From: Kazeem Biriowo, Abuja
IN order for secondary school students across the state to take part in the ongoing National Examination Council (NECO) examinations, the Ogun State Government on Friday announced cancelling of the monthly sanitation exercise and lifted the restriction of movement for November in the state.
Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, in a statement, explained that the decision became imperative for the purpose of the examination.
For years, the Ogun State government had observed the monthly sanitation as part of deliberate moves to ensure good environmental hygiene in the state.
Somorin stressed that the decision was arrived at after reviewing the challenges that the restriction of movement would have on the examination scheduled for Saturday.
According to him, this coincides with the timing of the monthly sanitation exercise.
“It has become expedient that the interest of the students be considered.
“Mathematics is a general subject and we need to facilitate hitch-free preparation and movement of students, teachers, as well as NECO officials and examiners to various centres where the exams would hold within and outside the state,” the statement said.
The government, however, implored all citizens to ensure that the cleaning exercise was observed at their various houses, irrespective of the non-restriction of movement during the period.
It stressed that it was imperative that all drainage channels be kept free of silts and refuse to avoid flooding of homes that could lead to the loss of lives and properties.
The statement added, “Cleaning should not be a one-month affair. We need to take care of our personal hygiene and clean our environment regularly and on a daily basis to avoid the outbreak of cholera and other preventable and communicable diseases that could lead to epidemics.”
The government disclosed that officials of the Ministry of Environment and the Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) have been mandated to go round and collect refuse generated during the period of the exercise.
It said environmental health officers have also been directed to ensure compliance with public health regulations and bring offenders to book.