Lagos shuts Marina mosque over pollution


Lagos State government, yesterday, declared zero tolerance for environmental nuisance in the state, even as it shut Marina Workers Mosque, Lagos Island over poor sewage management.

While monitoring the October edition of the monthly sanitation exercise in Mainland and Lagos Island Local Governments, Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Samuel Adejare, added that any filthy market and motor park in the state would be shut indefinitely.

He noted that the declaration of zero tolerance for environmental nuisance in Lagos metropolis was to save the state from disaster resulting from unkempt environment.

His words “That is why we ordered the closure of the mosque for discharging effluent in the drainage. Marina is our pride, asset and our heritage. We cannot allow anyone to mess it up. This mosque is a temporary building for worship, but we cannot tolerate improper waste disposal.

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“There is no emotional feeling attached to it. We cannot allow that in central Lagos. You can all see how they discharged their sewage on the road. Even God will not accept that and I will not allow that.”

The commissioner declared that the religious house violated the state environmental law, noting that any outfit that violates the environmental law would not be spared.

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