LAWMA Destroys Another 600 Carts

Over 600 confiscated carts and wheelbarrows seized from pushers across the State and crushed at the Authority’s Ogudu office, on Tuesday

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has destroyed over 600 handcarts seized from illegal cart pushers across the state.

This brings the total number seized and destroyed to about 1,000 in less than two months since the clampdown commenced. 

Speaking on the exercise, the MD/CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, noted that the seizure and subsequent destruction of the carts clearly demonstrated the position of the Lagos State Government on solid waste management. 

He said the agency would continue to enforce the present administration’s zero-tolerance for indiscriminate dumping of waste being perpetuated by cart pushers.

Odumboni added that LAWMA is making tremendous progress and would not relent until illegal cart pushers are completely removed from the state.

The CEO, who was represented by the Executive Director of Finance, LAWMA, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, stated that the continuous exercise will serve as a deterrent to others who are planning to embark on such illegal business in any part of Lagos State. 

On his part, the Chief Technical Officer (CTO), LAWMA, Dr. Olohunwa Tijani, expressed his concern over the unrelenting attitude of some residents, who would rather patronise cart pushers than assigned PSP operators.

He also bemoaned that those residents are still the reason that the illegal business of cart pushing persists.

“We have allocated PSPs to all nooks and crannies of the State. Presently we have over 400 PSPs deployed to cover all streets and corners of Lagos. 

“Unfortunately, the attitude of some of the people is still one of the areas LAWMA is making efforts to change. The Agency is determined to ensure the unhealthy habit is discouraged. The people must learn to take responsibility for their waste”, he added.

He cautioned residents to cease and desist from patronising cart pushers as they had been completely outlawed.

This is as he reiterated that those caught indiscriminately dumping their refuse would be made to face the law.

“LAWMA is working with other law enforcement agencies and the judiciary in enforcing the environmental laws. 

“Those caught dumping refuse indiscriminately will be arrested and charged before the law court. Failure to pay your waste bills is also a punishable offence.”

He reminded residents that a lot of people have been prisoned in Badagry for environmental offences. “So we are doing everything to return environmental sanity back to the streets of Lagos”, he noted.

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