In the wake of the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, has taken measures to contain the spread of the virus as it has announced the suspension of scavenging activities in all its dumpsites.
This was communicated in a statement by the agency made available to WESTERN POST.
According to the statement signed by the Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, this move is in furtherance of the preventive measures already outlined by the Authorities to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“This decision was borne out of the urgent need to protect the health and safety of Lagosians considering that personal hygiene is the most important preventive mechanism for the spread of the COVID-19 virus and this clearly cannot be guaranteed on a dumpsite.”
“Henceforth, no persons will be allowed on any of our site/s to carry out any form of scavenging activity and any violators will be prosecuted.”
The LAWMA boss said while it has become imperative to shut all dumpsites, the agency is aware of the already volatile economic environment and as part of it’s commitment to safeguard the welfare of the people, it has begun the process of fully incorporating scavengers into the community recycling centers being set up by the state government.
He said this initiative will help to cushion the impact on their livelihoods.
Dr Gbadegesin urged all Lagosians to adhere strictly to the directives of the State Government’s latest guidance banning large gatherings of more than twenty people.
He said it is only in working together that we can rid ourselves of the common enemy: COVID-19
“LAWMA wishes to assure the public that we will continue to closely monitor events and make appropriate and lifesaving adjustment/s in line with global, federal and state government guidelines,” Dr. Gbadegesin said.