- The Lagos state government has banned cart pushers and wheel barrow operators from the streets of the state
- The state government said the activities of the cart pushers will pose a threat to the success of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI)
- It also warned residents to stop patronizing cart pushers and wheel barrow operators
The Lagos state government on Saturday, January 13, announced a total ban on the operations of cart pushers and wheel barrow operators in the state, saying that their activities were against the environmental cleanliness in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Tunji Bello, and made available on the official Facebook page of the state government.
The statement read in part: “The state government has declared zero tolerance for the activities of cart pushers and wheel barrow operators. Security agencies in the State have been directed to ensure that those found still operating are arrested and prosecuted according to the State Environmental Laws.”
NAIJ.com gathered that the state government said that the continuous activities of cart pushers will pose a threat to the success of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), an environmental initiative recently launched in the state.
Bello said that investigations had also revealed that the cart pushers are responsible for most of the illegal dumping of waste in canals and road medians at night which causes flooding.
He added that aside constituting environmental nuisance, they were also traces of security threats linked with the cart pushers.
He said: “What the state government has discovered is that these set of people use the night to perpetrate all sorts of dastardly acts. They dump refuse indiscriminately on the median of major roads and highways. They also pose serious security threats because they use those carts to hide arms and ammunitions and hide under the guise of carrying refuse to rob unsuspecting residents.”
Bello also said that the state government has finalised plans to ensure that the CLI would cover every part of the state and ensure that refuse are well packed and collected.
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He urged residents to desist from patronising them or risk prosecution.
“The law also applies to residents who patronise cart pushers. It is an offence and the state government would not hesitate to enforce the law to put a stop to such practice,” Bello said.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the Lagos state Special Taskforce committee started the removal of gates of estates and streets that have failed to comply with the state’s street-gate policy.
The Lagos state street-gate policy directs that all roads must be accessible between 5am and midnight within the metropolis and suburban areas of the state daily.
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