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Lagos to sanction Games Village residents, others over wastes

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
LAGOS — THE Lagos State Government through Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to residents of Games Village Surulere, Yaba, National Stadium and the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) for failure to procure bins for their waste which resulted in loose wastes and a filthy environment within their vicinity.
Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ola Oresanya, said the measure became necessary following non-compliance of the estates to patronise the licensed franchisee in the areas.

He, therefore, advised residents to co-operate with the state government’s policy, while reminding them of the state Environmental Sanitation Edict 3, Section 26 of 2000 which made it mandatory for houses to have waste containers in their frontage.

According to Oresanya, the monitoring team of LAWMA discovered loose wastes in the estate and offered to deploy to the residents of Games Village Surulere two CT bins.

But after meetings with the representatives of the estates, it became obvious that they were not ready to comply or ready to pay the franchise for the job done.

Speaking further, Oresanya revealed that since dialogue did not yield much result, the Authority is left with no other option than to sanction the residents for their refusal to comply with the Authority’s policies on refuse containerization.

He added that enforcement team would be deployed to the area, while the residents would be held responsible for any cost associated with the removal of the backlog.

According to him, the era in which residents engage in acts that are inimical to theirs and others health and environment is gone, stressing that anyone caught engaging in such acts would be made to face the wrath of the law.

Oresanya urged residents to always bag their wastes, stop the patronage of cart pushers, pay for waste bills and enlist the services of LAWMA and Private Sector Participation (PSP) Operators for the evacuation of their waste as the case might be for industrial and domestic waste respectively.


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