The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor 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 prevent hazards to the people and the environment.
As disclosed on the official website of The Lagos State Government, Oyerinde announced this today in Lagos while speaking on the Office’s preparation for the yuletide season, urging parents and guardians to warn their wards against the use of fireworks.
He said that the law banning its use is still in force and security agencies in Lagos State will arrest those selling and using the device in the markets.
The Special Adviser revealed that CBD enforcement officers and other security agencies have been mandated to ensure that fireworks should not be used by anyone, especially within the markets and residential areas.
“Fireworks have a similar sound as some guns used by criminals, as such people cannot differentiate them. Also, there is a need to protect markets against fire outbreaks.
“Therefore, it is important to clamp down on the sale and usage to help secure people and valuable property, as the Christmas and New Year celebrations approach”, he said.
However, Oyerinde urged all stakeholders within the business districts to be vigilant, especially when in large gatherings such as in markets, religious programmes and carnivals, assuring that the State, especially the CBDs, remain safe and secure for people to live and do business.
He also appealed to Community Development Associations, leaders of religious organisations, members of organised trade unions and associations to work with the State government as well as security agencies to report suspicious activities that may compromise the security of lives and property.