The Lagos Waste Management Authority has launched an operation to dislodge scavengers and miscreants from illegal dumpsites across neighbourhoods in the state.
The enforcement unit of the authority arrested no fewer than 30 individuals engaging in indiscriminate waste disposal at various locations in Ipaja, Ikate-Surulere and Ikeja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the agency disclosed these in a statement by its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Ibrahim Odumboni, on Thursday in Lagos.
According to Odumboni, the authority, in the past few days, had been patrolling neighbourhoods notorious for indiscriminate refuse dumping and the presence of scavengers who searched through waste piles.
He said, “Activities of scavengers and miscreants not only deface our cities but also pose serious health hazards to residents.
“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.
“To achieve a cleaner and healthier city, residents must play their part in waste management.
“LAWMA, through Private Sector Participant operators, is working relentlessly to ensure efficient waste collection services, and we urge residents to take advantage of these services.
“By properly sorting and disposing of waste, we can establish a better quality of life for everyone.”
Odumboni added that LAWMA had embarked on awareness campaigns alongside the enforcement operations to educate residents on the importance of proper waste management.
He said the advocacy drive included community engagements, door-to-door visits and distribution of educational materials for enlightenment on waste segregation and responsible disposal.
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