…As Env. Commissioner convenes stakeholders meeting with market leaders over waste.
Lagos State Government on Wednesday informed residents that the enabling law to permit reintroduction of monthly sanitation is on the way.
The Government’s resolve was made by the Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello during a stakeholders’ meeting with Association of Commodity Market Women and Men led by the Iyaloja General of Nigeria, Chief Mrs Folasade Tinubu-Ojo.
According to Bello, the invalidation of the exercise by a court sometimes ago is a temporary setback which will be reversed very soon.
He said the meeting which also had the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Ronke Odeneye and Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegeshin in attendance was convened to seek the buy-in of market leaders, women and men on the government’s zero tolerance for indiscriminate dumping of waste.
He told markets in the state who have not engaged the service of PSP waste operators to link up with the State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and do so immediately and ensure that no form of waste is taken to the roads henceforth.
He stated that in conjunction with the appointed PSP waste operators, a point within the market must be identified where all the waste generated should be gathered before being carted away by the PSP operator.
He assured the market leaders that the State will not hesitate to sanction PSP operators that failed to perform their duties appropriately.
He said the Government would have no option but to shut any market that proves recalcitrant and still harbours refuse or dump same on the roads.
He said as a form of motivation, competitions would be re-introduced to recognise and reward markets adjudged as the cleanest.
In her response, the President ACWAM, Iyaloja General, Mrs. Folasade Tinubu-Ojo said that she will ensure that market sanitation becomes a daily task that all market leaders will adopt.
She assured that the association was ready to cooperate with the State government to adopt all methods proposed by the government to ensure cleanliness in all markets and it’s environs.
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