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LAGESC Urges Compliance With Styrofoam Ban

The newly-appointed Corps Marshal of the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Major Olaniyi Cole (retd.), has urged Lagosians to adhere to the ban placed on styrofoam and single-use plastics by the state government.

LAGESC’s Head, Public Affairs and Advocacy Unit, Ajayi Lukman, in a Monday statement, said the agency’s boss disclosed this while speaking at the Operational Headquarters of the agency on the commitment to tackle environmental menace.

“Major Olaniyi Cole (retd.) also re-echoed the blanket ban of the state on styrofoam and other single-use plastics as he enjoined Lagosians to hearken to the directive which is advantageous to the environment and collective health of Lagosians.

“He highlighted the hazards associated with the use of styrofoam, which include cancer and the non-biodegradable nature, comprising a large portion of generated waste at landfills due to the unrecyclable nature.

“In the same vein, he commended the resolve of commercial food outlets to package food in reusable plastic containers and enjoined food vendors to emulate the gesture,” the statement said.

The Corps Marshal appreciated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for reposing trust in him to lead the environmental enforcement agency in the state, promising to justify the appointment by repositioning LAGESC to further improve on service delivery via the promotion of environmental cleanliness in the state.

The Lagos State Government in January announced the ban on the use of styrofoam with immediate effect.

The government cited the huge environmental pollution in the state created by its indiscriminate disposal.

The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, who disclosed this said enough damage had been done already to the health of the people and the environment.

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