A woman, Rukayat Oderinde of number 17, Hassan Ogunmola Street, Ahmadiyya, Lagos, has been sentenced to 144 hours of community service, by a Lagos mobile court, Bolade, Oshodi, Lagos, for violating waste management regulations.
She is to begin her eight hours per day community service from Ahmadiyya to Salolo route, for the next 18 days, cleaning the environment.
Oderinde was arrested by Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) enforcement team for illegally emptying her waste bin into a drainage channel.
She was caught on camera while she was disposing of her household waste directly into the drainage channel, an act strictly prohibited under existing waste management regulations in the state, as they posed serious threats to the overall cleanliness and functionality of the drainage system.
“Blockages in drainage channels can result in stagnant water becoming breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes and other harmful pests.” Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LAWMA, Ibrahim Odumboni, said.
“I commend the LAWMA enforcement team who wasted no time in apprehending the woman. This emphasises our commitment to maintaining a clean and healthy environment for all residents.
“This incident serves as a stark reminder to residents that improper waste disposal will not be tolerated and will be met with strict enforcement.” He added.
Odumboni reminded residents about the need to engage in proper methods of waste disposal and the potential consequences of non-compliance, urging them to use designated waste bins and containers for their household waste.
He urged the populace to patronize assigned Private Sector Partnership (PSP) operators whose duty is to ensure seamless disposal of waste generated by tenements.