By Our Correspondent
The enforcement unit of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has dislodged scavengers and miscreants from illegal dumpsites across the city.
The Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, said in a statement that the agency carried out the dislodgement to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment.
In the process of dislodging the miscriants, Odumboni said the agency arrested 30 individuals who dispose wastes indiscriminately.
He said LAWMA team also dismantled shanties in Ipaja, Ikate-Surulere and Ikeja.
The NewsZenith reports that LAWMA recently embarked on the exercise by routinely patrolling neighbourhoods across the state.
This is to get rid of notorious scavengers for allegedly dumping refuse indiscriminately.
Odumboni said the presence of scavengers, rummaging through waste piles, resulting to littering and unsightly landscapes and public spaces.
He expressed concern over residents’ increasing disregard for proper waste management practices.
The LAWMA boss stressed the importance of prompt payment for waste services and the negative consequences of indiscriminate disposal.
“The activities of scavengers and miscreants not only deface our cities but also pose serious health hazards to residents.
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`It is disheartening to see some individuals engaging in indiscriminate disposal because they do not want to pay for waste services.
“This behaviour undermines the efforts of LAWMA and hampers our progress towards maintaining a clean and healthy environment,” Odumbomi said.
He stressed the need for residents to take responsibility for their waste and participate actively in proper waste management practices.
The LAWMA boss urged residents to utilise services of PSP operators, to ensure scheduled collection of waste.
He also asked them to take advantage of various waste recycling initiatives introduced by the authority.
“To achieve a cleaner and healthier city, it is crucial for residents to play their part in waste management.
“LAWMA, through PSP operators, is working to ensure efficient waste collection services.
“We urge residents to take advantage of these services by properly sorting and disposing their waste properly.”
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