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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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Thousands Of Waste Managers Endorse Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu For President, Governor

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Thousands Of Waste Managers Endorse Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu For President, Governor

Olushola Okunlade Writes

On Thursday, thousands of waste managers in Lagos and southwest states endorsed the presidential ambition of the APC’s candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for second term.

The waste managers, under the aegis of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), popularly known as PSPs, at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, formerly known as Onikan Stadium, vowed to mobilize all its members for door-to-door campaign for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu.

National President, AWAMN, David Oriyomi, said it was Tinubu who brought in the PSPs in 1999 when he was governor of Lagos State in a bid to tackle the waste problems of the state.

Thousands Of Waste Managers Endorse Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu For President, Governor

According to him: “He nurtured and empowered us through the small-medium business model, and successive Governments built his solid foundation. Lagos was transformed and received numerous accolades as one of the cleanest states in Nigeria and Africa.

“When our livelihood came under attack and 350 businesses were faced with the risk of bankruptcy. Asiwaju came to our rescue, by speaking out for us and hereby securing our livelihood.

“Today, the small business model established by Asiwaju has been replicated in over 9 states in Nigeria and other West African countries. It is, for this reason, we as an association are fully and wholly committed to voting and campaigning for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the Next President of Nigeria,” he said.

Thousands Of Waste Managers Endorse Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu For President, Governor
Thousands Of Waste Managers Endorse Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu For President, Governor

Oriyomi also recalled that AWAMN was the first organization that endorsed the candidacy of Sanwo-Olu in 2018, saying that the association was pleased that he has “proven us right by the great work that he has done in the State and for the environment.”

“You will all recall that he inherited a heap of waste across the state, he started by declaring a state of emergency and backed it up with action leaving Lagos better than what he inherited. Now, under his leadership, waste is now seen as a resource and we are humbled to be his foot soldiers in making circular economy a reality. We are committed to a Greater Lagos Rising,” he added.

Oriyomi pledged that the association would embark on a door-to-door campaign, to reach every nook and cranny of the state for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu.

“We will secure 10m votes for our Grand Patron, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Shettima. We will secure 2m votes for our Governor, Mr. Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu, and Dr. Femi Hamzat. We will secure votes for all the Governors in all the states we operate in,” he stated.

Earlier, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who made a brief appearance at the event, pledged to increase the salaries of waste managers in the state.

He called on them to vote massively for Tinubu, himself, and other APC candidates for various positions.

Sanwo-Olu reminded them that it was Tinubu who brought in PSPs in Lagos, saying “this is where you eat, don’t listen to lies, we will increase your wages.”

Thousands Of Waste Managers Endorse Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu For President, Governor

Also speaking, Deputy Governor of Lagos, Dr. Kadri Hamzat told the waste managers that it was Tinubu who brought about the PSPs, which many states have adopted.

He said: “Tinubu knows the way, we should get our PVCs and mobilize others to get their PVCs to vote for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu. Let them know that it is Tinubu we are voting for. When he gets to Abuja, he will perform.

“Many States in Nigeria now have KAI, LAWMA, and LASTMA. Tinubu is our teacher. On March 11, we should come out and vote for Sanwo-Olu,” he said.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), LAWMA, Ibrahim Odumboni, said what has become AWAMN today had its foundation solidly laid by Tinubu many years ago.

He noted, “Since one good turn deserves another, it is only worthwhile that the association has mobilized its personnel in hundreds and thousands, for APC’s victory in next month’s elections.

“As an emerging mega city at the time, Lagos State needed to solve the challenge of solid waste management, which the administration of Asiwaju Tinubu as governor of the time, confronted frontally, leading to the emergence of the PSP operators,” he said.

Odumboni stated that through successive stages, they had evolved over time, wading through challenges, but ultimately leaving the environment and the cityscape the better for it.

He commended AWAMN, its executive, and the teeming PSP personnel for demonstrating a massive show of support for Tinubu’s presidential ambition, and the re-election bid of Sanwo-Olu.

Odumboni noted that while these mobilizations were encouraging, the association must equally translate the massive support to electoral votes on election day, saying this was the only way to truly appreciate and help actualize the worthy ambitions of Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu.

Chairman, APC, Lagos State chapter, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi urged the waste managers to vote massively for Tinubu for laying the foundation for a solid Lagos.

“Vote for him to become president. Collect your PVCs, tell others to go and collect their PVCs so that we can vote for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu,” he said.

High-profile politicians in attendance included the Lagos State APC chairman, Mr. Cornelius Ojelabi, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, and Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the Special Adviser for Drainage and Water Resources to Lagos State Governor, the Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Ola Oresanya.

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Pay Your Bills, Acquire Waste Bins – LAWMA MD Urges Lagos Residents

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Come 2023: Pay Your Bills, Acquire Waste Bins - LAWMA MD Urges Lagos Residents

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has charged residents of the state to regularly pay their waste bills, acquire waste bins for their homes, avoid cart pushers, and patronise assigned PSP operators, to avoid drastic enforcement on defaulting homes, planned to commence next month.

Odumboni, who gave this charge via a statement in his office at Ijora-Olopa, specifically urged residents to cooperate with respective PSP operators, by promptly paying their waste bills, which have been slightly reviewed upwards.

He noted that the minimal review became inevitable as a result of current economic realities, which he noted had weighed heavily against the business survival of the PSP operators.

He said, “As we bid farewell to the year 2022 and welcome the new year 2023, I strongly appeal to residents to promptly pay their waste bills, although slightly reviewed upwards. The review is as a result of the current economic realities in the country. The truth is that the PSP people cannot sustain their businesses at the old rates. Practically, the prices of everything have multiplied, from tyres, to diesel, truck parts, labour, etc. We need to help them stabilise to continue offering quality service, to keep our city clean”.

Come 2023: Pay Your Bills, Acquire Waste Bins - LAWMA MD Urges Lagos Residents
Ibrahim Odumboni, LAWMA MD/CEO.

Speaking further, he reiterated the need for every home to acquire a waste bin, as enforcement on defaulting homes would begin in January, adding that patronage of cart pushers had become an environmental offence attracting prosecution and possible jail term for the cart pusher and his customer.

He said, “I also want to make it abundantly clear that it is now an environmental offence, for a home not to own a bin or patronise cart pushers. Full enforcement of bin ownership on tenements will commence next month. Also, anyone caught patronising cart pushers will be arrested and prosecuted along with the pusher. Many cart pushers had been prosecuted and serving various jail terms”.

Odumboni also emphasised LAWMA’s efforts at improving the collection and disposal of solid waste, including the deployment of additional waste collection trucks and the implementation of a route optimization system, as well as empowering PSP operators to deliver optimally.

“One of the key areas we focused on last year was improving the collection and disposal of solid waste, and this year we will do more. We have increased the number of waste collection trucks on the roads, and have implemented an optimisation system to ensure that waste is collected efficiently and effectively,” he stated.

The LAWMA boss also harped on the importance of recycling in the waste management ecosystem in the state, urging residents to explore it for its vast economic and environmental values.

“In addition to improving the collection and disposal of solid waste, we have also worked hard to boost recycling in Lagos. We have launched a number of programs to promote the separation of recyclables from other waste, and have established partnerships with local businesses and organisations to increase the number of recyclable materials being collected and processed,” he said.

The LAWMA helmsman said the authority would step up its advocacy campaign in the new year, to promote the culture of environmental sustainability among residents, through community, school, and market advocacy programs.

“We are also committed to educating the public about the importance of waste management and environmental sustainability. We have launched a number of public awareness campaigns to educate residents about the importance of proper waste management and have worked with schools and community organisations to promote these messages to residents”, he quipped.

While wishing residents a prosperous new year, he thanked them for their cooperation and support in the outgoing year. “We are grateful for the support of residents in our efforts to create a cleaner and safer Lagos for all. We look forward to continuing to work together in the new year to achieve our shared goal of a healthier and consistently cleaner environment”, he said

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LAWMA MD Assures Cleaner Environment In Festive Period

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LAWMA MD Assures Cleaner Environment In Festive Period

…Says we will clear all festive waste in good time 

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has assured residents of the state, of its readiness to cart away all waste generated during the festive period, leaving the cityscape sparkling clean.

The assurance came from the Managing Director/ CEO of the agency, Ibrahim Odumboni, via a statement in his office, Otto, Ijora-Olopa.

He said the entire operational machinery of the agency has been fully mobilised to achieve the feat, with the district heads and regional managers put on their toes, for smooth and seamless evacuation activities during the period.

LAWMA MD Assures Cleaner Environment In Festive Period
Ibrahim Odumboni, LAWMA MD/CEO.

Speaking further, Odumboni stated that the contacts of LAWMA’s senior management officials and operational staff would be published in The Nation newspapers for easy reach by residents, for instant reports, complaints, as well as feedback, on LAWMA’s operational activities, during the Yuletide season.

He urged motorists to drive with utmost caution to avoid untoward incidents, as the highway sweepers would be busy on their duty routes, as usual.

In his words, “We have deployed additional waste collection vehicles and personnel to key areas in the state, including highways, markets, and other public facilities”.

He added that LAWMA had also partnered with relevant stakeholders, such as community development areas, market associations, and religious organisations, to educate residents on the importance of proper waste disposal and to encourage the use of recycling facilities.

“We urge residents to cooperate with our personnel and to properly dispose of their waste appropriately. We also encourage the use of reusable bags and containers, to curtail littering and indiscriminate waste dumping,” Odumboni said.

In addition to these measures, he said the Authority had also mandated PSP operators to provide satisfactory service delivery to tenements, during and after the festivities, to ensure that waste is properly collected and disposed of.

The LAWMA boss assured residents that the agency would continue to work tirelessly to maintain the cleanliness of the state, advising motorists to drive with care, and to safeguard the lives of sanitation workers on major roads.

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday, and we are committed to ensuring that the state remains clean and free of litter,” he said.

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