LASEPA re­opens 26 shut fa­cil­i­ties

The Punch - - METRO - Oluwatosin Omo­juyigbe

THE La­gos State En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency has an­nounced the re­open­ing of 26 shut fa­cil­i­ties in the state af­ter com­ply­ing with the en­vi­ron­men­tal laws guid­ing their op­er­a­tions, while two oth­ers have been asked to re­lo­cate to other ar­eas.

The fa­cil­i­ties were ear­lier sealed off for vi­o­lat­ing the state’s en­vi­ron­men­tal laws.

The Gen­eral Man­ager, LASEPA, Dolapo Fa­sawe, who stated this in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day, also warned res­i­dents of the state not to en­gage in noise pol­lu­tion un­der the guise of cel­e­brat­ing the dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod.

She noted that the warn­ing be­came im­per­a­tive as the agency had re­ceived sev­eral re­ports of abuse of the en­vi­ron­ment and in­fringe­ment on in­di­vid­u­als’ rights to peace­ful liv­ing.

Fa­sawe stated, “We can make merry with­out mak­ing noise; we should be good neigh­bours and re­spect the rights of oth­ers to a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment and i want you to re­mem­ber that a noise­less cel­e­bra­tion is a peace­ful cel­e­bra­tion, and this should be demon­strated through our ac­tions to our neigh­bours and the en­vi­ron­ment.

“in ad­di­tion to the re­open­ing of the 26 fa­cil­i­ties out of the 28 ear­lier sealed off by of­fi­cials of our agency, the re­main­ing two fa­cil­i­ties were or­dered to re­lo­cate from their present lo­ca­tions to more suit­able places for their ac­tiv­i­ties. We can­not iso­late the metropoli­tan city from so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, but their un­wanted im­pact must be min­imised and reg­u­lated for peace­ful co­ex­is­tence and har­mo­nious work­ing re­la­tion­ship.”

Fa­sawe added that the state gov­ern­ment would not hes­i­tate to bring the full weight of the law on any in­di­vid­ual, who failed to be guided in their con­duct or those who con­tin­u­ously in­fringe on the rights of oth­ers un­der the guise of cel­e­bra­tion.

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