The Lagos State Government on Saturday announced a total ban on the operations of wheelbarrow and cart pushers in the state, saying that their activities are inimical to maintaining cleanliness in the state
With the flag off of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), the government says the continuous activities of cart pushers will pose a threat to the success of the initiative.
This was made known in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Tunji Bello.
Also, according to the statement, investigations had revealed that the cart pushers are responsible for most of the illegal dumping of waste in canals and road medians which causes flooding.
“What the State Government has discovered is that these set of people use the night to perpetrate all sorts of dastardly acts. They dump refuse indiscriminately on the median of major roads and highways.
“They also pose serious security threats because they use those carts to hide arms and ammunition and hide under the guise of carrying refuse to rob unsuspecting residents”, the SSG said.
Furthermore, Bello said the government has finalised plans to ensure that the CLI would cover every area of the state and ensure that refuse is well packed and collected, urging residents to desist from patronising them or risk prosecution.
“The State Government has declared zero tolerance for the activities of cart pushers and wheelbarrow operators. Security agencies in the State have been directed to ensure that those found still operating are arrested and prosecuted according to the State Environmental Laws.
“The law also applies to residents who patronise cart pushers. It is an offence and the state government would not hesitate to enforce the law to put a stop to such practice,” Bello said.