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Lagos orders scavengers to vacate refuse dumpsites

By Gbenga Akinfenwa, Victor Gbonegun and Kabirat Azeez
24 March 2020   |   4:06 am
Lagos State Government in its bid to curb the spread of the Coronavirus has directed scavengers to immediately vacate all refuse dumpsites.

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Lagos State Government in its bid to curb the spread of the Coronavirus has directed scavengers to immediately vacate all refuse dumpsites.

A statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, directed the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to give immediate effect to the directive and that under no circumstance should anyone be allowed to continue scavenging on the various dumpsites.

The commissioner, who said that LAWMA must ensure PSP operators are only allowed on dumpsites to discharge refuse and depart immediately, stressed that no form of unwholesome business would be allowed to thrive on any of the dumpsites and that no form of gathering either formal or informal by PSP operators must be permitted on the sites.

However, the Lagos State Government said that it had stopped all non-essential activities, such as food vendors and other non-related abattoir activities at every facility within the Oko-Oba Abattoir and Lairage Complex, Agege and other slaughter- houses in the state.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, who disclosed this yesterday, said the directive on religious and social gatherings involving more than 20 people would be strictly enforced at the abattoirs and slaughter-houses, adding that they are also expected to provide hand sanitisers and distance thermometer at the entrance of the facilities.

Lawal stated that all unit heads of abattoirs in the state must sensitise all butchers in their respective abattoirs on the dangers and preventable measures of the COVID-19, as well as the need to sensitise the entire abattoir stakeholders for sick members to stay away from the abattoir and seek medical assistance.

The commissioner, who stressed the need for crowd control during slaughtering process where a maximum of four persons per cow should be adhered to on the slab, reiterated that the state would not condone any illegal conveyance of meat and meat products from any of the abattoir and slaughtering houses to the markets, adding that the use of Eko refrigerated meat van is the only recognised means of transporting meat and meat products.

He noted that butchers should discourage their customers from touching meat or meat products and butchers with gloves in hands should sell the meat.

Meanwhile, the paramount ruler of Epeland, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, has announced the cancellation of the yearly Ebi Festival.

Oba Animashaun, while addressing the media in his Epe Palace yesterday, said the decision became imperative owing to the state government’s decision to ban social gathering in a bid to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

He, however, urged all residents of Epe in particular and Lagos State in general to keep to the measures put in place by the government.

“I also enjoined the residents to postpone all manners of engagements that would create room for more than 20 people at a time, as government’s position suggested. Anybody that violates this decision may found himself/herself to be blamed,” he said.