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LAWMA to abolish cart pushing activities in Bariga, Shomolu areas

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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has rolled out plans to abolish all forms of cart pushing in Somolu and Bariga area of the State, anchoring the decision on the growing trend of environmental degradation, a result of their activities.

The Acting Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, who issued the statement on Saturday, explained that the Agency has stepped up efforts to make Lagos an hygienic environment for all through the introduction of novel waste management programmes in the State, as well as cooperating with PSP operators to discharge their primary duties effectively.

However, he highlighted that efforts to protect the environment were being countered by the activities of cart pushers who engaged in flagrant acts of indiscriminate waste disposal in such inappropriate places such as canals, road medians and undeveloped property, among others.

In his words, “The menace of cart pushing in some parts of the State has led to the rise of indiscriminate waste disposal and exposure of residents to myriads of health hazards, especially during this period that the Lagos State Government is tackling the COVID-19 pandemic”.

“We cannot fold our hands and watch few unscrupulous elements jeopardise efforts of the State Government to make the Lagos metropolis cleaner, healthier and livable for all. To this effect, all forms of cart pushing remains banned and anyone caught contravening the Environmental Laws of the State will face the full wrath of the law”, he added.

The Acting Managing Director, thereby implored residents to desist patronising cart-pusher or disposing refuse by road sides or inappropriate sites,but instead imbibe the culture of bagging waste and handing it to the assigned PSP.

Fatimah Oyeaanmi

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