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ANNOUNCEMENT: Wheelbarrow and truck pushers banned in Lagos henceforth


A total ban on the activities of cart pushers and wheelbarrow operators has been announced by the Lagos state government.

 

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Tunji Bello stated this in a statement.

According to the SSG, their activities are not only detrimental to environmental cleanliness but is also a risk to the success of the newly launched Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).

Bello also accused the cart pushers of being responsible for most of the illegal dumping of waste at night in canals and road medians. Such behaviour has been known to cause flooding.

Furthermore, the SSG believes that cart and wheelbarrow pushers pose a security threat to Lagosians.

He says: “What the State Government has discovered is that these set of people use the night to perpetrate all sorts of dastardly acts.

“They dump refuse indiscriminately on the median of major roads and highways. They also pose serious security threats because they use those carts to hide arms and ammunition, and hide under the guise of carrying refuse to rob unsuspecting residents”, the SSG says.

He also stated that the State Government has finalised plans to ensure that the CLI would cover every area of the State and ensure that refuse are well packed and collected, urging residents to desist from patronising them or risk prosecution.

He says: “The State Government has declared zero tolerance for the activities of cart pushers and wheelbarrow operators. Security agencies in the State have been directed to ensure that those found still operating are arrested and prosecuted according to the State Environmental Laws.”

“The law also applies to residents who patronise cart pushers. It is an offence and the State Government would not hesitate to enforce the law to put a stop to such practice.”

100 Comments

  1. These people operates in different sectors;
    1. those that collect scraps/refuse
    2. those that move goods within and around market areas
    3. those ones that drags road with motorist in non market areas with load almost touching the sky
    4. the Meruwas (semi automobile water tankers)…

    I think the state government should check their activities instead of outright banning. Especially, those ones that operate within/around market areas and the Meruwas; They aren’t totally useless in some parts of the state.

  2. Definitely not a good ideal. It just goes as far to tell us how clueless our leaders are. A state generating hundreds of billions yearly can not have a stable and good waste management system.
    Why won’t there be flood when dirts are dispose or picked up once a week.

    The problem is not the cart pusher or yhe wheel barrow. They are the problem.

  3. Are we again throwing some hausa migrants out of jobs cus dos things being banned is their primary source of livelihood. from sale of water to hawking of fruits and load carrying in market places

  4. In as much as the Governor wants the best for Lagos, he shouldn’t fail to provide an alternative for those who buy stocks/go
    ods that needs the services of wheelbarrows.
    He’d have also given the wheelbarrow pushers some “reasonable” time to find another business.

  5. Whoever advised the
    governor to go this route by removing the PSPs is the
    No.1 enemy of the public. The current arrangement is
    not working; Ambode please revert to where you met
    Lagos in 2015.

  6. I hope someone has told Gov Ambode that Vision
    Scope cannot clean up Lagos. I was in Mushin today
    and what I saw shocked me – there were mountains of
    refuse everywhere. Half of the road was already claimed
    by refuse including the road median. Lagos has
    returned to her filthy days and it is becoming pathetic.
    Since the PSPs were withdrawn from the streets, Lagos
    has not remained the same again.

  7. Were the job for god sake, those people managing to survive at least..the government should provide for them available jobs to maintain themeselves

  8. So I go dey train dirty now…..psp hat comes whenever they like …..

    In my opinion I think individuals will dump their refuse on the roads and in the drains more than what is obtainable…..

    I recollect seeing individuals throwing out refuse from their vehicles on eko bridge and third mainland….the bus stops and roads are not left out…

    For this to be effecttive psp have to come for collection every three days.

  9. Please, considering the rate at which people are losing 9-5 jobs, banning alternatives where people struggle saddens me.

    I hope the state has plans to provide alternative employment as desperate people do desperate things.

    However i applaud the sanitary initiative and hope it is implemented successfully.

    1. Definitely not a good ideal. It just goes as far to tell us how clueless our leaders are. A state generating hundreds of billions yearly can not have a stable and good waste management system.
      Why won’t there be flood when dirts are dispose or picked up once a week.

      The problem is not the cart pusher or yhe wheel barrow. They are the problem.

  10. He may have done a good thing, but let’s keep it real, he just drove away their source of income. Now they’d be bereaved over this.

  11. now this a great challenge, apart from them feeding their families, people will have to carry their load themselves in market and other places……. I think this is not a good idea

  12. The governor should also provide saner alternatives in stead of the carts and wheelbarrows. Unfortunately, this may be misinterpreted by so many people.

  13. The governor should try and provide jobs for those wheelbarrow pushers because some of them feed their families with it.

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