ibrahim odumboni

Earlier this morning, 28th September 2022 thevMD/CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni attended Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd Stakeholders Forum 2022 led by Matthieu Seguin ( Managing Director, NBC) at Radison Blu, Ikeja where salient issues around “ Combating Climate Change Through Resource Efficiency “ were discussed.

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.

Pictures of LAWMA Staff Retreat, held 22nd - 24th September 2022 at Jubilee Chalet, Epe, Lagos.

Pictures of LAWMA Staff Retreat, held 22nd – 24th September 2022 at Jubilee Chalet, Epe, Lagos.

Outstanding Environmental, Sustainability Brands Personality

Outstanding Environmental, Sustainability Brands Personality of the year was given to MD/CEO, LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni on Friday, 16th September, 2022.

MAN IN TRENDING VIDEO, CAUGHT DUMPING REFUSE IN DRAINAGE CHANNEL AT IKEJA, ARRESTED, PROSECUTED

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.

Ibrahim Odumboni

LAWMA Marks 3rd Anniversary of Lagos Recycle Initiative …stresses use of PAKAM app

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

MD/ CEO Lawma on a working visit to Ikorodu Transfer Loading station, Odonguyan under construction to test run the new locally fabricated Smokeless Medical Waste Incinerator. This facility has 4000kg capacity per load and it is also fully automated.

LAWMA’S WASTE CONTAINERIZATION CAMPAIGN GOES TO LEKKI, IBEJU LEKKI LOCAL COUNCILS … Residents tasked on attitude change

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

No one is exempted from paying waste bills – LAWMA MD

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.

Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)
Director, Public Affairs

LAWMA Secures Jail Terms for Environmental Offenders

  • Collaborates with police for arrest of cart pushers

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has secured jail terms of two months imprisonment, for three persons, for various environmental offences, with a pending judgement for another person who patronised a cart pusher.

This is coming on the heels of the agency’s collaboration with the police to put a stop to incessant attacks on LAWMA’s personnel, ensuring prompt arrest of cart pushers and for those who patronise them.

The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, made the disclosure in his office on Tuesday, at Ijora-Olopa, noting that the working arrangement with the police, was aimed at sustaining the renewed offensive on all forms of environmental infractions and unwarranted attacks on the agency’s personnel.

He said, “Last week, we got jail terms for three environmental offenders, with a pending sentence for another person who patronised a cart pusher, making it an offence for anyone to patronise a cart pusher. Before now, we had warned unrepentant environmental violators about our renewed offensive, urging them to shun bad practices. But some people will never change. For three such persons, we secured jail sentences of minimum of two months while one is still pending”.

“I am also happy about LAWMA’s collaboration with the Nigerian Police to end needless attacks on our personnel on day or night duty. That collaboration is also to put an end to cart pushing, as any cart pusher found anywhere in Lagos will be promptly arrested and prosecuted, while those who patronise them will not be spared”, he stressed.

Speaking further, he noted that another set of 600 carts have been destroyed, bringing the total to about 3,000, in the last ten weeks.

He warned residents against patronising cart pushers, as both the cart pusher and the patron were liable, and would be accordingly prosecuted.

He said, “We have demolished carts impounded by our enforcement team in the course of their duty. This is to further reinforce our stance that the activities of cart pushers across the Lagos metropolis remain banned. We will not allow anyone or group of persons to undermine the ongoing efforts to establish a sustainable environment”.

Odumboni reiterated the Authority’s willingness to absorb willing cart pushers into the waste management system in the state, by offering them an opportunity to serve as uptakers of recyclable items, working hand in hand with other stakeholders in the waste management chain.

“The ill effects of cart pushing on our environment and security structure, mean that we have to eradicate it, to preserve lives and properties. Criminals now hide under the guise of cart pushing to carry out heinous crimes. However, as I stated earlier in the year, we are offering an opportunity to willing cart pushers to work with us, as offtakers, and by so doing have viable means livelihood”, he stated.

The LAWMA boss reaffirmed the agency’s total commitment to making the metropolis sustainably clean, urging residents to support the Authority’s efforts, by shunning improper waste disposal, paying their waste bills and patronising assigned PSP operators.

For complaints and inquiries on waste management issues in your area, please call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617, .

Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)
Director, Public Affairs

23/08/2022

Ibrahim Odumboni

At Media Parley, LAWMA Boss Points Way Forward For Waste Management In Lagos

The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has said that the agency was working on the creation of Transfer Loading Stations (TLS), in all the local government areas of the state, for fast and smooth evacuation of waste around the metropolis.

He also said that innovative strategies had been put in place to rejig the operational capability of the agency, for maximum efficiency.

The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, who said this at a media parley, at the Authority’s headquarters, noted that the event provided a platform for the agency to inform the public on efforts at tackling the daunting waste challenge in Lagos.

He highlighted the various gains made in the area of establishing environmental sustainability and clearing backlogs of waste generated in the metropolis, adding that the Authority was working assiduously to resolve prevalent challenges, through on-going day and night operations.

Odumboni noted that the Authority, through the support of the state government, had completed the rehabilitation of landfills in the state, to shorten turn-around time, for refuse evacuation and disposal, by waste collection trucks across the state.

“I can confirm to you that through the support of the state government, we have rehabilitated landfills in the state, to facilitate seamless waste evacuation and disposal. PSP trucks can now dump their wastes at the landfills without any hindrance. The impact of this development will be felt in the metropolis within five to seven days,” he said.

The LAWMA boss said the Authority was working with PSP operators to resolve some of the issues affecting their operation, especially the price of diesel, which rose by over 100% within the current year, adding that most of their operational vehicles run on diesel.

“One of the challenges we had was the rise in the cost of operation. We estimate by now that there are over 1,000 PSP trucks in Lagos and LAWMA has over 150 supporting trucks. Most of these trucks make use of diesel to operate, and the rise in the cost of diesel greatly affected the operations of PSPs in the state. Through the support of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, we will be having additional subsidy for PSP operators in areas where we have such challenges”, he stated.

He said the Authority would work with Community Development Associations (CDAs) and Community Development Committees (CDCs), as well as PSP operators, to review waste management charges in the state, in line with the present economic reality, adding that there would be wide consultation before the new tariff regime.

“The current economic reality in the country has made it necessary for price increase in waste management charges. To this effect, we will be increasing waste bills by 50%. We will also work with CDAs/CDCs and the PSPs, to review the charges and ensure proper implementation of the new tariff”, he noted.

He appealed to residents to procure bins to containerise their waste, noting that owning a bin would go a long way in tackling the problem of indiscriminate waste disposal, adding that it is mandatory for all tenements in the state to have a container for storage of their waste.

“Majority of households don’t have a bin, we continue to appeal to residents to procure waste bins to containerise their waste, for temporary storage, before evacuation by assigned PSP operators. It’s important for us all to have a bin of some sort. Let us teach our kids how better to behave. It’s mandatory for you as a household to have a bin. From the 1st of October, if you don’t have a bin, you can be prosecuted”, he stated.

He reiterated the ban on cart pushing, adding that the surge in waste dumping on roads and other unauthorised locations, resulted from people’s patronage of cart pushers, who dump waste indiscriminately in the metropolis, adding that the agency would integrate willing cart pushers into the state’s waste management system.

The LAWMA helsman hinted of imminent establishment of a “bottle-to-bottle” recycling centre, in partnership with a private company who would source their raw materials from the plastic waste generated across the metropolis, emphasising that Lagos would soon become the hub of recycling in West Africa.

He further said that the agency planned to set up 30 recycling centres across the state, by the end of the year, to boost the Lagos recycling initiative, which apart from its economic benefits, would mitigate the challenge of plastic pollution.

The president of Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), Mr. David Oriyomi, said the price of diesel negatively affected their operation, but thanked the governor for the subsidy offered to PSP operators, stating the need for a review of service charges, in line with current economic reality.

Michael Joseph
Assistant Director, Public Affairs, LAWMA

10/08/2022