Desist from throwing refuse indiscriminately - Lagos govt warns residents

Desist from throwing refuse indiscriminately - Lagos govt warns residents

- Lagos residents have been warned by the state governmet, to desist from throwing refuse indiscriminately

- The commissioner for environment said operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps had arrested 2,097 environmental offenders

- He added that the state government had deployed 13,958 community sanitation workers to sweep inner streets in the 377 political wards; and that more are being recruited

The Lagos state government has warned residents to desist from dumping refuse indiscriminately; as it disclosed that environmental enforcement laws have been strengthened to deal with offenders, Vanguard reports.

The warning was given by the commissioner for the environment, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, during his ministry’s ministerial briefing to mark Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s third year in office.

NAIJ.com gathers that the commissioner said 2,097 environmental offenders, comprising illegal street traders, hawkers, highway pedestrian defaulters, environmental nuisance polluters and cart-pushers had been arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC).

He also pointed out that monitoring, enforcement and compliance activities of the ministry and its agencies had improved in terms of environmental sustainability.

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In his words: “We have continued to monitor industrial facilities based on indicators such as Chemical Storage Permit, Environmental Audit Report, Petroleum Storage, Solid Waste Management and use of Personal Protective Equipment etc.

“Sixty-three per cent of the eighty-one (81) industrial facilities monitored in the last one year were satisfactory while thirty-eight per cent were unsatisfactory, thereby leading to the issuance of non-compliance notices to two hundred and nine (209) facilities due to their recurring environmental issues.”

He continued: “We know that our population is increasing as available statistics indicate that 85 people enter Lagos every hour and very few of them go back. And as more people come in, the waste generated in the state is also increasing; but we are working to put the right infrastructure and equipment in place to address waste management.

“However, one thing I can assure the people is that we are working; and in another one month before the rainy season, it will be over. We know that the rainy season is fast approaching, and we are also preparing, but I like to assure that soon, the challenges will be surmounted.”

The commissioner said the state government had deployed 13,958 community sanitation workers to sweep inner streets in the 377 political wards; and that more are being recruited.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Lagos government assured residents of the state that with the renewed collaboration between its officials, the waste collection operators and Visionscape, the heaps of refuse that have dotted many streets would disappear.

The government gave the assurance in a statement signed by Adebola Shabi, the special adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).

The statement quoted Shabi as saying that the concerted efforts of stakeholders would lead to an imminent total evacuation of waste from the streets.

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Source: Naija.ng

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