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Lagos To Set Up Mobile Courts For Environmental Law Offenders

Posted: May 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

 Nkasiobi Oluikpe


Lagos – The Lagos State government has said it will soon acquire mobile court vans to prosecute anyone who fails to abide by the state environmental laws.

The state Commissioner for the Environment, Samuel Adejare stated this during the 2016 ministerial press briefing to commemorate Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s one year in office at the Bagauda Kaltho House, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.

He appealed to Lagosians to desist from indiscriminate dumping of wastes in drainage channels and at unauthorized places, adding that anyone caught in the act would be seriously dealt with, in accordance with the dictates of the law. He also pleaded with the people of the state to have a change of attitude towards their immediate environment.

According to him: “If we cultivate the habit of regular cleaning of our homes and environment, the state government would have enough funds to develop the state in other areas like getting drugs for hospitals and primary healthcare centres rather than spending these funds on clearing of refuse generated by us.”

The Commissioner explained that the Ministry of the Environment has commenced the dredging/maintenance and inspection of on- going dredging works across the 57 LGAs/LCDAs in preparation for the year 2016 rainy season which is fast approaching.

Adejare said the that ministry has embarked on regular routine visits to markets, motor parks, schools, CDAs and other notable public places on environmental advocacy campaigns in order to achieve positive attitudinal change amongst the citizenry of the State.

As part of efforts to increase awareness on the use of toilet and to curb indiscriminate urination and defecation in the public, the Ministry of the Environment organized a press conference to commemorate the World Toilet Day celebration, adding that the State Government is set to introduce public toilet to different parts of the state.