Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has raised alarm over the
continuous degeneration of quality of life through collapse of public hygiene
and waste management services in Apapa area of Lagos.
The Public Relations Officer of LAWMA, Mr. Obinna G. Onyenali, in a press
statement, said that the deplorable condition of the environment at Apapa,
which was occasioned by the inaccessibility of the roads for LAWMA
operational vehicles in the area, had become a source of worry for the
“LAWMA in recent times has intensified efforts to rid the State of backlog of
wastes which are known to have defaced the environment. We have deployed
trucks across the State to stem the tide of indiscriminate dumping of refuse as
well as engaged the PSP operators to tackle wastes at household level”, he
Mr. Onyenali further informed that all efforts by the Authority to extend its
services to Apapa were being hampered by the heavy presence of articulated
trucks which had made the road impassable for LAWMA and PSP operators.
“Our findings show a general degradation of the environment in the area and a
looming epidemy, if the situation is not quickly addressed. Owing to this
situation, LAWMA sweepers cannot work efficiently there; people bathe and
defecate on the road, thus wearing out the asphalt. The roads have also been
turned into mechanic workshops where major repairs of heavy trucks are
carried out, spilling engine oil and diesel on same road.
“To avert the outbreak of epidemy in the area, there is need for the authorities
concerned to clear Apapa for smooth operation by our operatives. Residents
are thus called upon to support LAWMA in this effort to save this crucial part
of the State from the continuous degradation”, the statement read.
The LAWMA PRO appealed to the authorities in Apapa to take urgent steps to
address this critical issue for the sake of the environment and people who do
their businesses there, stating that the agency’s goal is to achieve a cleaner
and healthier Lagos.