Lagos applauds WAMASON’s waste management initiative
The Lagos State Government has commended the vision of the Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON), which is geared towards promoting a healthy and cleaner sustainable environment.
The state government gave this commendation at a corporate dinner and award night with the theme, ‘Promoting Transition to Circular Economy Through Innovative Solutions. Reputable waste management organisations and stakeholders, including Lafarge African Plc., FABE International Foundation, African Clean Up Initiative, SWEEP Foundation, Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), and others, received awards for outstanding contributions towards a cleaner environment.
Speaking at the event, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Director, Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Mr. Adeoye Babajide, said WAMASON’s efforts at ensuring efficient waste management was commendable.
He said 100 waste collection trucks would be added to LAWMA and the agency’s operations would be further decentralised from three to six districts.
He said: “LAWMA Academy will be established to impact sustainable waste management. Lagos State will collaborate with recycler organisations to entrench plastic recovery recycling business and also collaborate with notable stakeholders to establish two collection centres in each local council.”
President, WAMASON, Chief Akpabio Ndarake Essien, said the key step to achieving circular economy was proper waste management
Councillor, Lagos WAMASON, Afeez Yusuf, said “for Lagos, Nigeria and the whole world to achieve a circular economy, the citizens have to be committed to proper waste management…
“Waste is not a waste until it is wasted. For every material that you have used, after recycling, it turns into another product and starts another life.”
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Adejuwon Odumboni, said that “everyone must ensure waste is properly disposed off, as most ecological disasters happen owing to inappropriate waste management.”