The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Ibrahim Odumboni, has warned residents against turning abandoned properties to dumpsites, or using waste to reclaim lands for future uses.

Odumboni who spoke through a release from the Authority at Ijora-Olopa, noted that both illegal practices constituted environmental offences, punishable by outright forfeiture of such properties and prosecution of violators.

According to him, “LAWMA is issuing a strong warning that people should stop dumping refuse in abandoned properties. They should also desist from using waste to reclaim lands for the purpose of building houses. Anyone caught in those illegal practices will be made to face the wrath of the law, while such properties will be instantly confiscated by government.

“We have said this many times but some residents are adamant. I am restating again that anyone caught in the act will be prosecuted, as our enforcement teams have been effectively mobilised to do the needful in this regard”, he stressed.

The LAWMA helmsman further advised those involved in waste recycling, to do their business in secured spaces, that would not constitute environmental nuisance or attract reckless waste dumping by passers-by.

“A situation where people who don’t want to pay for PSP services, hide under the guise of recycling to dump their waste and discarded materials at uncompleted and abandoned buildings, will not be tolerated by the Authority. This nefarious act has turned such locations into breeding grounds for not only pests and diseases but also criminals”, he said.

Odumboni further reiterated that LAWMA had working collaboration with several government agencies including the MVAA and Neighbourhood Watch, to track waste migration and apprehend offenders, through timestamp cameras, in any part of the state.

He reminded residents that the easy way out was for them to acquire waste bins for their properties and patronise assigned PSP operators, adding that the prosecution of tenements without waste bins would begin in January next year.

Kadiri Folashade (Mrs.)
Director, Public Affairs

Best Lagos State Public Executive Servant of the Year – Buzz News Best Award

Best Lagos State Public Executive Servant of the Year – Buzz News Best Award


The Managing Director/ CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, was one of the panelists at the inaugural edition of Environmental Sustainability Conference, Expo and Awards, 2022, organised by ECOSEA, with the theme,” Only One Earth: Building a Safer Environment “.

He joined other panelists to do justice to the sub-theme: ” Smarter Waste Management for Safer Cities”.

On the panel with him were: Director of Business Operations, Deloitte, Bernard Orji; Director, Public Affairs Communication and Sustainability for Coca Cola, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe and Head Geocycle, Lafarge Cement, Ltd, David Adedokun.

The LAWMA boss got a personal award as the Eco-friendly Champion, while LAWMA got a corporate award as the Most Outstanding Agency in Environmental Sustainability.

The event, convened by Mr. Joshua Ajayi, was witnessed by LAWMA’s Executive Director, Finance Mr. Kunle Adebiyi.

Indiscriminate Waste Dumping: LAWMA to shut down Ladipo, Oyingbo markets … mobile court sentences two environmental offenders.

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) said that, from next Thursday, both Ladipo and Oyingbo markets would be shut down till further notice, for reckless waste dumping, refusal to pay for waste services, and general poor waste management situation at the markets.

LAWMA’s Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, noted that the unwholesome environmental practices by traders in those markets, despite repeated warnings, called for necessary and immediate sanctions.

He said: “Our attention has been drawn to the deplorable state of the environment around Ladipo Market, Mushin and Oyingbo Market, resulting from reckless waste dumping by traders. Despite serving them abatement notices, they have continued the mindless environmental violation. We are left with no other choice than to evoke the necessary sanction of shutting down the markets. This is also meant to serve as a deterrent to other nonchalant markets”.

He said that the authority had, in recent times, redoubled its efforts to ensure that business activities in all Lagos markets were carried out in a clean and safe environment, for the good of all.

Odumboni noted further that: “We have intensified our sanitation efforts by deploying trucks to clear black spots across the metropolis, especially business facilities.

However, these efforts are being tainted by the activities of mischievous persons who would rather dump their waste indiscriminately on the roads, than pay for waste services”.

He urged traders in other markets to adhere strictly to environmental hygiene or risk indefinite closure of their markets.

In another development, a mobile court sitting in Oshodi has sentenced two environmental offenders, for waste burning and dumping refuse in the drain during rainfall, both were apprehended at Ikeja and Lekki axis respectively.

The first offender was sentenced on a two-count charge: one year imprisonment or a ₦50,000 fine, and one month imprisonment, without the option of a fine. The second offender was remanded in a correctional facility, pending bail conditions.

The LAWMA boss reiterated the determination of the agency to stamp out all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal in the metropolis, adding that the enforcement team had been mandated to monitor the environment and arrest persons bent on derailing efforts of the Authority to make Lagos cleaner and livable.

He appealed to residents to imbibe the habit of effective waste management, by bagging and containerising their waste, for easy and evacuation by assigned PSPs, adding that delay of evacuation by PSP should be reported to the Authority, using its toll-free lines, as excuse when caught would not be entertained.

For waste management related issues in your location, please call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617.

Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)
Director, Public Affairs

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.


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

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.