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LAWMA Academy To Hold Waste Essay Competition

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LAWMA Academy, the educational arm of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, is set to hold its second waste essay competition for Lagos residents, tagged” Impacts of Waste Containerization on Effective Waste Management”.

According to a release by LAWMA, the competition among other things is to promote awareness of its recently launched “Adopt-a-Bin program”, as well as broaden participants’ knowledge in the area of waste management and environmental sustainability.

It states: “Our portal is open for the second edition of the waste competition with the topic, ‘Impact of waste containerization of effective waste management. This is in line with LAWMA’s current initiative to promote proper waste containerization through the Adopt-a-Bin program launched on 23rd February 2022. We believe that this will help to get people’s opinion on waste containerization and recommendations to help in remodeling the program”.

LAWMA Academy To Hold Waste Essay Competition

The statement stated further, that the essay competition is open to persons aged 18yrs – 30yrs, with cash prizes of ₦50,000 for the winner, ₦30,000 for the first runner-up, and ₦20,000 for the second runner-up.

The release advised participants to visit LAWMA’s portal for full guidelines, indicating that the maximum essay length is 1500 words, to be submitted in a Word file, with a Times New Roman font, size 12.

Eligibility criteria include being resident in Lagos; the biodata accompanying the essay must include: date of birth, gender, address, and occupation, while participants are expected to follow LAWMA’s social media handles.

The first edition of the competition was conducted in August 2020, with over 250 entries received.

For further inquiries, call these numbers: 08035016056 and 07080601020, or send an email to academy@lawma.gov.ng.

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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

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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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