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Environmentalist warns against imminent epidemic in Lagos

By Aliyu DANALDI

 An Environmentalist, Mrs Glory Williams, on Monday warned against the possibility of an epidemic in various parts of Lagos state due to the indiscriminate dumping of waste on  major streets and roads in the state.

Williams, who was speaking on environmental conservation in the metropolis, said in Lagos that the dumping of waste on major streets and roads in the Okokomaiko area of the state called for concern.

She urged the Lagos State Government to urgently evolve measures to avert the danger.

Williams said that, “it seems to have become a tradition in many parts of the state for people to dispose of their domestic waste on the roads and the stench was making life unbearable for both passersby and nearby residents.

“The worst case scenario is the Alaba Rago axis where cart pushers have turned the area into a huge dumpsite, within a neighbourhood of over 4,000 inhabitants.

“It is unfortunate that most of the perpetrators of this environmental nuisance are oblivious of their acts or inactions.

“We must not wait until we are consumed before we halt the ugly trend that is creeping into our living standards.

“It is time both the public and private social health workers go on to the field and educate the masses on the dangers of such actions,’’ Williams said.

She called on the local and state authorities to move to action and forestall what she referred to as a human-induced danger.

Reports that heaps of refuse have taken over Alaba Rago, a major link road to the Alaba International Market, making the road impassable for motorists.

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