INSIDEMAINLAND – The Managing Director of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Ibrahim Odumboni, has revealed that the agency is collaborating with a number of government organizations, including the MVAA and Neighborhood Watch, to track the movement of waste and catch criminals using timestamp cameras everywhere in the state.
According to him, “LAWMA is issuing a strong warning that people should stop dumping refuse in abandoned properties. They should also desist from using waste to reclaim lands for the purpose of building houses. Anyone caught in those illegal practices will be made to face the wrath of the law, while such properties will be instantly confiscated by the government.
“We have said this many times but some residents are adamant. I am restating again that anyone caught in the act will be prosecuted, as our enforcement teams have been effectively mobilised to do the needful in this regard.”
The LAWMA boss advised people who engaged in waste recycling to conduct their operations in secure areas free from environmental discomfort or attracting careless waste dumping by bystanders.
“A situation where people who don’t want to pay for PSP services, hide under the guise of recycling to dump their waste and discarded materials at uncompleted and abandoned buildings, will not be tolerated by the Authority.
“This nefarious act has turned such locations into breeding grounds for not only pests and diseases but also criminals.”
He added that the prosecution of tenements without waste bins will start in January 2023, reminding tenants that the simple solution was for them to purchase waste bins for their buildings and use the designated PSP operators.