During his goodwill session, he emphasised on the need for positive environmental role model behaviours amongst packaging Companies and they were also tasked to jointly protect the Environment we all cherish by doing more.
He also appreciated NBC for their contributions to the growth of recycling in Lagos. Whilst much is still expected from them and other producers in terms of advocacy, campaigns and recovery of packaging materials once the contents are consumed. Together we can rid plastic pollution in our immediate environment. 👍 for a consistently cleaner Lagos.
The man in a trending video, caught empting his refuse bag in the drain during rainfall, on Sunday, at Jogunosimi Street, Ikeja, has been arrested at his residence, #9, Imalegbaalafia Street, Alausa, Ikeja.
The man, Mr. Mukaila Ismail Gado, was arrested at his residence by LAWMA enforcement team, shortly after he committed the infraction, and has been prosecuted, in line with the Environmental Laws of Lagos State.
We advise the general public against reckless waste disposal and environmental violations, as serious sanctions await culprits.
Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the Lagos Recycle Initiative, launched three years ago, to introduce waste sorting at source for recycling purposes, to tackle the challenge of plastic pollution, as well as create jobs for teeming residents.
The event, organised by Food & Beverage Recycling Alliance and Lagos Recyclers Association, in conjunction with LAWMA, took place at the agency’s Olusosun Resource Centre, Ojota, with various sectoral stakeholders in attendance.
In his address, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, appreciated the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for midwifing and supporting the recycling initiative, while also praising all the stakeholders partnering the Authority, to tackle plastic pollution in the state.
He noted that with the initiative, plastic materials have become valuable commodities, for economic gains through recycling, adding that the Authority was working with a private firm to establish a bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in Lagos very soon.
Odumboni called on residents to start waste segregation at the point of generation, to reduce the volume of waste going to the landfills, stressing that owning a waste bin would become mandatory for all tenements, from 1st October 2022.
According to him, “Start separating your waste from source, there is value in doing that. We are encouraging sorting of waste from source in all households. From the 1st of October this year, every household must own a waste bin. We will start placing abatement notices on houses and will start the full enforcement in January next year”.
Earlier in his welcome address, the executive director, Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, said the event marked the beginning of another milestone in the history of waste recycling in Lagos State, stressing the agency’s commitment to ensuring a positive impact on the environment through recycling.
He urged participants to embrace the recycling culture, adding that the value chain was huge and extensive, creating business opportunities for pickers, collectors, aggregators, off-takers, as well as recyclers.
In her remarks, the executive secretary of Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA), Ms. Agharese Onaghise, restated the group’s commitment to collaborative partnership to achieve plastic-pollution free Lagos State.
The CEO of PAKAM Technology, Mr. Adeleye Odebunmi, in his presentation, unveiled the PAKAM app 2.0, an all-inclusive waste management software application that connects residents to recyclers, for prompt exchange and redemption of their recyclable items, in real-time.
He highlighted the features of the revamped app, encouraging households to key into the opportunities presented by the seamless technology, to make money and tackle waste management challenges in the state.
Goodwill messages were taken from critical stakeholders like the Waste Pickers Association and others.
Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.) Director, Public Affairs 09/09/2022
Residents of Lekki and Ibeju Lekki Local Councils, have been advised to acquire waste bins, for the containerization of their waste, pending evacuation by the PSP operators.
The advice came from the Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, during a stakeholders’ meeting held respectively, at the secretariats of the councils.
Odumboni who was represented by LAWMA’s Executive Director of Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, noted that a major cause of waste migration and indiscriminate disposal, was the non-availability of bins in most homes, warning that abatement notices would soon be served on defaulting homes while prosecution would follow early next year.
According to him, “Ownership of waste bins is a must for all homes and defaulters will soon get abatement notices, to be followed later by prosecution from January next year”.
The LAWMA helmsman also appealed to residents to change their attitude, as recyclable waste was a source of income, urging them to cultivate the habit of waste sorting from source, to reduce the volume of waste going to the landfills.
He said, “We have a mandate to visit all the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Area of the State, and that is why we have come to your community, to sensitize and enlighten you on the importance of proper waste management. Effective waste management in your community can help prevent the spread of diseases such as cholera, typhoid, lassa fever e.t.c. in your environment, hence, the need to have a bin in your homes, to shut out rodents getting in contact with your waste, and also to aid easy evacuation by PSP operators”.
Odumboni also charged the council to mobilize the youths in their communities for local policing, to monitor black spots and apprehend defaulters caught dumping waste indiscriminately.
He said, “I implore you to adopt the idea of mobilizing the youths in your communities to police black spots and apprehend violators, caught dumping waste indiscriminately in the environment. Also, there is value in those items we dispose in our homes, such as cans, papers, cartons, pet bottles, glass etc. Ensure you sort your waste properly before disposal and make use of the PAKAM APP to request for the pick-up of recyclables”.
In his welcome address, the Executive Chairman of Ibeju Lekki Local Government, Hon. Sesan Olowa, commended the effort of the Authority toward ensuring a cleaner environment, especially on the road medians, adding that the stakeholders’ meeting would bring a mutually rewarding benefit.
“I got the idea of Cleaner Lagos from LAWMA and decided to replicate it in Ibeju Lekki. So far, we have employed about 300 sweepers and 30 gardeners, who help in keeping our environment clean. Also, I have mobilized youth in Ibeju Lekki to police black spots and arrest violators caught dumping waste indiscriminately. These youths were specially trained by LAWMA, on waste policing and arrest of violators”, he said.
He added that the taskforce has been effective and defaulters are being arrested and fined appropriately.
His counterpart in Lekki Local Council Development Area, Hon. Bamidele Kasali in his remarks, commended the authority for ensuring a livable environment urging members of his community to appreciate the services of LAWMA, by patronizing assigned PSP operators, and also paying their waste bills promptly.
“I believe your visit to our community will be of benefit to us. I commend the efforts LAWMA has put in place to ensure our environment is always clean. I also appeal to the members of the community to reciprocate the services of LAWMA, by ensuring that they pay their waste bills promptly”, he said.
In attendance were senior council functionaries, traditional rulers and senior LAWMA staff including, AGM Performance Management, Mrs. Bimbo Opayemi; District Head West II, Mrs. Tawa Oyekanmi; and District Head East II, Mrs. Bola Adewunmi, among others.
Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.) Director, Public Affairs LAWMA
The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has called on residents in the state to support efforts of the Authority to rid the environment of filth, by paying their waste bills promptly.
He said payment for waste services was very crucial to achieving the state’s vision of establishing a cleaner and livable environment, adding that no one was exempted from paying waste bills, regardless of occupation or societal status.
According to him, “We want to appeal to all residents in the state, to make it a duty to pay their waste bills. This is very important because the operations of service providers, rely heavily on people paying for waste services. As a matter of fact, nobody is exempted from this, including civil servants”.
“For the sake of emphasis, there is no section of the Civil Service Rule that exempts government workers from paying for services rendered by PSP operators. This applies to every other profession. We must take responsibility for the change we want to see in our environment. Anyone caught dumping indiscriminately under the guise of belonging to a particular profession, would be made to face the wrath of the law”, he said.
The LAWMA boss reiterated the Authority’s commitment to ensuring that every part of the metropolis was properly sanitised, adding that the agency had stepped up efforts to rid the environment of waste backlogs, through intensive morning and night operations.
He further stated, “We deploy thousands of sweepers, and waste collection trucks daily, across major routes in the city, as well as ensure that waste generated by tenements is taken care of, by PSP operators. We want to assure Lagosians that we will not relent on our efforts to make the environment cleaner and healthier for all”.
Odumboni said the Authority was also working with other sister agencies, such as Neighbourhood Watch and Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA), to check waste migration, a situation where some residents move wastes generated at home in their vehicles, and dump while transiting to another point.
Speaking further, he called on the populace to embrace the culture of recycling and waste sorting from source, which apart from saving the environment from plastic pollution, had numerous economic benefits.
He admonished residents to always bag and containerise their waste, while waiting for the arrival of assigned PSP operators, adding that the practice of waste containerisation would eventually help curb littering and indiscriminate refuse disposal around the city.
For complaints and inquiries on waste management issues in your area, please call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617.