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Odumboni Canvasses Attitude Change To Improve Environment Cleanliness

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Odumboni Canvasses Attitude Change To Improve Environment Cleanliness

…Stop pouring your waste into drainages, gutters for free flow of flood – Odumboni warns

…Meet waste managers, PSP Operators for proper disposal of waste

Rashidat Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has canvassed radical attitude change among Lagos residents, towards waste management and environmental practices.

He also charged health officers to take responsibility by rededicating themselves to duty, to restore the old glory of that profession, when they commanded both fear and respect among residents.

Odumboni made the observations at a one-day stakeholders’ meeting on Public Health Law 2015 and Environmental Management Protection Law 2017, organized by the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, (AWAMN), in collaboration with LAWMA, in Ikeja.

He maintained that a key determinant of the success of waste management operations in the state was enforcement, hence the need for synergy among the various stakeholders, to work with a law that would enable seamless PSP operations for excellent results.

Odumboni Canvasses Attitude Change To Improve Environment Cleanliness
Left-Right: Managing Director/CEO, LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni; President, Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), David Oriyomi; and Chairman, LAHA House Committee on Environment, Hon. Desmond Elliott during a One-Day Stakeholders meeting on Public Health Law 2015 & Environmental Management Protection Law 2017, jointly organized by LAWMA and AWAMN, at Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, 20th April 2022.
Odumboni Canvasses Attitude Change To Improve Environment Cleanliness
The Managing Director/CEO, LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni delivered a keynote address at a One-day Stakeholders Meeting on Public Health Law 2015 & Environmental Management Protection Law 2017, with the theme: ‘Enhancing the Enforcement of the Environmental Laws of Lagos State, held at Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, 20th April 2022.
Odumboni Canvasses Attitude Change To Improve Environment Cleanliness
Left-Right: Panelists: LAWMA’s CTO., Dr. Olohunwa Tijani; Director, Waste Management Division, Mr. Babajide Adeoye; Secretary, the body of Environmental Health Services in the State, Sanitarian Ajanaku Kolawole; LAWMA’s Head of Legal dept., Barr. Uthman Rilwan; AWAMN’s Consultant, Mr. Olalekan Owojori; and Mr. Olugbenga Adebola, during the panel discussion at a One-day Stakeholders Meeting on Public Health Law 2015 & Environmental Management Protection Law 2017, with the theme: ‘Enhancing the Enforcement of the Environmental Laws of Lagos State, held at Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, 20th April 2022.
Odumboni Canvasses Attitude Change To Improve Environment Cleanliness
Cross-section of Environmental Health Services Officers, a One-day Stakeholders Meeting on Public Health Law 2015 & Environmental Management Protection Law 2017, with the theme: ‘Enhancing the Enforcement of the Environmental Laws of Lagos State, held at Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, 20th April 2022.

Odumboni said: “After what we do, even if we deploy the biggest resources, the biggest brain, the biggest mind into our day-to-day job, and we don’t have enforcement, definitely, there would be a lot of room for disorderliness”.

“Now, our major challenge in this sector is the nonchalant attitude of our people, who are not ready to do what is right. We all know what the right thing is. It encompasses patronage of PSPs for proper disposal of waste, prompt payment of waste bills, and separating waste at source, among others”, he stressed.

Odumboni further stressed, that all government agencies and officials saddled with enforcing the law, must work together to achieve a common purpose.

Odumboni Canvasses Attitude Change To Improve Environment Cleanliness
Permanent Secretary, Environment and Water Resources (Office of Environmental Services), Dr. Omobolaji Tajudeen Gaji gave short remarks on the topic: ‘Enhancing the Enforcement of the Environmental Laws of Lagos State, during a One-day Stakeholders Meeting on Public Health Law 2015 & Environmental Management Protection Law 2017, jointly organized by LAWMA and AWAMN, at Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, 20th April 2022.

Speaking earlier, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Dr. Omobolaji Gaji, reiterated that environmental infractions would now be prosecuted at designated magistrate’s courts, urging all stakeholders to work in synergy to transform the environment.

Odumboni Canvasses Attitude Change To Improve Environment Cleanliness
Chairman, LAHA House Committee on Environment, Hon. Desmond Elliott addressed participants on the topic: ‘Enhancing the Enforcement of the Environmental Laws of Lagos State, during a One-day Stakeholders Meeting on Public Health Law 2015 & Environmental Management Protection Law 2017, jointly organized by LAWMA and AWAMN, at Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, 20th April 2022.

In his contribution, the chairman of Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Environment, Hon. Desmond Elliot, noted that the various environmental laws of the state have been collapsed into one document, adding that the Assembly would continue to strengthen the legal framework for issues of the environment.

Odumboni Canvasses Attitude Change To Improve Environment Cleanliness
President, Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), David Oriyomi addressed participants on the topic: ‘Enhancing the Enforcement of the Environmental Laws of Lagos State, during a One-day Stakeholders Meeting on Public Health Law 2015 & Environmental Management Protection Law 2017, jointly organized by LAWMA and AWAMN, at Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, 20th April 2022.

The President of AWAMN, Mr. David Oriyomi, in his keynote address, thanked the state government for dedicating many magistrates’ courts to the prosecution of environmental offenses, promising that drawing on the government’s support, the PSP operators would work harder to deliver good service to Lagosians.

The external solicitor to AWAMN, Barr. David Fadile, who x-rayed both laws, noted that there were areas of contradictions, urging the State’s House of Assembly, to consider urgent amendments to such sections, to achieve desired objectives.

On the panel discussion, were the Chief Technical Officer of LAWMA, Dr. Olorunwa Tijani, and the head of the Legal Unit of LAWMA, Barr. Rilwan Uthman, among others; with LAWMA’s Executive Director of Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, was also in attendance at the event.

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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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LAWMA Warns Against Harassment/Attack Of Its Personnel

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LAWMA Warns Against Harassment/Attack Of Its Personnel

The attention of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has been drawn to an attack on one of its highway workers (sweeper), who was seriously injured with a hammer and left with a broken skull, at Isolo Road, Isolo by some unscrupulous elements, bent on disrupting the Authority’s ongoing efforts to establish a cleaner and healthier environment in the state.

The victim has since been rushed to the hospital for intensive medical care.

Speaking on the incident, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, condemned the act and warned that the attack would not be condoned by the state government.

Odumboni said: “One of our highway workers (sweeper) carrying out his lawful duty at Isolo, was attacked with a hammer by a miscreant by name Alao Idris resulting to a broken skull, which required immediate medical attention to salvage the situation”.

“This sort of unprovoked attack will not deter us from rendering our services. However, we are sounding a note of warning to miscreants determined to undermine our efforts, that the state government will not tolerate these dastard acts, as perpetrators will be brought to book”, he said.

The incident happened in the early hours of today when the personnel was going about his lawful duty of sweeping the street.

Alao Idris has since been arrested and handed over to the police for interrogation and prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others with similar intentions.

LAWMA, hereby reiterates its appeal to the public, to treat the highway workers with humanness and refrain from attacking them under whatever guise, as anyone caught doing so will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Odumboni appealed to residents to support and ensure that essential service providers like LAWMA were allowed to discharge their responsibilities in the state, without any fear of harassment, molestation, and attack, adding that establishing cleanliness in the state was a collective responsibility, requiring all hands to be on deck.

He also admonished the populace to shun all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal, which had attendant negative environmental consequences, such as the blockage of drainage channels, especially as the rainy season drew near.

For contacts with LAWMA, the Public is enjoined to call the following LAWMA’S tool-free line: 07080601020 and 617.

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Eid-el-Fitr: LAWMA MD Canvasses Environmental Sustainability

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Eid-el-Fitr: LAWMA MD Canvasses Environmental Sustainability

…As Odumboni wishes everyone Happy Workers’ Day

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Determined to consolidate on its ongoing efforts to rid the state of filth, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has called on residents to intentionally work towards ensuring a cleaner and livable environment, during and after the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr festivities.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, made the call in his office at Ijora, Lagos, on Monday, adding that the Authority’s sanitation workers and waste managers, had been mandated to work relentlessly across the metropolis, to ensure a filth-free Fitr celebration.

He said, “In anticipation of an increase in waste generation during and after the celebration, we have intensified our operations, deploying our personnel at strategic points in the state, to clean the roads, highways, and markets, as well as facilitating clearance of black spots defacing the environment.”

“We know that during major festivities like this, more waste will be generated by residents and we are fully prepared to cart away the waste with promptitude”, he stressed.

Eid-el-Fitr: LAWMA MD Canvasses Environmental Sustainability
Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).

Odumboni also stated that PSP operators had been tasked with providing satisfactory waste management services to the generality of residents, by ensuring prompt evacuation of waste, irrespective of assigned days, adding that LAWMA would provide backup services, to close any noticeable service gaps.

“We are totally committed to making sure that Lagosians have a wonderful Sallah celebration. We are also working with the Ministry of the Environment, our supervisory ministry, and other stakeholders, to help us achieve our objectives,” he stated.

Wishing Lagosians a happy Sallah celebration, the LAWMA boss called on residents to shun indiscriminate dumping of waste and embrace the culture of sorting and bagging of waste, especially animal waste, to avoid pollution of the environment, and to facilitate easy evacuation.

“Improper waste disposal at unauthorized locations such as drains, road medians, and canals, is a major challenge we are tackling, and we won’t rest on our oars until we realize our aim. So we are appealing to our people to bag their wastes and containerize them near their houses, for easy evacuation by assigned PSP operators, ” he said.

While describing the LAWMA’s workforce as heroes, for their diligence in keeping Lagos’s environment clean, he wished them happy Workers’ Day and admonished residents to call the Authority’s toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617, for complaints and inquiries.

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