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The Lagos State Government has urged residents to ensure compliance with effective and efficient waste management, especially in coastal communities across the state.
According to a statement on Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr Omobolaji Gaji, stated this during an advocacy meeting held at the Lagos State University, Ojo.
Gaji, who was represented by the Director of Sanitation Services, Office of Environmental Services, Dr Hassan Sanuth, explained that coastal communities are at great risk of environmental issues.
He said, “We all need to take recourse in ensuring compliance to effective and efficient waste management, wastewater storage and disposal, sanitary tank construction and management. Communities in Ojo, Ikorodu, Ibeju Lekki, Badagry, and Apapa are at great risk and are sensitive to these prevailing environmental issues and danger looms if human attitude to the environment is not appropriately checked.
“The anthropogenic activities of residents in coastal communities in the state following constant pollution and encroachment in various forms threaten the ecosystems. These include indiscriminate disposal of industrial and human waste dumped on wetlands and river banks.”
The Director of Environmental Education Unit, Mrs Monsurat Banire, said most septic tanks in communities in Ojo were poorly constructed hence water from the septic tanks were discharged directly into the drainage channels and the roads.