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LAWMA moves against illegal dumpsites in Amuwo- Odofin council 

By Mohammed Yakubu
27 October 2021   |   4:01 am
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has promised to direct energy and resources, to clear several illegal dumpsites around FESTAC Town and the entire Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of the state.

An illegal dumpsite being cleared by LAWMA officials during the visit

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has promised to direct energy and resources, to clear several illegal dumpsites around FESTAC Town and the entire Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of the state.
 
He made the promise at stakeholders meeting with residents and various interest groups, on LAWMA’s community cleanup campaign, at the council secretariat in FESTAC Town, Lagos.
 
He assured them of total evacuation of heaps of refuse within a couple of weeks, with their cooperation and attitudinal change.
 


Odumboni frowned on the poor environmental hygiene of residents, as he bluntly condemned their nonchalant approach to waste management and environmental care.
  
He stressed that the situation could not continue like that for a community once known as the cleanest in the state.
   
He said: “There are no fewer than 42 dumpsites in Amuwo-Odofin. This place is extremely dirty. You are only concerned about cleaning your houses, while the waste is deposited outside, littering the environment; causing diseases and sickness to others.
 
“It is about time you stopped giving excuses and do the right thing. I want to let you know that enforcement is going to be beefed up in the next three weeks, we will apprehend any environmental defaulter engaging in indiscriminate dumping and cart pushing business.
  
“You need to mobilise your youths and empower them to police the black spots within the community. Invite the youths and have a bye-law to back their operation. LAWMA will support you by training them. Get them uniform for identification and let them arrest outlawed cart pushers. It is high time we did the right thing by taking responsibility for our waste. 
 
“Patronise PSPs and pay for waste service. Waste bill payment is sacrosanct.”

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