Owing to the activities of the newly constituted task force “Operation Sight and Abate”, Lagosians have started witnessing the disappearance of heaps of refuse which had dotted parts of the State following the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
This was realized on Thursday during the sanitation inspection tour of Egbe-Idimu and Igando-Ikotun LCDAs by Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare to access the evacuation efforts of the ministry.
The Environment Commissioner, who expressed his satisfaction with the level of the work done by the special task force, stated that he was impressed by the intervention of the Operation Sight and Abate which had made significant impact in ridding the two LCDAs of refuse heaps in record time.
The inspection tour was part of the Ministry of the Environment’s response measures to the recent media reports of heaps of refuse in parts of Lagos especially Egbe-Idimu and Igando-Ikotun LCDAs, sequel to the Yuletide and New Year celebrations.
Earlier, the Ministry had promptly constituted the special task force code named Operation Sight and Abate to deal with the situation and engender a system whereby refuse heaps are promptly abated wherever they are found in the State.
Dr Adejare, who frowned at indiscriminate refuse disposal under any guise reminded Lagosians especially market women and men who are notorious for illegally dumping refuse on the road, of the Lagos State Government policy on zero tolerance to all environmental infractions.
While restating government’s resolve to expeditiously apply regulatory and enforcement measures against contraventions of government policies and regulations, Adejare enjoined residents to voluntarily comply with the extant State environmental laws.
He said the environment, being relevant to all, should be properly maintained if we must attain environmental sustainability and socio -economic wellbeing.
Principal Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of the Environment
5th January 2017