The six chairmen of Local Government and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Ikorodu Division have perfected plans to enforce environmental laws by arresting and prosecuting residents that are dumping refuse indiscriminately.
Hon. Wasiu Adeshina , Chairman of Ikorodu Local Government , revealed this at the Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting held at the Teaching Service Staff Development Centre (TSSDC), Owutu, Agric in Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area (LCDA) on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
The theme of this year’s stakeholders’ meeting was, “Environmental Challenges: Community Engagement To Facilitate Lasting Solutions”.
Speaking at the meeting, Hon Adeshina called on the Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade , to ensure that enabling law for the prosecution of those burning refuse, trees and other things causing environmental pollution are put in place by the Lagos State House of Assembly .
He disclosed that the chairmen in the six councils across Ikorodu division have resolved to tackle the menace of indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
He stated that the council bosses have resolved to arrest those that are dumping refuse indiscriminately in the six councils, adding that they have identified black spots for the unlawful act.
“We (chairmen) have identified black spots all around the councils and we have also made arrangement for a monitoring team that would arrest those dumping refuse indiscriminately for prosecution” , Hon. Adeshina told hundreds of residents at the meeting.
The council chairman listed some of the black spots identified in Ikorodu as Ota-Ona, Adaraloye junction, Ita-Elewa, Itunmoja junction among others.
“We want our Majority Leader to assist us in making a law that will prohibit and penalize indiscriminate dumping of refuse, cutting of tree and burning of other things.
He further revealed that the councils have concluded plan to engage some residents in monitoring the identified spots and arrest offenders at any time.
“Iya-Oloja has also stated and supported that the government should enforce the Environmental laws “, Hon Adeshina added.
The Iya-Oloja General of Ikorodu Division, Alhaja Taofeekat Allison, also speaking at the meeting , challenged both the state and local governments on enforcement of environmental laws.
While alleging that residents go from one council to the other to dump refuse indiscriminately, Alhaja Allison appealed to residents to stop such act which she said is inimical to good living.
Other residents who spoke at the meeting also called for enforcement as the best way to curb the violation of environmental laws.