Lagos, Nigeria’s economic nerve centre has for many years classed among the most filthy cities in the country. This is as the state government has been on with its project of transforming the state into a mega city.
But this ugly trend may be history soon if the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, the agency involved in managing wastes in the state succeeds in its current clampdown on activities that are injurious the environment.
In line with the effort, LAWMA has embarked on a two-day enforcement operation in Lekki axis, to clear the roadsides of various illegal activities defacing the environment.
The exercise involved clearing of waste nuisance and dislodging of street trading from First Roundabout to Jakande axis, as well as Freedom Way entrance on Lekki Epe expressway.
The Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni said the two-day campaign, which began on Thursday, January 20, 2022, to stem the tide of littering and defacing of the environment, illegal structures within the axis was also aimed to eradicate improper waste disposal, currently undermining efforts of the Authority at maintaining sustainable cleanliness.
Mr. Odumboni pointed out that street trading activities by some persons in the area, had attracted all forms of gathering, including beggars, thus leading to high level of environmental degradation, including open defecation.
The LAWMA helmsman stated that the agency had rolled out various programmes and initiatives, aimed at achieving a consistently clean environment across the metropolis, calling on residents to support those efforts, by avoiding indiscriminate waste disposal and other vices.
He also implored residents to imbibe the habit of bagging their wastes at all times, using appropriately covered waste bins for containerisation, as well as patronising assigned PSP operators, who had been mandated to evacuate wastes generated by tenements.