The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA)has urged the general public to desist from the harassment and attack of its personnel in the line of duty.
The Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, gave the warning in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos. Odumboni said that the attention of the authority was drawn to an attack on one of its highway worker (sweeper), who was seriously injured with hammer and left with a broken skull, at Isolo Road by an unscrupulous element.
According to him, the action of the offender is capable of disrupting the Authority’s ongoing efforts to establish cleaner and healthier environment in the state.
Odumboni, who condemned the act, warned that the attack would not be condoned by the state government.
“One of our highway worker (sweeper) carrying out his lawful duty at Isolo, was attacked with a hammer by a miscreant by name Alao Idris resulted to a broken skull, which required immediate medical attention to salvage the situation.
“Alao Idris has since been arrested and handed over to the police for interrogation and prosecution to serve as deterrent to others with similar intentions.”
Odunmboni, therefore, appeal to the public, to treat the highway workers with humaness and refrain from attacking them under whatever guise, “as anyone caught doing so will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”
He also, appealed to residents to support and ensure that essential service providers like LAWMA were allowed to discharge their responsibilities in the state, without any fear of harassment, molestation, and attack.
Odunmboni, added that establishing cleanliness in the state was a collective responsibility, requiring all hands to be on deck.
He also admonished the populace to shun all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal, which had attendant negative environmental consequences, such as the blockage of drainage channels, especially as the rainy season drew near.