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LAWMA arrests 65 persons for environmental abuses

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has arrested 65 persons at various locations around the state for environmental abuses.

Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni
Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni

The Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer, LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, said this in a statement on Monday, May 16, 2022, in Lagos.

Odumboni said that the agency had renewed offensive against environmental abuses.

He said that the renewed offensive would spare no offender, as tough times await environmental offenders for willfully abusing the environment.

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.

“LAWMA is not a toothless bull dog. For too long we have pleaded, but now is time to act. The new offensive is on autopilot and will 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,’’ Odumboni said.

The LAWMA boss reiterated the authority’s commitment to the cleanliness of every nook and cranny of the state.

He urged residents to imbibe the culture of effective waste management.

Odumboni added that his agency was working with the Neighbourhood 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 appealed for the cultivation of standard and civilised environmental habits for the common good of everyone.

By Fabian Ekeruche

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