By Tony Nwanne
The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has reiterated its commitment to clampdown on markets, individuals and firms who violates the State’s environmental regulation.
The agency maintained that it will sanction the owners of 15 facilities among the 20 it caught in 2015 for various environmental infractions after giving them various options for compliance.
Adebola Shabi, the General Manager of the agency made this known during the yearly compliance workshop, with the theme: Self-compliance: Key to Environmental Management Effectiveness, organised by the agency at Alausa in Ikeja, the state capital.
Shabi said the workshop was aimed at ensuring a robust interaction with facility operators on how to address environmental challenges across the state.
While the state government was not happy to sanction the residents and major players in its public life, he maintained that the measures were necessary to stem disruption in the state’s economic and social life and to correct the government’s and its agencies’ images.
He said no responsible government would tolerate environmental abuses because public health, safety and order were vital to sustainable development.
According to him, “we must be determined to make our environment safe. Let us collectively combat environmental pollution in the state.”