By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, have called on the Executive Governor of the state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to prosecute the perpetrators of indiscriminate refuse dumping across the state by directing the Ministry of Environment to enforce the state’s environmental law to ensure offenders are punished.
The call was made upon the motion tittled ‘Call For The Prosecution of Perpetrators of Indiscriminate Refuse Dumping Across the State’ moved by the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, during the plenary session on Monday.
Agunbiade, in the motion, argued that it was noticed that indiscriminate refuse dumping by the residents have made the state government to continue to spend more money on refuse evacuation.
The Majority Leader added that the act by the residents had become worrisome despite various efforts and public enlightment by the state government, stressing that strict measures must be taken to tamper the offenders.
While pointing out the relevant laws of the state which prohibit dumping of refuse in unauthorized places, Agunbiade stated that if the offenders were arrested and prosecuted, it would serve as deterrent to others.
He pointed out the importance of the motion, stating that it was to give teeth to the law and sanction offenders with community sentencing.
” To make effective the principles of community sentencing and to ensure that perpetrators are shamed and embarrassed by the law”, said Agunbiade
He added that the offenders should be made to serve their community sentencing within the areas they committed the offence.
While commenting, Hon. Bisi Yusufff ( Alimosho 1), suggested that the offenders should be shamefully punished by sewing uniform for the offenders to wear while serving their punishment.
” This is the right time to enforce the environmental sanitation laws that prohibit indiscriminate refuse dumping. I was a witness to such act in my area and I was baffled. To me, I believe there is need for the offenders to be shamed by making them to put on uniform when serving their punishment. Government should sew convict uniform for them like those serving jail term in correctional centres”, said Yusuff
In his contribution, Hon. Abiodun Tobun ( Epe 1), called for attitudinal change among the people , saying that the relevant sections of the law should be strictly enforced to stop indiscriminate refuse dumping in the state.
The lawmaker representing Alimosho 2 , Hon. Kehinde Joseph, in his comment, called for the strengthening of environmental sanitation agencies that are responsible for the enforcement of the law.
” For example, the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) should be strengthened to enforce the environmental law because we have good laws in this state to address the challenges”, said Joseph
Hon. Gbolahon Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2), argued that the offenders should be made to serve their punishment within the area they committed the offence.
However, after the contributions by members of the House, the Speaker, Rt ( Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, to write the governor on the resolution of the House.