The Lagos State Government has ordered the closure of all illegal dumpsites across the State, saying it would not hesitate to take over sites used for unauthorized dumping of refuse.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Hunpe gave this order during his sanitation monitoring tour of the State on Monday where he discovered an illegal dumpsite in the Anthony area of the State.
He decried the existence of illegal dumpsites in Lagos State, stressing that such unauthorized sites do not only deface the Lagos megacity but also create serious health and environmental hazards to the people.
His words: “we totally condemn the existence of illegal dumpsites in some areas of the State, especially on our wetland areas that have been reserved by nature and which ought to be kept as the state’s natural buffer zones”
He emphasized that there was no need for illegal dumpsites in Lagos State especially with the gradual takeoff of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative which is taking concrete steps to upscale facilities in the solid waste management sector of the State.
Hunpe said that the for efficient collection and disposal operations, the State Government had concessioned three Transfer Loading Stations/Material Recovery Facilities at Agege, Oshodi and Simpson and three Waste Depots at Mushin, Ogudu and Simpson with the aim of rehabilitating, remodeling and retrofitting these facilities to world class standard, while Engineered Sanitary/Engineered Hazardous Landfills are being constructed in different locations across Lagos State under the Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BFOT) model.
He said that the administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode had been in the fore front of the campaign for healthy people and cleaner environment, thus encouraging Lagosians to desist from acts that could have negative impacts on the environment.
He urged residents of the State to always handle waste in the most appropriate way, adding that Lagosians must ensure proper bagging of wastes and handling of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative waste bins being placed across the State.