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Embrace Waste Containerisation – LAWMA MD Charges Lagosians

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…As Odumboni Launches “Adopt-a-bin” Initiative

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni has charged residents to fully embrace waste containerization, to aid the seamless evacuation of waste, to prevent flooding, as the rainy season approaches.

He also enjoined Lagosians to procure the standard waste bins, for easy segregation and perfect containerisation of waste, in line with the recently launched “Adopt-a-bin” initiative.

Odumboni made the appeal on Tuesday, during an advocacy program in Agege Local Government and Orile-Agege Local Council Development Area, in continuation of his stakeholders’ meeting, aimed at educating people across the 57 local government areas in the state, on waste management best practices.

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Embrace Waste Containerisation - LAWMA MD charges Lagosians
The Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni (m); rep. of chairman, Orile-Agege LCDA, Hon. Oluwatoyin Kafilat Pedro (2nd left); Council House Leader, Hon. Wale Fayemi (L); Council Treasurer, Mr. Onakoya Adeniyi (2nd right); and LAWMA’s Executive Director Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, during the Orile-Agege LCDA stakeholders’ meeting on solid waste management, held at the council Secretariat, on Tuesday, 22nd March 2022.

He said the standard waste bins were durable and fitted with smart devices, making them some of the best obtainable anywhere in the world, noting, however, that residents could choose to procure alternative bins to store their waste.

He said: “We are here today because your well-being is our priority. Health they say is wealth. This is our watchword in LAWMA. We have come to encourage you to do the right thing at the right time, by procuring bins provided by LAWMA, you can pay by installment, rather than allowing refuse to litter carelessly on the streets. Those wastes alongside the ones dumped inside drainage would cause flooding when it rains. It can only get better if we all cooperate to do what is right”.

“These two councils have developed tremendously over time, I must commend the leadership of the councils for a job well done, especially in the area of environmental cleanliness. We want you to do more. Empower your youths, LAWMA will train them on waste policing, let them assist health officers, and help carry out enforcement against recalcitrant tenements. Some of these unemployed youths can also key into the business opportunities in recycling by sorting recyclable wastes like pet bottles, cans, cartons, sachet nylons, e.t.c, which can be sold to companies; they can make money from it”, Odumboni stressed.

The LAWMA boss, therefore, implored the leadership of market associations in the councils, community development associations, artisans, and residents, to patronize assigned PSPs, and desist from the patronage of cart-pushers.

In his speech, the chairman of Agege Local Government Area, Alhaji Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi, represented by the Vice-Chairman, Hon. Gbenga Abiola disclosed that an executive bill to support the environment and promote sanitation in the area would soon be passed.

“This initiative is indeed laudable. Lagos State always sets the pace while others follow. Here in Agege, we hold discussions on environmental cleanliness with our CDAs and CDCs and we have ensured perfect hygiene is maintained. We assure you that the theme of discourse will be spread across all wards in the council and a positive outcome will be achieved”, Abiola noted.

In his remarks, the Chairman of Orile-Agege Local Community Development Area, Hon. Johnson Babatunde, represented by the Vice-chairman, Hon. Akanni Pedro Oluwatoyin, appreciated the Authority for organizing the event, noting that it would contribute to positive attitudinal change among the people.

Also commenting, the Council Leader of Agege Local Government, Hon. Najeem Oloruntoyin assured that the legislative arm of the council would enact laws backing youth empowerment in waste management, expressing optimism that it would go a long way in improving the economic development of the youths.

For inquiries and waste management-related complaints, please call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617.

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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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…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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