LAWMA to create Hall of Shame for environmental aggressors

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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) said it will soon start a campaign with the tag: #HallofFame and #WallofShame, to recognize the efforts of individuals whose activities promote environmental cleanliness in the state, while naming and shaming residents who indulge in reckless waste disposal.

LAWMA released this after the arrest and sentence to community service by a mobile court of some people caught discarding waste in unauthorized locations in the state.

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The agency, which made it known in a statement signed by Folashade Kadiri, assistant director of public affairs on Sunday, also reminded residents of a state executive order about zero tolerance for traffic and environmental violations, emphasizing that ignorance of the law should never be an excuse to get involved in acts that can damage the environment and people.

He said that the days of tolerance to garbage and indiscriminate waste disposal in the metropolis were over; adding that, in addition to performing a community service, environmental offenders would be named and shamed, using the agency's social media identifiers and other public communication channels.

The Authority also said it had embarked on various media advocacy programs and community awareness campaigns across the state, to educate residents about the need to absorb the culture of effective waste management in their localities.

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In addition, it appealed to parents to properly guide their children and defenses against harmful environmental practices, warning that anyone caught being dumping waste indiscriminately under the cover of darkness would be forced to face all the wrath of the law, since policing waste from the Authority is effective 24/7 and would not spare offenders.

Residents were instructed to adopt recycling and the state government's waste-in-wealth initiatives, which would not only make the environment cleaner and safer, but also provide a viable means of income.

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