LAWMA destroys 400 carts, says operators constitute security risk
About 400 carts were destroyed yesterday by Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) for constituting security risks in the state.
The carts were confiscated from pushers, who serially dump waste at unauthorised locations across the city, in clear violation of environmental laws of the state.
Speaking during the exercise, which took place at LAWMA’s Ogudu facility, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated that the exercise which would be a continuous one, became necessary to weaken the ability of the cart pushers to return to business, and to decimate the cart population defacing the cityscape.
The LAWMA boss disclosed that opportunity was open for repentant cart-pushers to step forward, get registered with LAWMA, get proper orientation, and training as pickers and off takers of recyclables, working hand in hand with other stakeholders in the waste management chain.
He said: “Cart pushers are about the biggest threat to our effort at attaining environmental sustainability.
“We will not allow anyone or group of persons to derail the ongoing efforts to make the environment better. Criminal elements have hidden under this guise to carry out heinous crimes. If there are no carts to push, they will get other jobs.
“They pose as much threat to the environment as to the security of citizens. It will shock you to know that many of them keep weapons like knives, machetes, etc, in their carts to attack and dispossess unsuspecting persons when the opportunity presents itself.
“One of such cart pushers was tried and jailed last week, having been apprehended at Victoria Island, vandalising and stealing government’s iron rods. There have been many reported cases of theft of movable items from people’s compounds traced to them.”
Odumboni reaffirmed the agency’s total commitment to making the State’s city space an environment-friendly one, urging residents to join the authority’s quest for a cleaner Lagos ,by shunning improper waste disposal, paying their waste bill and patronising assigned PSP operators.
Also, president of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), Mr. David Oriyomi, lauded government’s constant support for the association, promising a new era of fruitful collaboration with LAWMA.
Present at the event were; LAWMA’s Executive Director Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi; Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Olohunwa Tijani; Head, Enforcement unit, Mr. Idowu Sanni and other stakeholders.