The Lagos State government on Sunday arrested some residents of Aboru in Alimosho Local Government Area for indiscriminate waste disposal.
Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), said in a statement that the arrested residents had instructed their wards to empty bags of trash in the drainage channel, during a recent heavy downpour.
The LAWMA boss said that this attitude and several others that had gone unnoticed were contributory factors to flooding being experienced in some parts of the state.
Lagosians were urged to be government’s watchdogs in this regard by kindly reporting unfriendly attitudes to the state government for proper action.
Gbadegesin said that the arrest was in furtherance to Governor Sanwo-Olu’s executive order on zero tolerance to environmental infractions.
He said violators would be appropriately sanctioned under relevant environmental laws of the state, which forbade indiscriminate refuse disposal by residents.
According to him, there is the need for residents to support efforts of the government in tackling the problem of flooding and other environmental hazards in the metropolis.
“This is by ensuring that they do not dispose refuse in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm human health.
“Residents are also enjoined to bag their wastes appropriately and patronise assigned Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators,” he said.
Gbadegesin said that LAWMA had intensified the distribution of waste disposal bags under its Blue Box Initiative, for residents to sort their waste and dispose appropriately, through PSPs operating in their areas.
The LAWMA boss said that under no circumstances should anyone dump refuse in drainage channels, medians, lagoons or any other unauthorised outlets.
He also advised residents to promptly contact LAWMA using the toll-free line 07080601020, for complaints and relevant information.