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Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and its sister agency Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK,), have collaborated to use pet bottles and discarded old tyres, to build lovely eco-friendly Christmas trees, demonstrating to residents that waste materials could be used to creatively improve the aesthetics of the environment.
Speaking during a press interview in his office, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated that the Authority has chosen to promote the recycling initiative, by building the Christmas trees from recyclable items.
He said, “We partnered LASPARK on the initiative to practise what we preach, by creating Christmas trees whose main materials are sourced from recyclables, and by so doing, teach residents in the state the importance of engaging in recycling, especially during this festive season”.
Speaking further, Odumboni noted that over 12,000 plastic bottles and 60 tyres of various sizes, were used in the process of producing the Yuletide trees, adding that the materials, if not used for the purpose would have become environmental nuisance.
He said the eco-friendly Christmas trees, created by the Foundation for a Better Environment (F.A.B.E), on behalf of both LAWMA and LASPARK, were strategically positioned at the Johnson-Jakande-Tinubu (JJT) Park; Alausa Secretariat setback; LAWMA Head Office garden, Ijora; Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (opposite 7up) and Allen Avenue Traffic Intersection, Ikeja.
Speaking on the Authority’s plans for the festive season, the LAWMA boss also reiterated their readiness to provide effective waste management services during and after the Christmas and New Year festivities, adding that PSP operators have been mandated to provide quality services to all tenements, even as the agency would also be on ground to provide back-up services.
To ensure that all parts of the metropolis received needed attention, during and after the festive period, he disclosed that the agency had been divided into operational districts, making it easier for waste collection and turn around time to be increased.
He urged the populace to bag and containerise their wastes, and shun acts of indiscriminate waste disposal, capable of defacing the environment, blocking drainage channels, and exposing their surroundings to various hazards.
While wishing residents a merry Christmas and prosperous New year in advance, the LAWMA helmsman enjoined residents to patronise only assigned PSP operators and call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617, for backup service.
*Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)*
Director, Public Affairs
Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has concluded plans to shut down Olusosun Landfill at Ojota, for a period of 48 hours, to enable the Authority carry out palliative works on the dumpsite, for seamless waste management operations.
The Authority made this known in a press statement on Monday, adding that the agency was carrying on with necessary maintenance of landfills in the state for efficient service delivery, with particular emphasis on Olusosun.
The statement read, “The Authority in bid to ensure that waste management operations at Olusosun dumpsite is effectively delivered, will shut down the landfill for a period of 48 hours, starting from 10th November, 2021.”
It said further that the Authority had made provision for use of alternative dumpsites, where waste collection trucks could dispose of their refuse, during the period of temporary closure, adding that PSP operators servicing Lagos Mainland had been diverted to Solous dumpsite, Igando; while those operating in the East District and Ikorodu, had been directed to dispose of their wastes at Epe dumpsite.
LAWMA appealed to residents and road users in Igando and other affected areas, to bear with the Authority, over the expected increase in vehicular traffic, necessitated by the 48-hour closure of Olusosun, adding that the outcome of the maintenance exercise would help the agency to sustain cleaner and livable environment in all parts of the state.
It also appealed to residents to give priority attention to maintaining cleanliness in their neighbourhoods, urging them to patronise only assigned PSP operators, also admonishing them to call LAWMA toll-free numbers 07080601020 and 617, for inquiries and complaints on PSP related issues in their areas.
The Chairman of Epe Local Government, Hon. Princess Surah Olayemi Animashaun has promised to work with the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, by mobilizing residents to pay their waste bills and properly dispose their waste.
She said this at the council secretariat, Ita Marun, Epe, when the Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, took LAWMA’s community clean-up campaign to the Local government over the weekend.
Princess Animashaun commended the efforts of the agency and admonished residents to reciprocate LAWMA’s gesture by putting up an environment-friendly habit.
In his address, Mr. Odumboni expressed displeasure at the poor waste disposal habit of the people, as well as their poor response to payment of waste.
Also speaking, High Chief Agbon, who represented the Oloja of Epe, HRH Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, lauded the effort of LAWMA but solicited for recruitment of more personnel to expand the existing workforce, as well as improved pay package to boost their morale.
Similarly, Chief Quadri Ojiga Ogboro who represented the Olu Epe, HRH Sheffield Olatunji Adewale saluted the determination of LAWMA’s managing director, to make Epe one of the cleanest cities in the state.
Alhaji Ogundipe Akewushola, Vice-Chairman of the Community Development Committee in Epe, chronicled the operations of LAWMA in the town since the 80s and expressed deep appreciation of its performance so far.
In the same vein, the LAWMA boss promised to turn around waste management in the Epe Campus of the Lagos State University, as he solicited their collaboration to develop LAWMA Academy.
In attendance were the Chief Technical Officer of LAWMA, Dr. Olorunwa Tijani; AGM Admin, Mr. Taoreed Dosumu; AGM East 2 Operations, Mrs. Bola Adewumi and others.
Folashade Kadiri (Mrs)
15- 10- 2021
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and Shomolu Local Government council, have agreed on re-introducing the 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 7am and 10am in the morning.
The agreement was reached at a stakeholder’s 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/ CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, disclosed that the current state of environment in the council neighbourhood was unsatisfactory, noting that residents should re-engage fully with the serving PSPs, towards unimpeded service delivery.
He told them that waste collection and disposal was never free anywhere in the world, hence the need for them to take responsibility for their waste management, and mobilize the youths of the area, to police the 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, put many of them together at strategic places to police the black spots. This is called local policing; it is local solution to local problem’’, he concluded.
In his remarks, the council Chairman, Hon. Abdul-Hamed Salawu, commended LAWMA’s determination to rejuvenate waste management in the area, admonishing the residents to live healthy and hygienic lives, by keeping their environment clean and to pay 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 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 State towards achieving our model city status”, he noted.
Also speaking, the vice Iyaoloja-General of Shomolu, Alhaja Omobolanle Suleiman, commended LAWMA’s effort which has enabled cleaner environment for markets in the council, while appealing 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 in Shomolu/Bariga, Mr. Olugbenga Adebola, enlightened the residents on waste sorting at 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 huge economic opportunity in so-called waste, if properly managed.
In attendance were the vice-chairman of the council, Hon. Adekunle Ibiyemi; a former council chairman, Hon. Mogbolahan; CDC Chairman, Mr. Adedapo Oduguwa, among others, as well as senior LAWMA officials including the Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Olorunwa Tijani; AGM Central 1 Operations, Mr. Jelili Alao; Head of Domestic PSP, Central 1, Mr. Habeeb Savage; Head of Domestic PSP, Central II, Mr. Olumide Mumuney, among others.
20TH October 2021
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has become a business partner of the Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWN), to implement professional certification courses in waste and resource management.
It is the product of the partnership between LAWMA Academy and SafeEnviro, an environmental consulting firm, based in London.
Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, who disclosed this in his office, at Ijora, noted that the partnership was approved by the Governor of Lgos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, and that the development would create an opportunity for interested persons, to run professional certification courses in waste management and related disciplines.
He said, “It is gratifying for the Agency to have this partnership at this time approved by the Governor, to open up opportunities for individual scholarship, as well as investment opportunities and wealth creation in waste management to add value to the waste management sector of Lagos State”.
He noted this would also instill best practice in waste management, which would ultimately bring forth cleaner environment that will guarantee good health and promote environmental sustainability, adding that interested persons can run their courses and become chartered.
Odumboni stated further that the collaboration between LAWMA Academy and SafeEnviro UK would help build change agents for a sustainable environment in the state and beyond, urging residents to take advantage of this and be certified, as certificates would be issued at the end of the course.
He called on those interested in relevant courses to visit LAWMA Academy’s website, www.lawmaacademy.com, for registration and inquiries, adding that while most of the courses are free, others attract fees.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has charged market leaders in the state, to ensure proper sanitation and security of the markets.
She gave the charge at Iba local council secretariat, at a one-day seminar on market sanitation and security for market leaders and stakeholders in the Badagry Division.
The seminar was the fourth in the series put together by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, as part of efforts to put the welfare, safety and security of market men and women, on the front burner.
Dr. (Mrs.) Sanwo-Olu who was represented by the wife of the deputy governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat, said it was common knowledge that health and environment had been listed as the second pillar of the administration’s THEMES agenda for sustainable environment.
According to her, “Security in the marketplace is paramount and that there must be proper identification of all traders and people trading in the markets. As market men and women, you must take ownership of security in your markets, and you have to speak up and speak out loud and clear when you suspect any suspicious movement or activity around you, especially the issue of strangers coming to sleep overnight in the market”.
Speaking further, she said, a lot of waste was generated from the markets, urging the market men and women to do away with unhygienic practices, including indiscriminate dumping of waste, blocking of drainages, and street trading, among others.
In his address, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed, expressed gratitude for the peaceful co-existence in markets in state, which has ensured smooth business flow and improved the economic well-being for citizens.
He urged market leaders and stakeholders to continuously commit themselves to ensuring that the state enjoyed continued vigilance by market people, promptly report suspicious acts and movements to the appropriate authorities.
Ahmed said, “Lagos State under the leadership of Mr Governor has been on top of the security situation in the state, however, continued vigilance and attention are still required. “I need to reiterate that the rains have not stopped and we must increase our efforts, at ensuring clean and healthy market environment, where the produce and wares can be trusted to have been kept in best hygienic conditions. You must bag your waste properly and ensure it is disposed in the containers provided by LAWMA,”.
The managing director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, who did a detailed presentation on waste management in Lagos markets, stressed that market environments around the state, must be kept constantly clean, to ensure that the quality of produce and other items was not compromised.
He urged market leaders to cooperate with LAWMA for efficient waste management, urging them to avoid breaching environmental laws, to avoid market closure and possible litigation.
Odumboni said, ‘I am appealing to all the markets, please dispose your waste properly, do not mess up the market environment, as we will not hesitate to shut down filthy markets and follow up with prosecution of apprehended culprits. Lagos State has dedicated many magistrate’s courts, to enable LAWMA prosecute environmental offenders. To be fore-warned, is to be fore-armed’.
In his own remarks, the commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, represented by the permanent secretary Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Belinda Odeneye, harped on the need for market people to always use the double dino bins, for proper disposal of their waste.
He urged residents to imbibe the culture of waste sorting at source, for recycling of all recyclable materials, for income earning and environmental sustainability.
The Lagos State commissioner of police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, represented by the district police officer for Idimu Police Station, CSP (Mrs.) Gladys Yomi-Faniyi, stressed the importance of vigilance to security in markets, adding that security was everybody’s business and must be prioritised.
Also in attendance were chairman of Iba LCDA, Hon. Yisa Abiola; royal fathers; Oniba Ekun of Iba, HRM Oba (Dr.) Sulaiman Adesina Ashade, Elegbeda of Egbeda, HRM, Oba Ahmed Orelope Laka; Resource persons; COWLSO members, baales and members of the CDAs/CDCs, among others.
Director, Public Affiars, LAWMA.
25th November, 2021
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has reopened its Olusosun Landfill after a 48-hour closure announced earlier.
Speaking on the reopening, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, said the temporary closure of the landfill became necessary to prepare it for the anticipated increase in waste disposal activities during the forthcoming Yultide festivities.
He said: “December will have more influx of trucks due to the volume of waste that would be generated during the period. 70% of waste generated in Lagos is deposited at Olusosun. Turnaround time is very crucial for waste management, the tipping platform has to be very stable, so that waste disposal does not take more than 10 minutes. And the Authority is working at ensuring that 10 trucks can tip at once”, he said.
The LAWMA boss further stated that the palliative measures would be extended to other dumpsites across the metropolis, starting from Solous dumpsite, Igando, which would also be shut down in a couple of days, for same maintenance work.
He once again appealed to Lagos residents to bear with the Authority, adding that any inconvenience occasioned by the ongoing maintenance of the landfills was for the purpose of better service delivery.
In another development, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, today received an award from the National Association of Online Security News Publishers, for his efforts at repositioning LAWMA since he assumed leadership.
It was presented during the National Security Conference/Awards event, tagged: “A Nation Under Siege: Activating Technology and Local Intelligence To Solve Conundrum”, held at the NECA House, Alausa-Secretariat, Ikeja.
Responding to the award, Odumboni appreciated the organisers for the recognition and honour, promising not to rest on his oars in delivering the Authority’s mandate of making the state better and livable.
Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)
LAWMA MD VOWS TO GET RID OF ILLEGAL
DUMPSITES IN AMUWO ODOFIN
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has vowed to direct energy and resources, to the clearing of several illegal dumpsites around FESTAC Town and the entire Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of the state.
He made the promise at a stakeholders’ meeting with residents and various interest groups, on LAWMA’s community clean-up campaign, at the council secretariat, FESTAC Town, where he assured them of total clearance of the heaps of refuse within a couple of weeks, with their cooperation and attitudinal change.
Odumboni frowned at the poor environmental hygiene of the residents, as he bluntly condemned their nonchalant approach to waste management and environmental care.
He stressed that the situation could not continue like that for a community once known as the cleanest in the state.
“There are no fewer than 42 dumpsites in Amuwo-Odofin. This place is extremely dirty. You are only concerned about cleaning your houses, while the waste is deposited outside, littering the environment; causing diseases and sickness to others.
“It is about time you stop giving excuses and do the right thing. I want to let you know that enforcement is going to be beefed up in the next three weeks, we will apprehend any environmental defaulter engaging in indiscriminate dumping and cart pushing business”.
The LAWMA boss added: “You need to mobilize your youths and empower them to police the black spots within the community. Invite the youths and have a bye-law to back their operation. LAWMA will support you by training them. Get them uniform for identification and let them arrest outlawed cart pushers. It is high time we do the right thing by taking responsibility for our waste. Patronize PSPs and pay for waste service. Waste bill payment is sacrosanct.”
He urged the council to work with residents to engage youths in the area to police the black spots to end the reign of illegal dumpsites, insisting that it would bring local solution to the perennial problem.
Odumboni advised the council officials and residents to consider the idea of voluntary monthly environmental sanitation, as recently endorsed by Shomolu Local Government, for total transformation.
The Amuwo-Odofin Chairman, Dr. (Engr.) Valentine Buraimon poured encomiums on LAWMA, for spirited effort at transforming the cityscape, as noticeable around the metropolis, adding that his council would do the needful, to help the agency return FESTAC Town and the entire Amuwo-Odofin, to the old glory of beauty, neatness and sustainable environment.
Also speaking, the Iyaloja of Omotanwa Market, FESTAC Town, Alhaja Atinuke Shittu, passionately appealed to market people and residents, to sort their waste for recycling, to reduce the volume of waste meant for landfills and to make money.
The Secretary-General of FESTAC Town Residents Association, Mr. Justice Unanka, advised the PSP operators to change their tactics and business approach, to earn revenue more easily from residents.
In attendance were the Vice-Chairman of the council, Hon. Maureen Ashara; Managing Director of AM Protection and Security Services, Mr. Adebisi Adeniyi; Executive Director, Finance of LAWMA, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi; Chief Technical Officer of LAWMA, Dr. Olorunwa Tijani, and many senior LAWMA officials.
24th October 2021.
Hundreds of sweepers and other women engaged by Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), have got free breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment, through the agency’s collaboration with Optimal Cancer Care Foundation and Access Bank Plc.
Addressing the beneficiaries, at Ijora-Olopa, venue of the exercise, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stressed the importance of regular checks for early detection of cancer cases, noting that when cancer is detected early, it can be successfully managed for a meaningful life by the victim.
He said, “I took interest in this partnership to let you know that your well-being is our priority and we will continue to look after you. The most important thing about this, is for you to know your status and avoid having the disease, by listening to all that would be explained by the medical expert here. Prevention, they say, is better than cure”.
“I appreciate Optimal Cancer Care Foundation and Access Bank, for choosing LAWMA for this great opportunity exposed to our women. 70 percent of our workforce is women, this (the screening exercise) is to let you know that we are looking after your health”, he stressed.
Odumboni admonished the participants to be mindful of their health in the course of discharging their duties, noting the importance of getting tested to know their health status, was to serve as a preventive measure against the disease.
The Medical Director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, Dr. Femi Olaleye, lectured the women on self examination for early detection of cervical and breast cancer and the signs to look out for, adding that they should immediately consult their doctors, any time they noticed unusual signs.
He said his foundation offered discounted and free cancer screenings to help women, in addition to early intervention treatment, for those diagnosed with the disease.
The Head of Women Banking, Access Bank Plc, Mrs. Abiodun Olubitan, disclosed that their decision to collaborate with LAWMA and Optimal Cancer Care Foundation on the exercise, was informed by the need to create awareness and provide preliminary treatments, to women coping with the health challenge.
She said further, that the bank had deployed a lot of resources to connect, empower and inspire women, particularly in the area of health, adding that it was important for women to regularly check themselves, to know their health status.
One of the beneficiaries of the program, Mrs. Raji Kehinde, thanked LAWMA for facilitating the event, which she described as a great opportunity to get properly educated and sensitized, on the important health issue.
She said, “I appreciate our MD’s effort. He is a kind man. This screening is such an eye opener and I have really learnt a lot. I will also tell others about what I have learnt”.
The programme also featured a question and answer session, during which the beneficiaries asked questions on health care, at the end of which they took turns to screen.
Joseph MichaelAssistant Director, Public Affairs
The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has charged residents and shop owners of Ajiran Community in Eti-Osa Local Government area, to take responsibility for their wastes, by patronizing the assigned PSP operator, and to pay their waste bills promptly.
Odumboni, at a meeting with the monarch of Ajiran Community, HRM Oba Tijani Akinloye, attended by representatives of CDAs/CDCs, council chairman, landlords, market leaders, health officers, street captains and others, expressed deep-seated dissatisfaction with the state of their environment.
He told them to mobilize youths to police the black spots, stressing that waste service was not free, warning that further environmental infractions would receive the full weight of law.
The Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Olohunwa Tijani, also charged the residents to support the Authority, towards achieving a clean and sustainable environment. Some shops in the neighbourhood were sealed up for reckless waste disposal, as a deterrent to would-be defaulters.
In his response, the monarch of Ajiran Community, HRM Oba Tijani Akinloye, lauded LAWMA MD/CEO and other management members, for their efforts at keeping Lagos clean, which after all was to their advantage.
He promised that he would mobilise stakeholders in his community, to join hands with the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in ensuring full compliance with the environmental laws of the state, to keep their surroundings clean.
Also on ground at the meeting, were the Assistant General Manager East District, Mr Adesina Adewale; Assistant General Manager, Lekki Free Trade Zone, Mrs. Bola Adewunmi; head of Advocacy Unit; Mr. Victor Adedeji; head of ICT Unit; Mr Tosin Olaniyan and others.