The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has said that there had been a slight reduction in marine waste since the launch of its waterways clean-up campaign in collaboration with private stakeholders.
Recall that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Feb. 12 launched Waterways Clean-up Campaign in a bid to enhance safety on the waterways.
The governor said that the waterways clean-up campaign was a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to safe, clean and friendly water transportation.
Assessing the impact of the campaign, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, the General Manager of LASWA, said that the exercise and awareness campaign had reduced volume of waste on waterways
Emmanuel said that with reduction of waste on waterways, transportation would be enhanced with lesser risks.
He urged members of the public, especially people living along the coastal lines and marketers along the water bodies, to stop pushing waste into the waterways.
Emmanuel said that after the awareness campaign, anybody caught in the act would be sanctioned.
“We are doing a lot now to clean up waterways; if some members of the public feel that they can sabotage our efforts and continue to push waste in the water bodies, we won’t tolerate such.
“If people persist in this, obviously there will be strict penalties for those who are caught in such act,” he said.
The general manager said that the authority’s research recently launched on waste would determine the sources, composition and estimate of marine litters as well as debris on the waterways.
The campaign is being carried out with the collaboration of some non-profit organisations including Temple Management Company, Food and Beverages Recycling Alliance (FIBRA) and ‘I love My Lagoon’, among others.