A prominent traditional ruler and scrap dealer in Lagos has appealed to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to rescind his administration’s decision to ban cart pushers in the state.
Sarkin Yan Gwangon- Jahar Yamma, Alhaji Ibrahm Abdullahi Soja in a chat with Daily Trust said banning cart pushers would hurt the business of scrap dealers whom he said are into converting waste to wealth.
There has been a raging controversy over the ban on cart pushers in the state with scrap dealers kicking against it, insisting they are not into refuse collection in the state.
Adding his voice to the debate, Abdullahi who is the Chairman in 17 Southern states of Nigeria said the carts being used by scrap dealers were not meant for refuse collection which the state government is trying to stop.
“We are appealing to the government to have a second look at the ban. These carts are what we use to pick scraps especially in areas which vehicles cannot penetrate. We are not against the government Cleaner Lagos Initiative. We support it but we want the government to understand our own business.
“I am an ardent supporter of government and I have been supporting them since the days of AD (Alliance for Democracy) and I am a strong member of APC”, he said.
He advised the governor and the Commissioner for Environment to call the Task Force to order over indiscriminate arrest of cart pushers who work with scrap dealers in the state.