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Bins in Homes, Solution To Lagos Island Waste Issues – Odumboni

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Bins in Homes, Solution to Lagos Island Waste Issues – Odumboni

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has challenged households in Lagos Island to acquire waste bins, for proper keeping and easy evacuation of their waste.

He threw the challenge during a stakeholder meeting organized by LAWMA, at Lagos Island West Local Government, Iso, Onigari, where he insisted that the real headache behind the waste mess around the Island, was the lack of waste bins in respective homes.

In a statement released by Folashade Kadiri, Director of Public Affairs; Odumboni said, if residents had waste bins in every home, properly containerizing their waste, it would prevent litter which is a common sight on Lagos Island and enable easy evacuation.

The LAWMA helmsman said, “The problem with waste management on the island here is the non-availability of waste bins in households. If you have waste bins, you can properly containerize your waste and there will be no litter everywhere. It will make evacuation easy and everywhere will be clean. Lagos Island cannot be left this way, we have to make a change”.

He said it was not mandatory to purchase LAWMA bins, but just ensure you have any bin to properly package their waste.

Bins in Homes, Solution to Lagos Island Waste Issues - Odumboni
Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).
Bins in Homes, Solution to Lagos Island Waste Issues - Odumboni
A cross-section of participants at the Lagos Island West Local Govt stakeholders’ meeting on solid waste management in the state, held at the council secretariat, on Tuesday, 5th April 2022.
Bins in Homes, Solution to Lagos Island Waste Issues – Odumboni
The Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni (m); rep. of the council chairman, Hon. Mohammed Eshilokun (3rd left); LAWMA’s Executive Director of Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi (2nd left); AGM. Performance Management, Mrs. Tawa Oyekanmi (3rd right); and Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Olohunwa Tijani (2nd right), during the Local Govt stakeholders’ meeting on solid waste management in the state, at the council secretariat, on Tuesday, 5th April 2022.

Responding, the council chairman, Hon. Tijani Adetoyese Olusi, represented by his vice, Hon. Mohammed Eshinloken, hinted at the recruitment of youths as drainage guards to clear the drainage channels around the Island, adding that it was a way of empowering the youths and keeping the environment clean.

“We have recruited youths here as drainage guards to clear our gutters. This will help to frequently desilt the drainage channels and improve our environment. We are also appealing to the government to help find a lasting solution to environmental pollution,” he concluded.

LAWMA’s Executive Director of finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, and the Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Olorunwa Tijani, both enjoined residents to enhance environment-friendly habits and stop patronizing cart pushers.

The Community Development Committee chairman for Lagos Island West, Chief Abu Elemoro, commended LAWMA for the stakeholders’ meeting, calling for a continuation of such consultation, to arrest the people’s attention.

Also present were Iyaloja general Lagos Island West; Alhaja Rasikat Abeje Lasisi, supervisor for the environment; Alhaji Audu Atanda, AGM performance management; Mrs. Tawa Oyekanmi, AGM west district; Mr. Akinwale Adeshina, among others.

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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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