- The Lagos state government has issued a warning to residents over dumping of refuse
- Babatunde Adejare, the commissioner for environment, stated this on Friday during a TV programme
- The commissioner assured residents that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would deliver on all his promises
For Lagos residents who dump their refuse indiscriminately on the streets and dredgers sand-filling wetlands, the time of reckoning has come.
According to Babatunde Adejare, the commissioner for environment, while speaking on Friday, August 4, during a programme on Channels Television said they would be severely punished.
Mr Adejare, the PSP (private sector participants) could no longer cope with the quantum of waste being generated in the state estimated at 13,000 metric tons per day.
Adejare said the presence of heaps of refuse in most areas of the state was been aggravated by acts of saboteurs and dredgers.
According to Punch, Mr Adejare said: “Under the CLI, waste would first be collected from all the 377 wards in the state before being transported to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) where they would be sorted out into nylons, papers, bottles and organic wastes for recycling.
“About 27,500 workers would be employed and they would earn slightly more than the minimum wage, enjoy medical and life insurance as well as injury cover. They will not spend money on transportation as they would be recruited from their neighbourhood.”
In conclusion the Commissioner also assured residents and indigenes of the state that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would deliver on all his promises, adding that Lagos State would be the first state in the country to surmount the problem of waste disposal.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that two tribunals have been set up by Lagos state to entertain petitions from the recently conducted Lagos State local government elections.
The tribunals will commence sitting on Monday, August 7, 2017, with the first one being headed by retired Justice A. Olateru-Olagbegi sitting in Court 1, at the Lagos Island Division of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere.
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