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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

Olushola Okunlade Writes


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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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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