Residents and business owners at Ajiran community in Eti-Osa Local Government Area have been charged to pay more attention to their environment and guard against indiscriminate dumping of refuge.
The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, made the call when he met with the monarch of Ajiran community, representatives of CDAs/CDCs, council chairman, landlords, market leaders, health officers, street captains and other stakeholders at the local government secretariat on Wednesday.
The meeting which is part of the ongoing special clean-up and advocacy exercise embarked by the management of LAWMA, is organised to address backlog of wastes and touch on black spots within the state.
Mr. Odumboni said the consistent cleanliness of the state and proper waste disposal practice is the collective responsibility of all Lagosians.
He noted that as such, everyone must be committed by taking responsibility of their wastes, by patronizing the assigned PSP operator, and to pay their waste bills promptly.
The LAWMA MD expressed his dissatisfaction with the attitudes of some residents and shop owners in the area to waste disposal practices which has led to the bad state of the environment in the local government.
“I am not satisfied with the state of the environment in this community. It is your duty to ensure that your environment is clean. LAWMA is here to work with you and support you but you have to do your part.
“So you all have to come together and mobilise yourselves, mobilise your youths to police black spots and ensure you patronise PSPs assigned to you and pay your waste bills promptly,” he said.
According to the Lagos State environmental laws, the indiscriminate dumping of refuge and refusal to pay waste bills are punishable offences, Mr. Odumboni emphasised.
He said that the Lagos State government will no longer tolerate any act that goes against the state’s laws, warning that further environmental infractions in the communities would receive the full weight of law.
Shortly after the interactive session, the LAWMA boss led the clean-up and advocacy exercise around the communities.
While engaging residents and shop owners in a one-on-one discussion, he appealed to them to support the Authority towards achieving a clean and sustainable environment.
Also, the enforcement unit of LAWMA were on ground to seal up some shops in the neighbourhood for reckless waste disposal and as a deterrent to would-be defaulters.
The special clean-up and advocacy exercise commenced three weeks ago and is expected to continue for the next four weeks.