DUMPSITE FIRE: Lagosians Wear Nose Mask, Shops Remain Closed
"I would rather wear this mask than expose myself to any health hazard.
"Imagine what would go into my lungs as I walk all the way from here (Motorways bus-stop) to my office which is after that commercial bank?
"The government had better come and clear out this nonsense immediately".
Adebayo Omoniyi looked tired and blinked several times while he spoke told our correspondent as he walked to work.
He had gotten off the bus at Motorways to easy into Ziatech road before coasting to Ikosi.
Omoniyi is a stock broker. He commutes along this route everyday to get to his office. He is a father of two toddlers and he is concerned about his health especially with the fumes oozing from the mountain of refuse at the Olusosun dumpsite.
"They came here yesterday with fire fighting machines. I was wondering how the amount of water in those tankers will put out this massive inferno.
"What if it was a mudslide, an earthquake or torrential floods? Where would we all run to? I am really concerned by the level of response and the infrastructure we have", Omoniyi added.
The fumes can be seen from Alapere area as you inching closer to Toll Gate bus stop. Hundreds of commuters in public transport buses are forced to inhale this fume while in traffic.
Private car owners who can afford the extra cost of a functional Air Conditioner in their vehicles maybe more fortunate but after more minutes in traffic, the fumes begin to sip in.
No one is free of the environmental hazard. Efforts by Bounce News to reach the Lagos state commissioner for information, Kehinde Bamigbetan proved futile.
He did not return several phone calls neither did he reply text messages.
However, a report posted on lagosstate.gov.ng suggests security operatives have begun a investigation into the cause of the fire.
The report says Police officers have arrested over 80 miscreants, recovered a toy gun, dangerous weapons, fake currency and substances suspected to be cannabis from squatters at the dumpsite.
But is that enough? Shouldn't the entire area be temporarily cordoned off to avert further health hazards?
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