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Lagos Clamps Down On PSP Operators, Cart Pushers Over Indiscriminate Waste Disposal

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Lagos State Government  said it has arrested four officials of a Private Sector Participant (PSP) operator in waste management, Ayomide Olayinka Ventures, for dumping waste on the street along the Central Business District (CBD) of Lagos Island in the middle of the night.

According to the government, the suspects were arrested by security operatives in the early hours of Tuesday while using their compactor with registration number FST 908 XG to dump refuse on the street.

They included driver of the compactor, Oloruntele Adekunle and three others. The company was said to have its office at No 1A, Kudirat Abiola Way, Old Oregun Road, Ikeja.

The latest arrest brought the number of PSP operators arrested for similar offence in the last one week to five, while hundreds of cart pushers and wheel barrow operators had equally been arrested for dumping waste in public places and canals in various parts of the State.

The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, in a statement, said the arrest was a clear confirmation of the suspicion of government that the new environmental waste management policy encapsulated in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) was being sabotaged by vested interests.

He said: “A PSP operator was caught along Lagos Island Central Business District discharging refuse on the street. He was arrested by security operatives in the middle of the night which shows the institutional corruption that has been lingering in the sector which the State Government intends to fight with the reforms put in place.

Meanwhile, the State Government also yesterday paraded four cart pushers – Yusuf Saheed, Abubakar Lawal, Bashiru Umar and Amira Abdul, who were arrested in Moshalasi Alhaja in Agege area of the State for dumping refuse in unauthorised spots.

Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti who briefed journalists at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, said the suspects would be charged to court, just as he reiterated the call on residents to desist from patronizing illegal waste managers. He also disclosed that commercial operations of the CLI would commence fully from March 1.

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