The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Magistrate Court, located in Ikoyi, Lagos, has handed down ₦30,000 fines or community service sentences to 26 individuals found guilty of disposing of waste in unauthorized areas within the State.
The environmental offenders were apprehended by the enforcement team of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), in collaboration with the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), during nighttime hours between 9.30 pm and 7.00 am, at various locations throughout the State.
Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, emphasized that the joint enforcement operations by the Authority have been intensified, aligning with the zero-tolerance policy of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration. He declared an end to the era of environmental recklessness and disregard for the surroundings, asserting that anyone found engaging in such practices would face the full force of the law.
Gbadegesin called upon residents to actively support the ongoing efforts to improve environmental cleanliness by avoiding reckless waste disposal and instead keeping waste receptacles at home. He encouraged the public to patronize only accredited PSP (Private Sector Participation) waste operators, while delivering a stern warning that there would be no refuge for those who flout these directives.