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LAWMA boss, PSP operators promise to clear backlog of Lagos waste

By Israel Olaniyan
20 July 2022   |   2:41 am
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, yesterday, assured us that the backlog of waste dotting the cityscape would be a thing

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The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, yesterday, assured us that the backlog of waste dotting the cityscape would be a thing of the past in seven days.

 
Odumboni, who disclosed this while coordinating operational activities around the city, said the agency would exploit the gradual cessation of rainfall and appreciable progress on landfill rehabilitation, to achieve the feat.
 
He 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.

“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.”

 
The LAWMA boss urged residents to bag and containerised 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, the president of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), Mr. David Oriyomi, promised that the PSP operators would continue to work closely with LAWMA, to discharge their statutory duties of evacuating waste, 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.