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LAWMA declares zero tolerance for filthy environment

Highway sweepers in action, during the inspection of LAWMA operations, led by the MD/CEO., Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, at Wharf Road, Apapa, on Monday, 12th August, 2019.

Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has expressed its resolve
against indiscriminate dumping of waste across its three operational districts.

Managing Director/ CEO of LAWMA, Dr. Olumuyiwa Gbadegesin,  made the declaration in Apapa, during his
inspection of LAWMA operations in the area, stressing that the agency would pay
special attention to black spots including Mile 2, LASU Gate, Okokomaiko and
Badagry among others.

Muyiwa Gbadegesin, MD/CEO. Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) (2nd
right); Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Executive Director (r); Mr. Kemi Sulaimon,
coordinator, LAWMA central district operations (2nd left); and Mrs. Folashade
Kadiri, Asst. Dir. Public Affairs (L), during the inspection of LAWMA
operations at Marine/Apapa bridge, Ijora, on Monday, 12th August, 2019. 

statement by the Assistant Director of Public Affairs at LAWMA, Mrs. Folashade
Kadiri, quoted the LAWMA Boss as saying: “We’re here to monitor the on-going
clean-up exercise, which is in furtherance of the executive order on
Environmental Sanitation by His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”

Highway sweepers in action, during the inspection of LAWMA operations, led by the MD/CEO., Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, at Marine/Apapa bridge, Ijora,  on Monday, 12th August, 2019.

He noted that the Authority had stepped up its operation despite the
accessibility challenge by evacuation trucks, adding that sweepers had been
deployed in their numbers for thorough cleanup of the environs. 
The exercise
according to him also extends to LASU gate, Okoko, Badagry
  up to Seme.
“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,” Gbadegesin said.
implored residents of Lagos to support government in maintaining a cleaner and
sanitary environment and to shun all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal,
which was 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 of 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.

on enforcement against indiscriminate dumping of refuse, Gbadegesin said that
there would be zero tolerance against such acts and defaulters would be
apprehended and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.

In the
same vein, the LAWMA CEO revealed that the Authority had started bulk waste
evacuation from major locations, motorised collection of waste from kerbside;
placement and regular collection of waste from appropriate receptacles and
waste prevention activities which involves closure of illegal waste locations
otherwise known as black spots, through waste policing from Orile all the way
down to Badagry expressway, to phase out the environmental challenges being
experienced in the areas in recent times.
added 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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