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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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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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