COVID-19: Lagos orders scavengers to vacate refuse dumpsites

The Nigerian megacity, Lagos State in its effort to suppress the coronavirus (COVID-19), has instructed scavengers to immediately vacate all refuse dumpsites. This was made known in a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, directed the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to give immediate effect to the directive “In furtherance of measures introduced to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, (COVID-19), the Lagos State Government has directed scavengers to immediately vacate all refuse dumpsites.”

The Commissioner also added that under no circumstance should anyone be allowed to continue scavenging on the various dumpsites in the State, insisting that the govt must ensure PSP operators are only allowed on dumpsites to discharge refuse and depart immediately. He stressed that no form of unwholesome business will be allowed to thrive on any of the dumpsites, reiterating that no form of gatherings either formal or informal by PSP operators is permitted on the sites.

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