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LAWMA Warns Against Harassment/Attack Of Its Personnel

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LAWMA Warns Against Harassment/Attack Of Its Personnel

The attention of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has been drawn to an attack on one of its highway workers (sweeper), who was seriously injured with a hammer and left with a broken skull, at Isolo Road, Isolo by some unscrupulous elements, bent on disrupting the Authority’s ongoing efforts to establish a cleaner and healthier environment in the state.

The victim has since been rushed to the hospital for intensive medical care.

Speaking on the incident, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, condemned the act and warned that the attack would not be condoned by the state government.

Odumboni said: “One of our highway workers (sweeper) carrying out his lawful duty at Isolo, was attacked with a hammer by a miscreant by name Alao Idris resulting to a broken skull, which required immediate medical attention to salvage the situation”.

“This sort of unprovoked attack will not deter us from rendering our services. However, we are sounding a note of warning to miscreants determined to undermine our efforts, that the state government will not tolerate these dastard acts, as perpetrators will be brought to book”, he said.

The incident happened in the early hours of today when the personnel was going about his lawful duty of sweeping the street.

Alao Idris has since been arrested and handed over to the police for interrogation and prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others with similar intentions.

LAWMA, hereby reiterates its appeal to the public, to treat the highway workers with humanness and refrain from attacking them under whatever guise, as anyone caught doing so will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Odumboni appealed to residents to support and ensure that essential service providers like LAWMA were allowed to discharge their responsibilities in the state, without any fear of harassment, molestation, and attack, adding that establishing cleanliness in the state was a collective responsibility, requiring all hands to be on deck.

He also admonished the populace to shun all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal, which had attendant negative environmental consequences, such as the blockage of drainage channels, especially as the rainy season drew near.

For contacts with LAWMA, the Public is enjoined to call the following LAWMA’S tool-free line: 07080601020 and 617.

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LAWMA Destroys Over 400 Carts

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…says cart pushers constitute a security challenge

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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has destroyed more than 400 carts, confiscated from pushers, who serially dump waste at unauthorized locations across the city, in clear violation of environmental laws of the state.

Commenting on the exercise which took place at LAWMA’s Ogudu facility, the Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated that the exercise which would be a continuous one became necessary to weaken the ability of the cart pushers to return to business and to decimate the cart population defacing the cityscape, stressing that the activities of cart pushers across the Lagos metropolis remained banned.

He observed that cart pushers posed a threat not only to environmental sustainability but to the security of residents, as many cart pushers harbor dangerous weapons like knives, machetes, and others, to perpetrate criminal activities.

According to him, “Cart pushers are about the biggest threat to our effort at attaining environmental sustainability. We will not allow anyone or a group of persons to derail the ongoing efforts to make the environment better. Criminal elements have hidden under this guise to carry out heinous crimes. If there are no carts to push, they will get other jobs.

“They pose as much threat to the environment as to the security of the citizens. It will shock you to know that many of them keep weapons like knives, machetes, etc, in their carts to attack and dispossess unsuspecting persons when the opportunity presents itself. One of such cart pushers was tried and jailed last week, having been apprehended at Victoria Island, vandalizing and stealing the government’s iron rods. There have been many reported cases of theft of movable items from people’s compounds traced to them”.

The LAWMA boss disclosed that opportunity was open for repentant cart-pushers, to step forward, get registered with LAWMA, be given proper orientation, and be trained as pickers and off-takers of recyclables, working hand in hand with other stakeholders in the waste management chain.

Odumboni maintained that the government was not interested in taking away their means of livelihood, which however has to be within the confines of the law.

The LAWMA boss reaffirmed the agency’s total commitment to making the State’s city space an environment-friendly one, urging residents to join the Authority’s quest for a cleaner Lagos by shunning improper waste disposal, paying their waste bills, and patronizing assigned PSP operators.

Also commenting, the president of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, AWAMN, Mr. David Oriyomi, lauded the government’s constant support for the association, promising a new era of fruitful collaboration with LAWMA.

Present were LAWMA’s Executive Director of Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi; Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Olohunwa Tijani; Head, Enforcement Unit, Mr. Idowu Sanni; and other stakeholders.

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Court Jails Environmental Offender

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Court Jails Environmental Offender

…LAWMA makes it clear that cart pushing remains outlawed in the state

By Moninuola Sulaiman

A Lagos mobile court at Bolade Oshodi, headed by magistrate T. O. Fashina, has jailed for three months (3-months) a 32-year-old environmental offender, Abubakar Sanni, who posed under the guise of cart pushing, to vandalize and steal iron rods at Karim Kotun area of Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, made this known on Saturday, following the apprehension and prosecution of the cart pusher.

He said, “The Authority wants to make it clear that cart pushing remains outlawed in the state. The menace of cart pushers has led to the rise of indiscriminate waste disposal, coupled with the fact that criminal elements now hide under it to perpetuate their crimes”.

Odumboni noted that the Authority, since the inception of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, had introduced various programs and initiatives aimed at making Lagos cleaner and livable for all, as well as empowering PSP operators, to effectively discharge their statutory duties.

“Since the present administration assumed office, we have taken definite steps towards addressing waste management challenges in the state. One of such was, absorbing many of the outlawed cart pushers into the business of recycling, so as to preserve their livelihood. However, this magnanimous gesture of government shouldn’t be taken for granted,” he stated.

Court Jails Environmental Offender
Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni.

The LAWMA boss reminded the general public of the current offensive on all forms of environmental infractions, adding that the agency would not fold its hands and watch some people destroy efforts targeted at making the environment in the state a sustainably cleaner one, adding that anyone caught contravening the Environmental Laws would face the full wrath of the law.

“Our enforcement team has been repositioned to monitor the environment across the metropolis and ensure that environmental defaulters are arrested and prosecuted. Currently, some offenders have been arrested and prosecuted for various infractions. This will serve as a deterrent to those bent on eroding the recent gains made on the environment,” he said.

Odumboni renewed his plea for environmental friendliness, urging residents to embrace the culture of bagging and containerizing their waste, and patronizing assigned PSP operators instead of cart pushers, who engage in indiscriminate dumping of refuse at road medians, canals, and other unauthorized locations.

Residents were also admonished to call LAWMA toll-free lines 07080601020 and 617, for all complaints and inquiries on waste management-related matters in their area.

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LAWMA Renews Offensive Against Infractions

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LAWMA Renews Offensive Against Infractions

…Arrest 65 environmental offenders

…”LAWMA is not a toothless bulldog, Says Odumboni

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has renewed its offensive against environmental abuses, resulting in the arrest of no less than 65 persons, at various locations around the state.

The Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, disclosed this during a chat in his office at Ijora, adding that the renewed offensive would spare no offender, as tough times await environmental offenders for willfully abusing the environment.

In a statement released by Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.) Director, Public Affairs, LAWMA, Odumboni noted that for too long LAWMA had pleaded with the public to shun deliberate acts that deface the cityscape but with very poor cooperation from a clear majority.

According to him: “LAWMA is not a toothless bulldog. For too long we have pleaded, that now is time to act. The new offensive is on autopilot and would spare no violator. People must be made to pay for deliberately sabotaging their habitat. Many people have been picked up at different locations caught in the act, and will be prosecuted as a deterrent to other adamant persons”.

“Indiscriminate waste disposal has serious consequences on the environment, such as blockage of drainage channels, canals, defacing of environment, and spreading of infectious diseases, among other”, he concluded.

LAWMA Renews Offensive Against Infractions

LAWMA Boss, Ibrahim Odumboni reiterated the Authority’s total commitment to the cleanliness of every nook and cranny of the state, urging residents to imbibe the culture of effective waste management.

Odumboni further disclosed, that his agency was working with the Neighborhood Watch and the Motor Vehicle Administration Agency, MVAA, for effective human and camera surveillance, to track and apprehend persons and motorists, engaging in waste migration around the city.

He renewed his appeal for standard and civilized environmental habits, for the common good of everyone.

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