BY GEORGE OKOJIE, Lagos
The Lagos State Government at the weekend said it has launched a full-scale war on indiscriminate disposal of waste in the metropolis; warning that anyone caught violating environmental laws henceforth in the state will face the full wrath of the law.
The state’s Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare who made the declaration at an interactive session with journalists remarked that some Lagos residents have formed the habit of dumping waste at illegal spots, thereby sabotaging on-going efforts to rid Lagos State of filth.
Adejare noted with concern that soon after littered black spots and illegal dumping sites were cleared, some residents would return and dump waste at the same spots.
He admonished residents to use approved and legitimate dumping sites to dispose their refuse to avoid arrest and prosecution.
“The Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) was born out of the need for Lagos to employ the operating standards adopted by other countries in the area of waste management. With the introduction of the CLI, we have launched a full-scale war on improper waste management within the State.
“The CLI is the solution to the recurring complaints about the manner waste is disposed within the State. I have no doubt that it will be a huge success when we roll it out fully by next year,” said the Commissioner.
On the dispute between Private Sector Participants (PSPs) and the State Government, Adejare said the PSPs lacked the capacity to handle the over 10,000 metric tonnes of waste generated in Lagos daily in an effective and scientific manner, adding that Lagosians would see the impact of the new arrangement when it becomes fully implemented.