising and defacing the Environment will be prosecuted.
He urged all officers of Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) as well as officers in the environment sector to adhere strictly to the code of conduct of the public service and called on Lagosians to be wary of overzealous officers or those with dubious intentions.