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LAWMA MD, Odumboni Lauds Surulere LG For Consistent Clean Environment

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LAWMA MD, Odumboni Lauds Surulere LG

…Counsels Others On Waste Sorting, Policing

Rashidat Olushola Okunlade

The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni has commended residents of Surulere Local Government Area, for maintaining a consistently clean environment, resulting in the choice as the cleanest local government in Lagos State, during the 2021 metropolitan competition.

Odumboni who gave the commendation at a stakeholder’s meeting on solid waste management across LCDAs in the state, held at the council secretariat, enjoined residents not to rest on their oars, in order to inspire other communities still lagging behind.

Commenting on the essence of implementing sustainable waste management practices in the council, the LAWMA boss noted that the community youths were a worthy resource that should be trained, to police vulnerable areas from indiscriminate waste disposal and black spots.

LAWMA MD, Odumboni Lauds Surulere LG

According to him, “Surulere Local Government is making a significant impact on its youths, with a lot of empowerment going on. Indeed, the sky is your starting point. LAWMA is an advocate of youth empowerment, we are ready to help you train them on waste policing. Let them man areas where cart pushing business is thriving and get them arrested for violating environmental laws of the land.

Speaking further, he said, “Waste sorting is the way to go as the landfills are overstretched. More than four billion plastic bottles are generated annually and it takes about 450 years for a single plastic bottle to dissolve. Therefore, I urge everyone to sort their waste at source, especially organized estates. The same goes for companies, shops, and other businesses. Beginning from April, there will be an increment on the waste bills of estates and organizations who refuse to sort their waste at source’’.

The chairman of the council, Hon. Sulaimon Bamidele Yusuf, in his remarks, commended LAWMA’s effort, adding that the council had acquired a compactor for carting away community waste after environmental sanitation on Thursday.

In another development, LAWMA’s Executive Director, Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, had charged youths in Epe Local Government and Eredo Local Council Development Area, to be involved in waste policing, to apprehend defaulters whose activities deface the environment.

Mr. Adebiyi, who represented LAWMA’s managing director at the stakeholders’ meetings organized respectively in Epe LGA and Eredo LCDA, observed that residents needed to do more, in the area of cooperation with the PSP operators assigned to their areas, adding that the operators had been mandated to upscale their services and deliver effectively on assigned responsibilities.

Responding, the council-manager for Epe Local Government, Hon. Olakunle Bakare, who represented the council chairman, commended LAWMA for its good job in the town and appealed for more PSP operators in the area.

He hinted at the recruitment of youths as street captains, for waste policing around the town, to ensure a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

On his own part, the Eredo LCDA chairman, represented by his vice, Hon. Lateef Adesanya, also praised LAWMA for its sustained efforts, promising to do the needful to achieve the right environmental behavior by the people.

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LAWMA Renews Offensive Against Infractions

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LAWMA Renews Offensive Against Infractions

…Arrest 65 environmental offenders

…”LAWMA is not a toothless bulldog, Says Odumboni

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has renewed its offensive against environmental abuses, resulting in the arrest of no less than 65 persons, at various locations around the state.

The Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, disclosed this during a chat in his office at Ijora, adding that the renewed offensive would spare no offender, as tough times await environmental offenders for willfully abusing the environment.

In a statement released by Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.) Director, Public Affairs, LAWMA, Odumboni noted that for too long LAWMA had pleaded with the public to shun deliberate acts that deface the cityscape but with very poor cooperation from a clear majority.

According to him: “LAWMA is not a toothless bulldog. For too long we have pleaded, that now is time to act. The new offensive is on autopilot and would spare no violator. People must be made to pay for deliberately sabotaging their habitat. Many people have been picked up at different locations caught in the act, and will be prosecuted as a deterrent to other adamant persons”.

“Indiscriminate waste disposal has serious consequences on the environment, such as blockage of drainage channels, canals, defacing of environment, and spreading of infectious diseases, among other”, he concluded.

LAWMA Renews Offensive Against Infractions

LAWMA Boss, Ibrahim Odumboni reiterated the Authority’s total commitment to the cleanliness of every nook and cranny of the state, urging residents to imbibe the culture of effective waste management.

Odumboni further disclosed, that his agency was working with the Neighborhood Watch and the Motor Vehicle Administration Agency, MVAA, for effective human and camera surveillance, to track and apprehend persons and motorists, engaging in waste migration around the city.

He renewed his appeal for standard and civilized environmental habits, for the common good of everyone.

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LAWMA Warns Against Harassment/Attack Of Its Personnel

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LAWMA Warns Against Harassment/Attack Of Its Personnel

The attention of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has been drawn to an attack on one of its highway workers (sweeper), who was seriously injured with a hammer and left with a broken skull, at Isolo Road, Isolo by some unscrupulous elements, bent on disrupting the Authority’s ongoing efforts to establish a cleaner and healthier environment in the state.

The victim has since been rushed to the hospital for intensive medical care.

Speaking on the incident, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, condemned the act and warned that the attack would not be condoned by the state government.

Odumboni said: “One of our highway workers (sweeper) carrying out his lawful duty at Isolo, was attacked with a hammer by a miscreant by name Alao Idris resulting to a broken skull, which required immediate medical attention to salvage the situation”.

“This sort of unprovoked attack will not deter us from rendering our services. However, we are sounding a note of warning to miscreants determined to undermine our efforts, that the state government will not tolerate these dastard acts, as perpetrators will be brought to book”, he said.

The incident happened in the early hours of today when the personnel was going about his lawful duty of sweeping the street.

Alao Idris has since been arrested and handed over to the police for interrogation and prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others with similar intentions.

LAWMA, hereby reiterates its appeal to the public, to treat the highway workers with humanness and refrain from attacking them under whatever guise, as anyone caught doing so will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Odumboni appealed to residents to support and ensure that essential service providers like LAWMA were allowed to discharge their responsibilities in the state, without any fear of harassment, molestation, and attack, adding that establishing cleanliness in the state was a collective responsibility, requiring all hands to be on deck.

He also admonished the populace to shun all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal, which had attendant negative environmental consequences, such as the blockage of drainage channels, especially as the rainy season drew near.

For contacts with LAWMA, the Public is enjoined to call the following LAWMA’S tool-free line: 07080601020 and 617.

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Eid-el-Fitr: LAWMA MD Canvasses Environmental Sustainability

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Eid-el-Fitr: LAWMA MD Canvasses Environmental Sustainability

…As Odumboni wishes everyone Happy Workers’ Day

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Determined to consolidate on its ongoing efforts to rid the state of filth, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has called on residents to intentionally work towards ensuring a cleaner and livable environment, during and after the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr festivities.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, made the call in his office at Ijora, Lagos, on Monday, adding that the Authority’s sanitation workers and waste managers, had been mandated to work relentlessly across the metropolis, to ensure a filth-free Fitr celebration.

He said, “In anticipation of an increase in waste generation during and after the celebration, we have intensified our operations, deploying our personnel at strategic points in the state, to clean the roads, highways, and markets, as well as facilitating clearance of black spots defacing the environment.”

“We know that during major festivities like this, more waste will be generated by residents and we are fully prepared to cart away the waste with promptitude”, he stressed.

Eid-el-Fitr: LAWMA MD Canvasses Environmental Sustainability
Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).

Odumboni also stated that PSP operators had been tasked with providing satisfactory waste management services to the generality of residents, by ensuring prompt evacuation of waste, irrespective of assigned days, adding that LAWMA would provide backup services, to close any noticeable service gaps.

“We are totally committed to making sure that Lagosians have a wonderful Sallah celebration. We are also working with the Ministry of the Environment, our supervisory ministry, and other stakeholders, to help us achieve our objectives,” he stated.

Wishing Lagosians a happy Sallah celebration, the LAWMA boss called on residents to shun indiscriminate dumping of waste and embrace the culture of sorting and bagging of waste, especially animal waste, to avoid pollution of the environment, and to facilitate easy evacuation.

“Improper waste disposal at unauthorized locations such as drains, road medians, and canals, is a major challenge we are tackling, and we won’t rest on our oars until we realize our aim. So we are appealing to our people to bag their wastes and containerize them near their houses, for easy evacuation by assigned PSP operators, ” he said.

While describing the LAWMA’s workforce as heroes, for their diligence in keeping Lagos’s environment clean, he wished them happy Workers’ Day and admonished residents to call the Authority’s toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617, for complaints and inquiries.

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