Lagos State Government has uncovered a private property where nefarious activities are taking place contrary to what the place is meant for.
To this end, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) warned property owners to desist from letting out their facilities for illegal use and activities contrary to personal use claim or face the wrath of the law.
The General Manager of LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, gave the warning following the shocking discovery of an illegal storage and scrap yard behind a two-storey building in Ikorodu area of the State.
Briefing journalists on the discovery, Fasawe said that the agency received an anonymous call from concerned residents about the unfriendly environmental activities taking place at Salvation Avenue, off Ikorodu, Owode-Onirin, Lagos, and its potential negative effects on the lives of residents.
Dr. Fasawe said, “Our team, on the first visit were refused entry and could not access the property due to resistance from the security guards, who claimed the premises was private property and that the occupants were unavailable at the time of visit. Our conduct is guided by world best practices and thus, we posted an abatement notice to invite the property owner or concerned person, which was flagrantly ignored”.
“We, however, discovered during our second visit that the building housed an illegal scrap yard that engages in nefarious activities such as storage of unwholesome processed foods, repackaging of drugs and juice drinks, improper destruction of expired drugs, chemicals, recycling of metals as well as dismantling of electrical and electronics waste within the premises”, she added.
The General Manager expressed worry that people operate unlawfully in a residential environment unchallenged by neighbours, adding that individual selfish interests must not be allowed to supersede communal benefits.
While reminding residents and Community Development Associations (CDAs) to be mindful of who they allow into their neighbourhoods, the LASEPA boss pointed out that all expired drugs, chemicals as well as e-waste materials must be treated and recycled in a sustainable environment before disposal into the environment, saying that “This is to protect our earth, from man-made disaster; report all unlawful conduct to the authority for timely intervention”.
Dr. Fasawe enjoined all e-waste recycling operators to ensure they are registered and accredited by LASEPA as there would be no hidden place for illegal operators in Lagos.
She also revealed that the Agency has commenced investigation into the activities of the occupants of the building as samples taken have been submitted for laboratory analysis.