LAWMA promises zero tolerance against arbitrary waste disposal

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From: Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

THE Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has assured residents of Lagos of a filth-free environment across its three operational districts.

The Managing Director, LAWMA, Dr. Gbadegesin said that there would be zero tolerance against indiscriminate dumping of refuse and defaulters would be apprehended and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.

He made the declaration in Apapa area of Lagos during his inspection of LAWMA operations.

“We’re here to monitor the on-going clean-up exercise, which is in furtherance of the Executive Order on Environmental Sanitation by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. As you are aware, Apapa has accessibility challenge but we are determined to confront the challenge and get the job done and that is why we are here.

“Our sweepers are here in their numbers sweeping the highway and clearing the silt. This exercise extends to other areas like Okoko, LASU Gate, Badagry up to Seme,” he said.

The LAWMA boss explained that the Authority had stepped up its operation despite the accessibility challenge faced by evacuation trucks, adding that sweepers had been deployed in their numbers for a thorough cleanup of the axis which extends to LASU gate, Okoko, Badagry and Seme.

He implored residents of Lagos to support government in maintaining a cleaner environment and to shun all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal capable of exposing the populace to environmental health dangers.

“We are calling out to people statewide that we should stop indiscriminate dumping of waste. During this Sallah celebration we distributed free trash bags and we are pleading with residents to use those trash bags to dispose their wastes and to also make sure that you have a covered waste bin at home. We don’t want people dumping wastes by the roadside because this puts us at risk of epidemics,” he added.

Dr. Gbadegesin said that the agency would stop at nothing to create a healthy atmosphere, as adequate attention would be made to capture some illegal waste locations, including Mile 2, LASU Gate, Okokomaiko and Badagry areas among others in the State.

The LAWMA CEO stressed that the Authority had started bulk waste evacuation from major locations, motorised collection of waste from kerb side; placement and regular collection of waste from appropriate receptacles and waste prevention activities which involve closure of illegal waste locations otherwise known as black spots.

Dr. Gbadegesin maintained that PSP operations were being repositioned to meet the household waste management needs of residents, while Community Development Associations (CDAs) and other stakeholders are currently engaged in LAWMA’s massive public enlightenment campaign to ensure that cleanliness is restored to all parts of the State.

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