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LAWMA tasks Lagos Island residents on use of refuse bins

By Bertram Nwannekanma
11 April 2022   |   2:47 am
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has challenged households in Lagos Island to acquire waste bins

[files] An illegal dumpsite being cleared by LAWMA officials

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has challenged households in Lagos Island to acquire waste bins, for proper keeping and easy evacuation of their waste.
 
He threw the challenge during a stakeholders meeting organised by LAWMA, at Lagos Island West Local Council Iso, Onigari, where he insisted that the real headache behind the waste mess around the Island, was the lack of waste bins in respective homes.

 
Odumboni said, if residents had waste bins in every home, properly containerizing their waste, it would prevent litter, which is a common sight on Lagos Island, and enable easy evacuation.
 
According to him, the problem with waste management on the island is the non-availability of waste bins in households. If you have waste bins, you can properly containerize your waste and there will be no litters everywhere. It will make evacuation easy and everywhere will be clean. Lagos Island cannot be left this way, we have to make a change.”
 
He said it was not mandatory to purchase LAWMA bins, but just ensure they have any bin to properly package their waste.
 
Responding, the council chairman, Hon. Tijani Adetoyese Olusi, represented by his vice, Hon. Mohammed Eshinloken, hinted at the recruitment of youths as drainage guards to clear the channels around the Island, adding that it was a way of empowering the youths and keeping the environment clean.
 
“We have recruited youths here as drainage guards to clear our gutters. This will help to frequently desilt the drainage channels and improve our environment. We are also appealing to the government to help find a lasting solution to environmental pollution,” added.
 
LAWMA’s Executive Director, Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, and the Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Olorunwa Tijani, both enjoined residents to enhance environment-friendly habits and stop patronising cart pushers.
 
The Community Development Committee chairman for Lagos Island West, Chief Abu Elemoro, commended LAWMA for the stakeholder’s meeting, and called for a continuation of such consultation, to arrest the people’s attention.

The event was attended by Iyaloja General Lagos Island West, Alhaja Rasikat Abeje Lasisi, Supervisor for the environment; Alhaji Audu Atanda, among others.