The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has barred scavengers from landfills across the state.
The agency said it was a precautionary measure against further spread of coronavirus and other dangerous diseases.
LAWMA said its enforcement unit visited dumps and chased away the scavengers who were there to search for valuable items.
The Chief Operating Officer of LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, said the action was necessitated by the need to comply with the governor’s directive that all necessary steps should be taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other dangerous diseases in the state.
He noted that the prevailing situation required that no opportunity should be created for the virus to spread further through any outlet.
Odumboni said, “This action is a precautionary measure to prevent any possible hazard. We know that there are a couple of scavengers on the landfills and the nature of their work pre-disposes them to danger.
“We do not want a situation where a problem breaks out and begins to go round the city. It is a proactive step to prevent any untoward development.
He noted that LAWMA would continue to work round the clock to ensure clean homes and environment, which were highly essential to curb the further spread of COVID-19 and other dangerous diseases.
According to him, the PSP operators will be operating throughout the sit-at-home period, to ensure that waste is promptly evacuated and properly disposed of.
Odumboni urged Lagos residents to properly sort their waste into bags and containers for easy evacuation and disposal by assigned PSP operators.