Toluwani Eniola

The Lagos State Government on Saturday banned cart pushers and wheelbarrow operators in the state, saying their activities were inimical to the environmental.

In a statement, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the activities of cart pushers posed a threat to the Cleaner Lagos Initiative.

Bello said investigations had also revealed that the cart pushers were responsible for most of the illegal dumping of wastes in canals and road medians at night which causes flooding.

He said the state government had finalised plans to ensure that the CLI would cover every area of the state and ensure that refuse are well packed and collected.

The SSG advised the residents to desist from patronising the cart pushers or risk prosecution.

He said, “Security agencies in the state have been directed to ensure that those still operating are arrested and prosecuted according to the State Environmental Laws. The law also applies to residents who patronise cart pushers.

“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 state government has declared zero tolerance for the activities of cart pushers and wheelbarrow operators. The state government would not hesitate to enforce the law to put a stop to such practice.”

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