ANNOUNCEMENT: Wheelbarrow and truck pushers banned in Lagos henceforth
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.”