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LAWMA Boss, Odumboni Tasks Engineers, Says ‘Fabricate Affordable Bailing Machines’

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The Managing Director/CEO. Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni delivers a keynote address on "Synergizing for Maximum Impact", at a sector stakeholders’ consultative forum for plastic recycling value-chain, organized by GIZ, a German concern, at the Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja, on Wednesday, 6th April 2022.

…Odumboni frowned on the use of brown-colored pet bottles, for the packaging of plastic drinks, challenging Local Engineers

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The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has challenged innovative engineers in the state and the country, to design affordable bailing machines for plastic materials, and to make the recycling business more attractive and less capital intensive.

He also frowned on the use of brown-colored pet bottles, for the packaging of plastic drinks, urging such companies to stick to white transparent ones.

Odumboni made the observations in his keynote address, at a stakeholders’ consultative forum for plastic recycling value-chain, organised by Giz, a German concern, at the Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja.

He observed that the bailing component of the recycling process, was a vital one, and locally fabricated machines would go a long way in simplifying the process since they would come cheaper and more easily maintained.

Accordingly to him, “Bailing is an important component of the plastic recycling process. We need our innovative and enterprising engineers, to come up with locally designed and manufactured bailing machines, that would be durable and affordable for our recycling investors. It will be easy to maintain them. If we have this, the business of plastic recycling will gradually become less capital intensive and better domesticated. This is my challenge to our local engineers and I know they can do it.

“Honestly too, I do not understand why some manufacturers use brown-colored pet bottles to package drinks for us to consume. Why? You do not see this in the UK or Dubai for example. What is wrong with using white transparent pet bottles? Please, such drink producers should take a second look”, Odumboni insisted.

LAWMA Boss, Odumboni Tasks Engineers, Says 'Fabricate Affordable Bailing Machines'
The Managing Director/CEO. Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni delivers a keynote address on “Synergizing for Maximum Impact”, at a sector stakeholders’ consultative forum for plastic recycling value-chain, organized by GIZ, a German concern, at the Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja, on Wednesday, 6th April 2022.
LAWMA Boss, Odumboni Tasks Engineers, Says 'Fabricate Affordable Bailing Machines'
Managing Director/CEO LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni (3rd left); Founder Kaltani Recycling, Engr. Obi Charles Nnanna (2nd left); Exec. Secretary Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA), Agharese Lucia (L); CEO Greenhill recycling, Mariam Lawani (m); MD of Giz, Sina Uti Waziri (3rd right); LED & Value Chain Advisor Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria (SEDIN), Toyin Craig-Adeniran (2nd right); and the facilitator, Modupe Eribake (L), during a sector stakeholders’ consultative forum for plastic recycling value-chain, organized by GIZ, a German concern, at the Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja, on Wednesday, 6th April 2022.

Speaking further, he disclosed that no less than 500 bags of fertilizer were daily produced from organic waste at a LAWMA facility in Odogunyan, a suburb of Lagos, adding that several tonnes of briquette from sawdust, were also daily produced from another LAWMA facility at Agbowa, also a suburb of Lagos.

The LAWMA helmsman enjoined the stakeholders, to shun needless competition and work in synergy and collaboration, to tap the huge economic opportunity in the business, noting that there were more than enough floating pet bottles, to go around all investors in the value chain.

Odumboni took a swipe at some NGOs, exploiting the process with their cosmetic engagements, describing them as a burden, with their sharp and ill-intentioned practices, urging them to be truthful, honest, and fair, in their chosen endeavor.

Also speaking, one of the panelists, Mrs. Agharese Onaghise, executive secretary of Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, FBRA, noted that the 22-member group had been self-funding in its various interventions for plastic recovery, promising that the group would collaborate more, to stabilize the recycling value-chain, for fair reward to all stakeholders and investors.

The program was attended by several prominent facilitators and panelists including, Dr.( Mrs.) Dolapo Fasawe, general manager, Lagos Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA.

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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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