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Sort Your Waste And Get Reduction In Waste Bill, Says Odumboni

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Sort Your Waste And Get Reduction In Waste Bill, Says Odumboni

…”LAWMA was engaging recycling as a veritable tool, to tackle the challenge of plastic pollution” – Odumboni

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has again stressed the need for waste sorting for residents, hinting that comes April, residents who comply would get a reduction in waste bills and an increase for those who don’t.

He said this while interacting with journalists in his office at Ijora-Olopa, Lagos, adding that LAWMA was engaging recycling as a veritable tool, to tackle the challenge of plastic pollution, as the state generated about 13,000 metric tonnes of waste daily, with plastic materials constituting seventeen percent.

According to him, “From April, you will get a reduction in your waste bill if you sort your waste at source and vice versa if you don’t. I am appealing to estates, companies, and all residents to comply. What we face in Lagos is challenging. In fact, Lagos is the 5th largest economy in Africa; and population-wise, we have over 25 million people living in the city. Scientifically, we’ve estimated that each individual generates about 0.69 kg daily. That’s what we are dealing with – over 13,000 metric tonnes of waste daily, seventeen percent of those are plastic-related wastes.

Sort Your Waste And Get Reduction In Waste Bill, Says Odumboni
Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).
Sort Your Waste And Get Reduction In Waste Bill, Says Odumboni
Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni,

Odumboni stated further that the recycling initiative for waste management had gained traction, since the inception of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, with the number of recycling companies operating in the state growing from only three to 78.

He observed, Since the launch of the recycling initiative by Mr. Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, we’ve grown from three recycling companies to 78 recycling companies and still counting. We currently have more than 600 aggregators, and over 6000 jobs created in the sector so far. So you can see that we’ve started a movement and a growth. It’s over two years now and the progress that is being made is enormous.

The LAWMA boss reiterated the massive impact of recycling on the lives of many citizens, with the creation of jobs to alleviate unemployment challenges, and the positive impact on environmental sustainability, adding that more opportunities would still be created.

He further announced that the agency, as part of efforts to expand the recycling initiative, would partner with the BASF Group, on a project to convert waste to chemicals, aimed at reducing the environmental impact caused by plastic waste in the state.

He called on corporate organizations, to join forces with the Authority, to create awareness among residents on the need to be actively involved in recycling, with attendant benefits for the people and the environment.

For inquiries on recycling and waste management-related issues in your area, please call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617 (for GLO users).

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LAWMA Destroys Over 400 Carts

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…says cart pushers constitute a security challenge

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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has destroyed more than 400 carts, confiscated from pushers, who serially dump waste at unauthorized locations across the city, in clear violation of environmental laws of the state.

Commenting on the exercise which took place at LAWMA’s Ogudu facility, the Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated that the exercise which would be a continuous one became necessary to weaken the ability of the cart pushers to return to business and to decimate the cart population defacing the cityscape, stressing that the activities of cart pushers across the Lagos metropolis remained banned.

He observed that cart pushers posed a threat not only to environmental sustainability but to the security of residents, as many cart pushers harbor dangerous weapons like knives, machetes, and others, to perpetrate criminal activities.

According to him, “Cart pushers are about the biggest threat to our effort at attaining environmental sustainability. We will not allow anyone or a group of persons to derail the ongoing efforts to make the environment better. Criminal elements have hidden under this guise to carry out heinous crimes. If there are no carts to push, they will get other jobs.

“They pose as much threat to the environment as to the security of the citizens. It will shock you to know that many of them keep weapons like knives, machetes, etc, in their carts to attack and dispossess unsuspecting persons when the opportunity presents itself. One of such cart pushers was tried and jailed last week, having been apprehended at Victoria Island, vandalizing and stealing the government’s iron rods. There have been many reported cases of theft of movable items from people’s compounds traced to them”.

The LAWMA boss disclosed that opportunity was open for repentant cart-pushers, to step forward, get registered with LAWMA, be given proper orientation, and be trained as pickers and off-takers of recyclables, working hand in hand with other stakeholders in the waste management chain.

Odumboni maintained that the government was not interested in taking away their means of livelihood, which however has to be within the confines of the law.

The LAWMA boss reaffirmed the agency’s total commitment to making the State’s city space an environment-friendly one, urging residents to join the Authority’s quest for a cleaner Lagos by shunning improper waste disposal, paying their waste bills, and patronizing assigned PSP operators.

Also commenting, the president of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, AWAMN, Mr. David Oriyomi, lauded the government’s constant support for the association, promising a new era of fruitful collaboration with LAWMA.

Present were LAWMA’s Executive Director of Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi; Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Olohunwa Tijani; Head, Enforcement Unit, Mr. Idowu Sanni; and other stakeholders.

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Court Jails Environmental Offender

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Court Jails Environmental Offender

…LAWMA makes it clear that cart pushing remains outlawed in the state

By Moninuola Sulaiman

A Lagos mobile court at Bolade Oshodi, headed by magistrate T. O. Fashina, has jailed for three months (3-months) a 32-year-old environmental offender, Abubakar Sanni, who posed under the guise of cart pushing, to vandalize and steal iron rods at Karim Kotun area of Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, made this known on Saturday, following the apprehension and prosecution of the cart pusher.

He said, “The Authority wants to make it clear that cart pushing remains outlawed in the state. The menace of cart pushers has led to the rise of indiscriminate waste disposal, coupled with the fact that criminal elements now hide under it to perpetuate their crimes”.

Odumboni noted that the Authority, since the inception of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, had introduced various programs and initiatives aimed at making Lagos cleaner and livable for all, as well as empowering PSP operators, to effectively discharge their statutory duties.

“Since the present administration assumed office, we have taken definite steps towards addressing waste management challenges in the state. One of such was, absorbing many of the outlawed cart pushers into the business of recycling, so as to preserve their livelihood. However, this magnanimous gesture of government shouldn’t be taken for granted,” he stated.

Court Jails Environmental Offender
Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni.

The LAWMA boss reminded the general public of the current offensive on all forms of environmental infractions, adding that the agency would not fold its hands and watch some people destroy efforts targeted at making the environment in the state a sustainably cleaner one, adding that anyone caught contravening the Environmental Laws would face the full wrath of the law.

“Our enforcement team has been repositioned to monitor the environment across the metropolis and ensure that environmental defaulters are arrested and prosecuted. Currently, some offenders have been arrested and prosecuted for various infractions. This will serve as a deterrent to those bent on eroding the recent gains made on the environment,” he said.

Odumboni renewed his plea for environmental friendliness, urging residents to embrace the culture of bagging and containerizing their waste, and patronizing assigned PSP operators instead of cart pushers, who engage in indiscriminate dumping of refuse at road medians, canals, and other unauthorized locations.

Residents were also admonished to call LAWMA toll-free lines 07080601020 and 617, for all complaints and inquiries on waste management-related matters in their area.

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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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