Lagos engages residents on cleaner environment
Poised to improve its sanitation status, the Lagos State Government has started engagement with residents and stakeholders in waste management.
Senior officials also urged them to cooperate with the government to achieve a cleaner Lagos.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting with Community Development Associations (CDA), Residents Associations and Waste Collection Operators (WCO) in Ifako-Ijaiye Local council, Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti stated that the State Government needed the cooperation of the people in order to realize its goal and sustainable environment.
He said the stakeholders’ engagement held to discuss the role of the people in the implementation of environmental sanitation plans and programmes in the state, was a reflection of the government of inclusion of the Akinwunmi Ambode Administration in Lagos State.
The commissioner added that the interaction of the government with the people at the grassroots would afford them the opportunity of sharing matters of mutual concern regarding the environment.
Durosinmi-Etti urged members of the Community Development Associations (CDAs), Resident Associations and Waste Collection Operators Managers in the area to be clear on their roles in the sanitation and protection of the environment and be prepared to spur other members of the community into positive actions towards the environment.
The Commissioner also used the opportunity to solicit with CDA members and residents of the community to make available a suitable land space where government could build a Transfer Loading Station (TLS) in the area to further ease the challenge of waste management in the area.
Stressing the benefit of the TLS in the area, he said, it will assist in improving the rate at which refuse was being carted away.
The commissioner further urged them to cooperate with the government by desisting from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorized places and to be the vanguard of their environment since they are the ultimate beneficiaries.