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LAWMA begins fumigation of landfills

By Barbara Negbejie
15 February 2022   |   4:01 am
The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has commenced fumigation exercises at various dumpsites in the state, starting with the Solous landfill at Igando.

The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has commenced fumigation exercises at various dumpsites in the state, starting with the Solous landfill at Igando. The exercise is to make the sites safer for waste management operations and reduce health risks in communities, where they are located.

Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni who disclosed this yesterday, explained that dumpsites play critical roles in the waste management chain as well as pave way for attainment of the government’s vision of establishing a cleaner environment.

Odumboni said: “Dumpsites are crucial components for the delivery of Solid Waste Management (SWM), as they serve as final destination for all solid wastes collected from residences, businesses and public spaces. They also support the protection of public health.”

He emphasised that the exercise, which started at Igando dumpsite, would be extended to other locations across the metropolis, to protect surrounding communities.

“The goal of this exercise is to protect the public and minimise the negative impact of this sites to the neighbouring communities. Already, several mitigation measures have been put in place by LAWMA. These include, leachate and storm water infrastructure, periodic capping of non-active sections, traffic management, monthly fumigation of the dumpsites and immediate environs,” he said.

He pointed out that due to their intended use, the initial locations of dumpsites in the state, were far removed from residential communities, before rapid population and urban expansion resulted to these dumpsites being surrounded by residential communities, commercial establishments and other sensitive land uses.

The LAWMA boss reiterated government’s unalloyed commitment towards protecting public health and minimising the discomfort, which might be caused by the dumpsites to neighbouring communities, adding that the agency planned to close the dumpsites in the near future.

He also appealed to residents to shun all practices capable of having a negative impact on the environment.