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Lagos clamps down on illegal dumpsites

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Lagos- Government has ordered the closure of all illegal dumpsites across the State, saying it would not hesitate to take over sites used for unauthorized dumping of refuse.

Special Adviser to the Governor on the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Hunpe gave the order during monitoring tour of the State where he discovered an illegal dumpsite in the Anthony area of the State.

He decried the existence of illegal dumpsites in Lagos State, stressing that such unauthorized sites do not only deface the Lagos megacity but also create serious health and environmental hazards to the people.

“We totally condemn the existence of illegal dumpsites in some areas, especially on our wetland areas that have been reserved by nature and which ought to be kept as the state’s natural buffer zones”, he said

Hunpe emphasized that there was no need for illegal dumpsites in Lagos State, especially with the gradual takeoff of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, which is taking concrete steps to upscale facilities in the solid waste management sector of the State.

He urged residents of the State to always handle waste in the most appropriate way, adding that Lagosians must ensure proper bagging of wastes and handling of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative waste bins being placed across the State.



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