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Engage proper methods of waste disposal, LAWMA MD advises Lagos residents

…As LAWMA sentences woman to community service for improper waste disposal

 

The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has enjoined residents to always use designated waste bins and containers for their household waste.

 

Odumboni reminded residents about the need to engage proper methods of waste disposal and the potential consequences of non-compliance.

The LAWMA boss stated this while reacting to the case of a culprit apprehended by LAWMA enforcement team, for illegally emptying her waste bin into a drainage channel.

Rukayat Oderinde of number 17, Hassan Ogumola Street, Ahamadiyya, Lagos, was caught while disposing of her household waste directly into the drainage channel, an act strictly prohibited under existing waste management regulations in the state.

She was arrested and sentenced to 144 hours of community service by the court, for violating waste management regulations.

Odumboni emphasized that improper waste disposal, particularly through drainage channels, could lead to clogged drains, which in turn caused flooding during heavy rains, adding that this not only disrupted daily life but also jeopardized the safety and health of the community.

“Blockages in drainage channels can result in stagnant water, becoming breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes and other harmful pests. I commend the LAWMA enforcement team who wasted no time in apprehending the woman. This emphasizes our commitment to maintaining a clean and healthy environment for all residents.

“The woman was arrested and sentenced to 144 hours of community service by the court, for violating waste management regulations. 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 said.

The environmental offender is expected to commence her 8-hours per day community service from Ahmadiyya to Salolo route, for the next 18 days, cleaning the environment.

He implored the populace to patronise assigned PSP operators whose duty is to ensure seamless disposal of waste generated by tenements, adding that residents should call LAWMA toll-free numbers 07080601020 and 617, for any environmental infractions observed in their area.

 

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