22 November 2000

Nigeria: Lagos State Enacts Tough Laws On Environment

Lagos, Nigeria — Nigeria's Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, has signed into law a new bill aimed at ensuring better environmental sanitation in the state.

Tagged the "Environmental Sanitation Bill 2000", the new law prescribes tough penalties for offenders and formalised the establishment of a sanitation corps to enforce the law.

In addition, a special offence court is to be set up to try sanitation offenders.

Under the law, patronage of unregistered private refuse collectors will attract a three-month jail term or a fine of 10,000 naira while posting of bills will attract the same amount as fine.

Other penalties include a fine of 20,000 naira for failure to clean drains in front of one's house; 5,500 naira fine for throwing litter from a moving vehicle, 10,000 naira fine for illegal dumping of refuse; 100,000 fine for cutting of roads without approval and 2,500 naira fine for dirty toilets in restaurants, hotels, shops and schools.

Tinubu described the law as "ground breaking" and advised the newly engaged Private Sector Participants in the state's environmental sanitation programme not to exploit the people, considering that they enjoyed a monopoly under the new dispensation.

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