LAWMA, council agree on voluntary monthly sanitation
Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and Shomolu Local Government Area have agreed on re-introducing monthly environmental sanitation on a voluntary basis, slated for the last Saturday of every month, beginning from November this year.
The exercise takes place between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. in the morning.
The agreement was reached at a stakeholders’ meeting organised by LAWMA at the council secretariat, Oguntolu, during which all stakeholders agreed to turn around the face of waste management in the area.
Addressing the participants, the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, said the current state of the environment in the council neighbourhood was unsatisfactory, noting that residents should re-engage fully with the serving Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators, towards unimpeded service delivery.
He said waste collection and disposal was never free anywhere in the world, hence the need for residents to take responsibility for their waste management, and mobilise the youth of the area, to police black spots for good results.
Odumboni said, “It is very important for all of us here to participate in ensuring that Shomolu is kept clean. It is a duty for you to ensure that your environment is always clean.
“The solution to Shomolu’s challenge is the youth. Empower the youth and they will solve your waste disposal problem. You have a lot of able-bodied young men, but many of them together at strategic places to police the black spots. This is called local policing; it is a local solution to local problems.”
In his remarks, the council Chairman, Hon. Abdul-Hamed Salawu commended LAWMA’s determination to rejuvenate waste management in the area.
He urged residents to live healthy and hygienic lives, by keeping their environment clean and paying their waste bills for sustained PSP service.
He said: “A healthy environment is one that is sustainable for a long time and a source of a good life for everyone. Many of our actions and attitude to this planet has resulted in many environmental problems. Therefore, it is my duty to protect our environment and restore the aesthetics of Lagos towards achieving our model city status.”
Also, the vice Iyaoloja-General of Shomolu, Alhaja Omobolanle Suleiman, commended LAWMA’s effort for a cleaner environment in markets around the council.
She appealed to the agency to be moderate and considerate, in its proposed upward review of market billing for waste collection.
In his contribution, the chairman of the PSP operators in Shomolu/Bariga, L.G.A, Mr. Olugbenga Adebola, enlightened the residents on waste sorting at the source for recycling purposes.
He urged them not to co-mingle their waste, but sort out recyclable items for sale to off-takers, stressing that there was a huge economic opportunity in waste, if properly managed.