The General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Agency, (LASEPA), Mr Adebola Shabi, said rearing animals in residential areas constituted a huge environmental menace.
He told newsmen in Lagos that animal urine and excreta always constituted a public nuisance.
‘Rearing of animals in residential areas is now a big issue as it constitutes a lot of environmental problems.’
‘Animal wastes like urine, excreta and other body fluids, is not good for humans.’
‘By the time water touches the waste, it forms filter polypore.’
‘The wastes can also degrade to an ammonia substance which is dangerous to human beings,’ he said.
According to him, the 1979 Constitution allows people to have pets such as dogs and cats but not to keep a large number that are capable of constituting a nuisance.
Shabi said that the sanitation unit of the Ministry of Environment deals with the issue as part of an sanitation offence.
He recalled that the agency recently received four complaints on the rearing of domestic animals in residential areas.
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