A displeased Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has ordered officers of the Kick Against Indiscipline, KAI, to henceforth arrest people urinating and defecating in public places across the state. Fashola, who was on his way to the free health mission at Oke-Ira, Ogba area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria, Thursday, said he saw five people urinating in public places and was disgusted by such a despicable act.
“This is a violation of our sanitation law and I will ask KAI to move out en-masse and prosecute those who violate our laws,” he lamented.
The governor urged residents to shun the practice and adopt healthy lifestyle, saying that environmental pollution contributes to the cases of ill-health that affects community dwellers. The biggest doctor you can have is prevention. If we all can imbibe better habits, it will reduce the incidence of ill-health. Citizens must be ready to take responsibility for their own healthcare to live a healthy life, if we chose to be cleaner than we are now, we would have a healthy environment than we have right now,” he said.
Fashola charged traditional rulers, Community Development Associations and community leaders to move to stop the habit which he described as unhealthy and not speaking well of the residents of Lagos as a people, saying officers of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) would enforce the law in this respect.
He tasked the people of Oke Ira to lead from the front by being the first community to stop urinating in public, adding that when people engage in such dirty habits, the environment becomes unclean and it is easy to contract diseases.