Cleaner Lagos Initiative: LNSC arrests over 200 refuse carters

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The Lagos State Neighborhood Agency (LSNA) has arrested over 200 refuse carters across the

state.

The suspects including residents and commercial cart pushers were caught carting refuse from
various outlets to road medians, open drainages and highways among other unauthorised points of disposal at Badagry, Lagos Island East local
government, Ikorodu, Imota, Amuwo Odofin, Ifelodun, Olorunda, Ibeju Lekki, and Ikeja and other areas.

Items including carts and trucks were been impounded.
Their arrests were offshoot of the LNSC partnership with the Lagos State Environmental
Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) to deepen enforcement of sanitation regulations.

More effort has been channeled towards the “Cleaner Lagos Initiative” launched by Governor
Akinwunmi Ambode, two weeks ago in the wake of indiscriminate refuse disposal resurfacing
across the state.

Parading the suspects at its Oshodi headquarters, the LNSA Board Chairman, Rtd. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Israel Ajao said the operation
began last Friday to reinforce the fight against environmental insanitary.

He said the agency decided to complement LAGESC based on its widespread presence in all
the fifty Local Governments and LGAs.

“After a meeting between LAGESC and LNSC, officers of the LNSC embarked on monitoring, identification and arrest of truck pushers who aid
residence to dump refuse on road median, drainages and highways. The state government in its special programme tagged Cleaner Lagos Initiative has committed huge resources to the disposal of refuse and waste in different part of the state and in order to ensure its success, all
those involved in indiscriminate dumping of refuse are being arrested for violating the state
environmental laws and we have handed them over to LAGESC for prosecution,” he said.

He encouraged Lagosians to into the state project, saying: “Residents are hereby advised to
make use of facilities provided by government to dispose their refuse while our efforts continue to arrest offenders, in order to ensure a cleaner healthier, and sustainable environment.”

According to LAGESC Executive Chairman, Idowu Mohammed, the suspects will be charged to court and made to face sanctions ranging from N20,000 fine to N50,000, community service or jail term.

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