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LAWMA Commences Tin Can, Apapa, Clean-up Exercise, Vows To Arrest, Presecute Waste Offenders

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The Operations Unit of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, (LAWMA), Lagos Central District, has commenced an extensive clean-up exercise of the illegal dumpsite located at First Gate Bus stop, Tin Can Island Port, on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.

The clean-up exercise which commenced in the early hours of Thursday, became necessary as part of the efforts by LAWMA to restore sanity to the environment.

The dumpsite, which has become an eye sore to pedestrians had defiled efforts by the management of LAWMA to discourage the ugly attitude of residents and business owners alike from indiscriminately dumping of their refuse.

Investigation revealed that this is not the first time the agency has cleaned up the area.

However, after every cleanup exercise, residents do not hesitate to return the place to its sorry state, a situation the management of LAWMA says it is working hard to put a final stop to.

Speaking on the situation, Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni said the agency is not relenting, and will continue to ensure that all nooks and crannies of the state is habitable and safe for all Lagosians.

However, he frowned at the attitudes of some in the area who have vehemently refused to do the right thing by patronizing PSPs for their waste disposal, but have instead resorted to dumping their refuse indiscriminately on roadsides and in the drainages.

The illegal dumpsite at Tin Can, he noted, came as a result of the actions of not only the market sellers, residents  but the collective attitudes of everyone who have refused to do the right thing.

“I am not happy with the situation on ground. And this is largely caused by the attitude of the people to solid waste disposal. LAWMA will no longer tolerate this type of behaviours.

“Our advocacy unit is always on ground to educate and enlighten the people. We have our enforcement unit also on ground. In 2021, over 300 people were prosecuted and jailed for indiscriminate dumping of refuse. We will continue to push until the change we all desire is achieved.

“Again, We would not hesitate to shut down any market within the metropolis that fails to comply with the Lagos State environmental laws.

“All hands are on deck to ensure that this Tin Can, Apapa is restored back to normal and afterwards we would ensure that this area is policed in order to discourage residents from creating another mess,” he said.

Furthermore, the LAWMA boss warned that anyone found dumping waste indiscriminately will be made to face the full arm of the law, an offence punishable by prison term and/or a fine.

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