LAWMA Secures Conviction of 40 Environmental Offenders As Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin Vows to Enforce Zero-tolerance Policy on Indiscriminate Waste
The Environmental Special Offences Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, has handed down fines and community service penalties, to 40 environmental offenders, found guilty of indiscriminate waste disposal.
The presiding magistrate underscored the gravity of the offences and impact on the environment, subsequently imposing a fine of ₦30,000 on each offender, with an option of six hours of community service, in designated areas like the General Hospital, Odan, and Tinubu Market in Lagos Island.
Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, expressed the Authority’s commitment to enforcing the zero-tolerance policy for indiscriminate waste dumping.
He said, “The verdict aligns with our unwavering commitment to creating a cleaner and healthier environment for all residents of Lagos. We cannot overemphasise the importance of responsible waste disposal in safeguarding public health and preserving our surroundings.”
Dr. Gbadegesin highlighted the need to promote a culture of responsible waste disposal, calling on residents to support efforts of the state government to make the environment sustainably clean, by disposing of their waste appropriately using covered bins, adding that lack of waste containers in homes gave rise to indiscriminate waste dumping.
He said, “The penalties handed down by the court reflect the seriousness with which we view indiscriminate waste dumping. Stiffer penalties await environmental offenders, both individuals and corporate bodies, as the Authority enforces the zero-tolerance policy.
We encourage residents to take personal responsibility for their waste and dispose of it appropriately. It is important that people put their waste in covered bins, as this would reduce the challenge of indiscriminate dumping in the metropolis. Together, we can create a cleaner and more sustainable Lagos”.
Since the recent enforcement against indiscriminate waste disposal began, over 160 persons have been arrested and convicted with appropriate fines or an option of community service, at locations designated by the magistrate’s court.
For waste management-related issues, call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617.