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LAWMA Dislodges Scavengers, Miscreants from Illegal Dumps

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By jane Osamor

…arraigns 30 culprits

…calls for proper waste management among residents

The enforcement unit of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has

launched a robust operation to dislodge scavengers and miscreants from

illegal dumpsites across neighbourhoods in the city, for a cleaner and

healthier environment.

In the past few days, the LAWMA enforcement team has been routinely

patrolling neighborhoods across the state, notorious for illegal refuse

dumping and the presence of scavengers, rummaging through waste piles,

contributing to littering and unsightly landscapes and public spaces.

Commenting, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni,

expressed concern over residents’ increasing disregard for proper waste

management practices, stressing the importance of prompt payment for

waste services, and the negative consequences of indiscriminate


He said, “The activities of scavengers and miscreants not only deface

our cities but also pose serious health hazards to residents. It is

disheartening to see some individuals engaging in indiscriminate

disposal because they do not want to pay for waste services. This

behavior undermines the efforts of LAWMA and hampers our progress

towards maintaining a clean and healthy environment”.

During the enforcement operations, the LAWMA team dismantled shanties

and illegal structures, apprehending individuals caught engaging in

indiscriminate waste disposal, at various locations in Ipaja,

Ikate-Surulere, and Ikeja, preparatory to prosecution of nothing less

than 30 persons caught.

The LAWMA boss stressed the need for residents to take responsibility

for their waste and participate actively in proper waste management

practices, urging them to utilise services of PSP operators, to ensure

scheduled collection of their waste, as well as taking advantage of

various waste recycling initiatives introduced by the authority.

“To achieve a cleaner and healthier city, it is crucial for residents to

play their part in waste management. LAWMA, through PSP operators, is

working relentlessly to ensure efficient waste collection services, and

we urge residents to take advantage of these services. By properly

sorting and disposing of waste, we can establish a better quality of

life for everyone”, he stressed.

Odumboni stated further, that LAWMA had continued to embark on awareness

campaigns alongside the enforcement operations, to educate residents on

the importance of proper waste management, adding that the advocacy

drive included community engagements, door-to-door visits, and the

distribution of educational materials, for enlightenment on waste

segregation and responsible disposal.

He called on residents to support efforts of the Authority, by adhering

to waste management guidelines, adding that, with concerted efforts of

the agency and active participation of residents, the state would

witness a significant improvement in waste management, resulting in a

cleaner and healthier environment for all.

Kadiri Folashade (Mrs.)

Director, Public Affairs

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