The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Central Business Districts, Olugbenga Oyerinde, has advised against the use of all forms of fireworks and firecrackers within business districts in the state.
This was announced on Tuesday in a statement titled, ‘Lagos Warns Against Sales, Use of Fireworks’.
Oyerinde stated that as Yuletide is approaching, Lagosians should note that fire crackers can introduce potential hazards to the people and the environment.
“Some fireworks have the same sound as some of the guns criminals use and people cannot differentiate them. Also, there is a need to protect markets against fire outbreaks,” the statement quoted Oyerinde as saying.
He continued, “Therefore, it is important to clamp down on the distribution and usage to help secure people and valuable property as the Christmas and New Year celebrations approach.”
He stated that CBD enforcement officers and other security agencies have been mandated to ensure that fireworks are not used, especially within the business districts, markets and residential areas due to the onset of harmattan season.
Oyerinde recalled the fire outbreak caused by the storage of fireworks in Lagos Island, which led to the loss of lives and property worth millions of Naira, adding that the danger associated with the use of fireworks could pose as a great danger to society because of its capacity to cause a fire outbreak.
“It is not enough to have safety regulations, they must be enforced and complied with to prevent avoidable loss of lives, property and injuries.
“As a government which cares about the safety of lives and property, nothing short of strict adherence to safety rules will be acceptable, relevant provisions of the law will be applied against erring individuals and organisations”, he said.