Key players in the environment sector have praised the Lagos State House of Assembly for proposed amendment to the state’s environmental law.
The stakeholders praised the Assembly at a public hearing on “A Law to Amend the Environmental Management and Protection Law, 2017” in Ikeja.
At the hearing which was held by the Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi-led House Committee on the Environment, saw many environment and safety experts hail the move by the Assembly to strengthen the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).
An Environmentalist, Mr Olugbenga Adebola, while speaking on the proposed amendment, said, “I will like to commend the proactive Lagos State House of Assembly members for this amendment.
“For a long part of 2016 and 2017, we had a big issue in the environment family. It is good that more power be given to LAWMA as the regulator. I hope LAWMA would be able to manage this. I commend the House.”
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The Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashirun Obasa, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, said in his address that the move was aimed at making waste management in Lagos state orderly and to also benefit the environment.
The Majority Leader of the House, Mr Sanai Agunbiade revealed that only 48 sections of the 526-section extant law would be affected by the proposed amendment.
The President of the Association of Waste Managers, Mr Ola Egbeyemi, was full of praise for the Lagos State Assembly’s proposed move:
“We have good laws but those laws are found ineffective because of enforcement. We should thank the lawmakers for revisiting this controversial law that have actually caused a lot of retrogression,” he said.