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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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Backlog Of Waste In Lagos Will Be Things Of Past, Odumboni Assured

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Backlog Of Waste Will Be Things Of Past, Odumboni Assured

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has given assurance, that the backlog of waste dotting the cityscape would be a thing of the past in seven days.

He said this while coordinating operational activities around the city, adding that LAWMA would exploit the gradual cessation of rainfall and appreciable progress on landfill rehabilitation, to achieve the feat.

Odumboni said: “Thankfully, the rains have subsided, and coupled with the reasonable progress on rehabilitation at the landfills, all these are working for good to complement our efforts. I can tell you that in seven days, the backlog of refuse will be gone. We have re-energised our operational machinery, working in renewed collaboration with the PSP operators”.

He also stated that the Authority was working on a special arrangement with PSPs, to make sure that they rendered optimal service delivery, adding that the agency had been providing backup services in areas with noticeable service gaps.

“We are working on an arrangement to sort out some of the issues affecting the performance of PSP operators in the state, especially the issue of scarcity and high cost of diesel, which has practically undermined our efforts to rid the state of the waste backlog”, he stated.

The LAWMA boss urged residents to bag and containerise their waste and support efforts of the Authority to sanitise the environment, by shunning indiscriminate waste disposal, one of the major factors leading to flooding disasters and other attendant environmental hazards.

Also speaking, the president of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), Mr. David Oriyomi, noted that the PSP operators have a renewed commitment to their responsibility of maintaining a clean Lagos environment, despite obvious challenges, adding that the PSPs would stop at nothing to get the job done.

He promised that the PSP operators would continue to work closely with LAWMA, to discharge their statutory duties of evacuating waste generated by tenements in the state, appealing to residents to ensure prompt payment of their waste bills.

For inquiries and complaints on waste management-related issues in your area, please call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617.

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We Are Committed To A Clean Environment – LAWMA Boss

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We Are Committed To A Clean Environment - LAWMA Boss

…Appeals for waste containerisation

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has reassured residents of a firm commitment to a clean environment despite the challenge of diesel scarcity, while also appealing to them to bag and containerise their waste.

The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated this on Friday while monitoring the environment, adding that efforts were being intensified, to clear any backlog of refuse, and to stop acts of indiscriminate waste disposal around the city.

He said: “We have redoubled our efforts, working round the clock to ensure that we evacuate all waste anywhere around the city. Although the scarcity and high cost of diesel have been a major challenge, as all service providers’ trucks run on diesel, nonetheless, we are doing the needful and leaving no stone unturned, to maintain a clean environment and prevent health hazards to the people”.

“Over preceding months, we have rolled out advocacy and media sensitisation campaigns, to inform and educate residents on the importance of environmental cleanliness, particularly the act of waste containerisation. We have also supported efforts of PSP operators, by providing backup services in areas that experienced service gaps, with the overall aim of eradicating black spots across the metropolis”.

He appealed to residents to properly bag and containerise their waste to allow for more storage periods and prevent littering.

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LAWMA, Community Leaders Collaborate On Enforcement To Achieve Cleaner, And Livable Environment

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LAWMA, Community Leaders Collaborate On Enforcement To Achieve Cleaner, And Livable Environment

… Igando-Ikotun residents tasked with waste policing

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has reiterated its commitment to stamping out all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal in the state, by collaborating with various stakeholders, especially community leaders.

The Managing Director/CEO LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, made this known on Monday, stressing that the Authority had improved on waste policing activities across various communities, by strategically positioning personnel on the ground, to monitor the environment.

He said, “The task of achieving a cleaner and livable environment is one that requires the involvement of all stakeholders. This is why we are working with community leaders to stamp out improper waste disposal, which has exposed our environment and people living in it, to various hazards”.

LAWMA, Community Leaders Collaborate On Enforcement To Achieve Cleaner, And Livable Environment
Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Managing Director CEO LAWMA.

Odumboni said LAWMA’s enforcement team had embarked on a comprehensive statewide campaign, to arrest and prosecute those bent on causing environmental degradation in the metropolis, and derailing efforts of the Authority towards attaining a sustainable environment in the state.

“Our enforcement team has been made visible across various communities. They ensure total compliance with the state’s environmental laws, arresting defaulters and the outlawed cart pushers in the process. Business facilities known to have contravened the laws are also being sealed off, to serve as a deterrent to others”, he stated.

The LAWMA boss also charged Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area, with community waste policing, for a clean and sustainable environment, while urging residents of the area, to imbibe positive attitude change towards their surroundings.

He stated that community waste policing would create employment opportunities for the youths in the council, and would also forestall indiscriminate dumping of waste on roads medians, and other unauthorized locations, as the youths monitored identified black spots across the council area.

“Community waste policing is a sure way to sustain good waste management. It is also a means of youth empowerment and revenue generation. So I urge the council lawmakers to examine their bylaws and do the needful”, he stressed.

Mr. Odumboni highlighted the environmental and economic benefits of recycling and waste separation at the source, noting that the process would reduce the volume of wastes reaching the landfills, while also creating jobs.

He called on residents to cooperate with the Authority by bagging and containerizing their waste and patronizing assigned PSP operators, whose job is to evacuate waste generated by tenements, stressing that the task of keeping the environment clean is a collective one.

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