The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has renewed its offensive against environmental abuses, resulting in the arrest of 65 offenders at various locations around the state.
This was disclosed by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni during a chat in his office at Ijora stating that the renewed offensive would spare no offender as punishment awaits environmental offenders who wilfully abuse the environment.
According to Odumboni, for too long LAWMA had pleaded with the public to shun deliberate actions which deface the cityscape but had very poor cooperation from a clear majority.
The LAWMA boss reiterated the agency’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 is working with the Neighbourhood Watch and 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 civilised environmental habits for the common good of everyone. He said: “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 caught in the act were arrested at different locations 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 the environment and spreading of infectious diseases, among others,” he concluded.