CITIZENS COMPASS – A resident of Lagos State, Rukayat Oderinde of number 17, Hassan Ogumola Street, Ahamadiyya area has been sentenced to 144 hours community service for improper waste disposal in the state.
This was disclosed by Kadiri Folashade (Mrs), Director, Public Affairs, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), in her updates on Saturday, June 10, 2023.
She said this is a way to instill proper waste disposal in Lagos residents.
According to her, the enforcement team of LAWMA apprehended the woman for illegally emptying her waste bin into a drainage channel.
She said Rukayat was caught on camera while she was disposing off her household waste directly into the drainage channel, an act strictly prohibited under existing waste management regulations in the state, as it poses serious threats to the overall cleanliness and functionality of the drainage system.
Responding, LAWMA Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni,
said that improper waste disposal, particularly through drainage channels, could lead to clogged drains, which in turn causes flooding during heavy rains, adding that this does not only disrupts daily life but jeopardises the safety and health of the community.
“Blockages in drainage channels can result in stagnant water, becomingb reeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes and other harmful pests. I commend the LAWMA enforcement team who wasted no time in apprehending the woman.
” This emphasises 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.
Odumboni reminded residents about the need to engage proper methods of waste disposal and the potential consequences of non-compliance, urging them to use designated waste bins and containers for their household waste.
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.