Indiscriminate Garbage Dumping: LAWMA Stops Cart Pushers
The Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) Thursday, said he arrested 17 suspects for indiscriminate dumping of garbage and other environmental offenses.
According to Hakeem Akinleye, a spokesperson for the agency, the violators were arrested by the LAWMA law enforcement team at various locations around the state such as Oyingbo, Ayobo, Abule Egba, Agege Isokoko, Ikeja and Ekoro Agbeleka, while they were committing the various offenses.
He said most of the suspects were arrested indiscriminately littering in unapproved places, while one was arrested for open defecation.
The trolleys used for dumping garbage were also impounded by the agency.
Mr Akinleye said the suspects were brought to justice in Lagos Magistrates’ Court in Oshodi, Isolo local government, and were convicted of various offenses.
The official said the magistrate sentenced 16 of the 17 environmental violators to one week’s imprisonment or a fine of 5,000 naira for illegal dumping of waste and environmental degradation.
“One of the offenders was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment or a fine of 100,000 naira for open defecation.”
The agency said it was ready to eradicate all forms of indiscriminate dumping of rubbish in the metropolis, urging residents to soak up the principles of a cleaner environment and proper waste disposal, as there would be no hiding place for defaulters.
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Mr. Akinyele said LAWMA will begin a special clean-up exercise in its four operational districts, over the next month, to clean up pockets of illegal dumps.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported on one such landfill in the community of Gengere, in the 12 Mile area of the state, where cart pushers are dumping waste indiscriminately.
Reacting to the report, LAWMA chief executive Ibrahim Odumboni said the agency would continue to arrest and prosecute as many cart pushers as possible and also clean pockets of illegal landfills.
The proposed “special clean-up exercise” would start with the West District of Lagos, followed by the East, Central and Lekki Free Trade Zones (LFTZ) respectively, where two black spots will be identified in each district and cleaned up diligently, a explained Mr. Akinleye.
Additionally, in commemoration of World Cleanup Day on September 18, the agency urged Lagosians to come out en masse to clean up the state.
“Our PSP operators, men and women of the market; environmental sanitation agents; civil societies; traders; Development zones of local governments and local councils; CDA and CDC; Members of FIBRA; recyclers; Non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and all lovers of the environment are all invited to rise up and clean up the whole state as a collective responsibility, in order to have a cleaner environment and a city of our dreams ”, a declared the agency.
Mr Odumboni said LAWMA will continue its efforts to rid the state of all forms of indiscriminate dumping of trash and prosecute offenders as well.
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