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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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We Are Committed To A Clean Environment – LAWMA Boss

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We Are Committed To A Clean Environment - LAWMA Boss

…Appeals for waste containerisation

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has reassured residents of a firm commitment to a clean environment despite the challenge of diesel scarcity, while also appealing to them to bag and containerise their waste.

The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated this on Friday while monitoring the environment, adding that efforts were being intensified, to clear any backlog of refuse, and to stop acts of indiscriminate waste disposal around the city.

He said: “We have redoubled our efforts, working round the clock to ensure that we evacuate all waste anywhere around the city. Although the scarcity and high cost of diesel have been a major challenge, as all service providers’ trucks run on diesel, nonetheless, we are doing the needful and leaving no stone unturned, to maintain a clean environment and prevent health hazards to the people”.

“Over preceding months, we have rolled out advocacy and media sensitisation campaigns, to inform and educate residents on the importance of environmental cleanliness, particularly the act of waste containerisation. We have also supported efforts of PSP operators, by providing backup services in areas that experienced service gaps, with the overall aim of eradicating black spots across the metropolis”.

He appealed to residents to properly bag and containerise their waste to allow for more storage periods and prevent littering.

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LAWMA, Community Leaders Collaborate On Enforcement To Achieve Cleaner, And Livable Environment

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LAWMA, Community Leaders Collaborate On Enforcement To Achieve Cleaner, And Livable Environment

… Igando-Ikotun residents tasked with waste policing

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has reiterated its commitment to stamping out all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal in the state, by collaborating with various stakeholders, especially community leaders.

The Managing Director/CEO LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, made this known on Monday, stressing that the Authority had improved on waste policing activities across various communities, by strategically positioning personnel on the ground, to monitor the environment.

He said, “The task of achieving a cleaner and livable environment is one that requires the involvement of all stakeholders. This is why we are working with community leaders to stamp out improper waste disposal, which has exposed our environment and people living in it, to various hazards”.

LAWMA, Community Leaders Collaborate On Enforcement To Achieve Cleaner, And Livable Environment
Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Managing Director CEO LAWMA.

Odumboni said LAWMA’s enforcement team had embarked on a comprehensive statewide campaign, to arrest and prosecute those bent on causing environmental degradation in the metropolis, and derailing efforts of the Authority towards attaining a sustainable environment in the state.

“Our enforcement team has been made visible across various communities. They ensure total compliance with the state’s environmental laws, arresting defaulters and the outlawed cart pushers in the process. Business facilities known to have contravened the laws are also being sealed off, to serve as a deterrent to others”, he stated.

The LAWMA boss also charged Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area, with community waste policing, for a clean and sustainable environment, while urging residents of the area, to imbibe positive attitude change towards their surroundings.

He stated that community waste policing would create employment opportunities for the youths in the council, and would also forestall indiscriminate dumping of waste on roads medians, and other unauthorized locations, as the youths monitored identified black spots across the council area.

“Community waste policing is a sure way to sustain good waste management. It is also a means of youth empowerment and revenue generation. So I urge the council lawmakers to examine their bylaws and do the needful”, he stressed.

Mr. Odumboni highlighted the environmental and economic benefits of recycling and waste separation at the source, noting that the process would reduce the volume of wastes reaching the landfills, while also creating jobs.

He called on residents to cooperate with the Authority by bagging and containerizing their waste and patronizing assigned PSP operators, whose job is to evacuate waste generated by tenements, stressing that the task of keeping the environment clean is a collective one.

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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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