The Lagos State Government Monday asked residents living close to the dump at the Olusosun area, Ojota, to relocate in order to prevent health hazards.
Hakeem Dickson, Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, gave the notice of relocation to the residents during a press conference on ‘Vision Zero’ in Ikeja.
The dump was last week Wednesday razed by an inferno which was said to have been caused by ‘a combustion released by natural gas occasionally emitted from waste dumpsites.’ Thick black smoke still billows from the scene of incident.
“The smoke has continued to billow and the advice became necessary to prevent health hazards,” Dickson said.
The safety commission boss also said the state government was working towards ensuring zero accident in the next three years.
He said the Vision Zero campaign tagged “A Mindset Change Towards Zero Harm” was inaugurated to achieve the aim and ensure that corporate bodies as well as individuals were safety conscious.
He added that the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, would sign a safety policy document on safety at workplaces in April at a three-day conference being planned by the commission.
“Lagos Vision Zero is a transformational approach that interprets the tripod stand of safety, health, and wellbeing at all levels at work. It was borne out of the need to reduce hazards in workplaces and ensure zero accident and zero death,” Dickson said.