LAWMA ACADEMY WINS AWARD AT LAGOS WASTE FORUM

LAWMA Academy, the academic arm of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has received an award as ‘Government Agency of the Year’, at the 3rd edition of Lagos Waste Forum, organized by Statewide Waste and Environmental Education Programme, SWEEP Foundation, at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.

Wife of the governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, who had earlier declared the event open, copiously commended the Foundation, for sustaining their environmental advocacy, which they began three years ago.

According to her, “I attended your inaugural event three years ago and it was so impressive. I am happy you have sustained the good environmental sustainability advocacy work, which has already made you a champion in Surulere area. I challenge you to replicate the good impact in other parts of Lagos State. I am also considering going into full-scale recycling business someday”.

Commenting on the LAWMA Academy Award, the Managing Director/CEO LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, represented by the Executive Director, Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, expressed delight and showered encomiums on the foundation, for recognizing the modest contribution of the Academy to environmental education and advocacy.

He noted that the unit was established just over a year ago, with the mandate of teaching waste management, as well as environmental care and sustainability to the youths and children.

He said, “We are happy that just over one year in existence, the impact of LAWMA Academy is already being felt. Our intention is to pass knowledge of waste management and environmental sustainability to children and youths, through a well designed and articulated curriculum. We are happy that it is gradually making an impact and a recognition of this, is what has given birth to this award. We thank the SWEEP Foundation for this lasting honour”.

Speaking further, the LAWMA helmsmen enjoined Lagosians, to tap the huge economic potential in recycling, and to embrace the twin-bin initiative of the Agency, to solve waste management challenges in the Lagos metropolis.

He noted also, that the role of the Authority, was to regulate the operations of the various players in the waste management space.

According to him, “LAWMA as an agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating and ensuring proper waste management, through community advocacy has visited over 30 LCDAs, sensitizing people on the need to key into recycling by separating their waste waste at source.

“Recycling is the way to go and that is a cause we champion in LAWMA. When we reduce the waste that goes to the landfills, we will have a saner and safer environment. LAWMA is not resting on its oars, that is why the management organized stakeholders forum with communities across the state, to discuss proper waste disposal and the need to embrace recycling as a profitable enterprise.”

He said further that: “All organized estates have been advised to acquire bins, so as to separate organic waste from recyclables, before PSP come for evacuation and by so doing, their waste bills will be discounted by 15 per cent”.

The Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Tajudeen Gaji, commended the Foundation for its result-orientated environmental sustainability advocacy, promising that the government would continue to fulfill its own part of the bargain, for a people-friendly environment.

Other prominent speakers at the programme included Mr. Ola Oresanya, a former Managing Director of LAWMA and now the Special Adviser on Environment to Ogun State Governor, who also noted that the recycling space harboured abundant economic potential, urging people to launch in, to combat unemployment and pervasive poverty.

Folashade Kadiri (Mrs)
Director, Public Affairs
LAWMA

1st July, 2022

PRESS RELEASE

We are Committed to a Clean Environment – LAWMA Boss
…Appeals for waste containerisation

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has reassured residents of firm commitment to a clean environment despite the challenge of diesel scarcity, while also appealing to them to bag and containerise their waste.

The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated this on Friday while monitoring the environment, adding that efforts were being intensified, to clear any backlog of refuse, and to stop acts of indiscriminate waste disposal around the city.

He said: “We have redoubled our efforts, working round the clock to ensure that we evacuate all waste anywhere around the city. Although the scarcity and high cost of diesel has been a major challenge, as all service providers’ trucks run on diesel, nonetheless, we are doing the needful and leaving no stone unturned, to maintain a clean environment and prevent health hazard to the people”.

“Over preceding months, we have rolled out advocacy and media sensitisation campaigns, to inform and educate residents on the importance of environmental cleanliness, particularly the act of waste containerisation. We have also supported efforts of PSP operators, by providing backup services in areas that experienced service gaps, with the overall aim of eradicating black spots across the metropolis”.

He appealed to residents to properly bag and containerise their waste to allow more storage period and prevent littering.

According to him, “The resurgence of waste observed in some areas of the metropolis is borne out of the unforeseen diesel challenges the service providers are experiencing, and since tenements cannot keep waste in their houses, have resorted to bringing it to the highways, which isn’t proper.”

“While we strongly reiterate the importance of waste containers at home, we passionately appeal and canvass for public cooperation, to combat a resurgence of waste on road medians, canals and other illegal spots.”

“We are assuring Lagosians of our total commitment to rid the environment of dirt. As we work day and night to make this happen, we urge you to support our efforts because the cleanliness of the state is a collective responsibility”, he stressed.

Odumboni noted further that despite the serious logistics challenges faced by PSP operators, as a result of the increase in the price of diesel, they had continued to provide services to tenements, adding that the Authority, in order to ensure effective turnaround time of waste collection trucks, had also ensured that landfills in the state are in proper shape.

“Before now, we had carried out massive rehabilitation work across our various landfills, to improve the turnaround time of PSP trucks servicing tenements and commercial facilities in the state. This has improved condition of the sites, paving way for seamless waste collection activities”, he stated.

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

Kadiri Folashade (Mrs.)
Director, Public Affairs
24/06/2022

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LAWMA, Community Leaders Collaborate On Enforcement
… Igando-Ikotun residents tasked on waste policing

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has reiterated its commitment to stamping out all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal in the state, by collaborating with various stakeholders, especially community leaders.

The Managing Director/CEO LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, made this known on Monday, stressing that the Authority had improved on waste policing activities across various communities, by strategically positioning personnel on ground, to monitor the environment.

He said, “The task of achieving a cleaner and livable environment is one that requires the involvement of all stakeholders. This is why we are working with community leaders to stamp out improper waste disposal, which has exposed our environment and people living in it, to various hazards”.

Odumboni said LAWMA’s enforcement team had embarked on a comprehensive statewide campaign, to arrest and prosecute those bent on causing environmental degradation in the metropolis, and derailing efforts of the Authority towards attaining a sustainable environment in the state.

“Our enforcement team has been made visible across various communities. They ensure total compliance with the environment laws of the state, arresting defaulters and the outlawed cart pushers in the process. Business facilities known to have contravened the laws are also being sealed off, to serve as deterrent to others”, he stated.

The LAWMA boss also charged Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area, on community waste policing, for clean and sustainable environment, while urging residents of the area, to imbibe positive attitude change towards their surroundings.

He stated that community waste policing would create employment opportunities for the youths in the council, and would also forestall indiscriminate dumping of waste on roads medians and other unauthorised locations, as the youths monitored identified black spots across the council area.

“Community waste policing is a sure way to sustain good waste management. It is also a means of youth empowerment and revenue generation. So I urge the council lawmakers to examine their bylaws and do the needful”, he stressed.

Mr. Odumboni highlighted the environmental and economic benefits of recycling and waste separation at source, noting that the process would reduce the volume of wastes reaching the landfills, while also creating jobs.

He called on residents to cooperate with the Authority by bagging and containerising their waste, as well as patronising assigned PSP operators, whose job is to evacuate waste generated by tenements, stressing that the task of keeping the environment clean is a collective one.

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Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)
Director, Public Affairs
13/06/2022

LAWMA destroys carts

LAWMA Destroys 400 Carts
…..says cart pushers constitute security challenge

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has destroyed more than 400 carts, confiscated from pushers, who serially dump waste at unauthorized locations across the city, in clear violation of environmental laws of the state.

Commenting on the exercise which took place at LAWMA’s Ogudu facility, the Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated that the exercise which would be a continuous one, became necessary to weaken the ability of the cart pushers to return to business, and to decimate the cart population defacing the cityscape, stressing that the activities of cart pushers across the Lagos metropolis remained banned.

He observed that cart pushers posed a threat not only to environmental sustainability but to the security of residents, as many cart pushers harbour dangerous weapons like knives, machetes and others, to perpetrate criminal activities.

According to him, “Cart pushers are about the biggest threat to our effort at attaining environmental sustainability. We will not allow anyone or group of persons to derail the ongoing efforts to make the environment better. Criminal elements have hidden under this guise to carry out heinous crimes. If there are no carts to push, they will get other jobs.

“They pose as much threat to the environment as to the security of the citizens. It will shock you to know that many of them keep weapons like knives, machetes, etc, in their carts to attack and dispossess unsuspecting persons when the opportunity presents itself. One of such cart pusher was tried and jailed last week, having been apprehended at Victoria Island, vandalising and stealing government’s iron rods. There have been many reported cases of theft of movable items from people’s compounds traced to them”.

The LAWMA boss disclosed that opportunity was open for repentant cart-pushers, to step forward, get registered with LAWMA, given proper orientation, and trained as pickers and offtakers of recyclables, working hand in hand with other stakeholders in the waste management chain.

Odumboni maintained that government was not interested in taking away their means of livelihood, which however has to be within the confines of the law.

The LAWMA boss reaffirmed the agency’s total commitment to making the State’s city space an environment- friendly one, urging residents to join the Authority’s quest for a cleaner Lagos by shunning improper waste disposal, paying their waste bill and patronising assigned PSP operators.

Also commenting, the president of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, AWAMN, Mr. David Oriyomi, lauded government’s constant support for the association, promising a new era of fruitful collaboration with LAWMA.

Present were LAWMA’s Executive Director Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi; Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Olohunwa Tijani; Head, Enforcement unit, Mr. Idowu Sanni; and other stakeholders.

Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.) Director, Public Affairs
LAWMA

23rd May, 2022

Court Jails Environmental Offender

A Lagos mobile court at Bolade Oshodi, headed by magistrate T. O. Fashina, has jailed for three months (3-months) a 32 year old environmental offender, Abubakar Sanni, who posed under the guise of cart pushing, to vandalise and steal iron rods at Karim Kotun area of Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, made this known on Saturday, following the apprehension and prosecution of the cart pusher.

He said, “The Authority wants to make it clear that cart pushing remains outlawed in the state. The menace of cart pushers has led to the rise of indiscriminate waste disposal, coupled with the fact that criminal elements now hide under it to perpetuate their crimes”.

Odumboni noted that the Authority, since the inception of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, had introduced various programmes and initiatives aimed at making Lagos cleaner and livable for all, as well as empowering PSP operators, to effectively discharge their statutory duties.

“Since the present administration assumed office, we have taken definite steps towards addressing waste management challenges in the state. One of such was, absorbing many of the outlawed cart pushers into the business of recycling, so as to preserve their livelihood. However, this magnanimous gesture of government shouldn’t be taken for granted,” he stated.

The LAWMA boss reminded the general public of the current offensive on all forms of environmental infractions, adding that the agency would not fold its hands and watch some people destroy efforts targeted at making the environment in the state a sustainably cleaner one, adding that anyone caught contravening the Environmental Laws would face the full wrath of the law.

“Our enforcement team has been repositioned to monitor the environment across the metropolis and ensure that environmental defaulters are arrested and prosecuted. Currently, some offenders have been arrested and prosecuted for various infractions. This will serve as a deterrent to those bent on eroding the recent gains made on environment,” he said.

Odumboni renewed his plea for environmental friendliness, urging residents to embrace the culture of bagging and containerising their waste, and patronising assigned PSP operators instead of cart pushers, who engage in indiscriminate dumping of refuse at road medians, canals and other unauthorised locations.

Residents were also admonished to call LAWMA toll-free lines 07080601020 and 617, for all complaints and inquiries on waste management related matters in their area.

Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)
Director, Public Affairs
21/05/2022

LAWMA AT ONIRU BEACH ADOPTION AND CLEAN-UP … to mark World Recycling Day

LAWMA AT ONIRU BEACH ADOPTION AND CLEAN-UP
… to mark World Recycling Day

The Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni led senior staff of LAWMA, to the clean-up and adoption of Oniru Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, by Sterling One Foundation.

The event was organized by the Foundation and HRM Abisogun II Foundation (HAIIF), to commemorate the 2022 Global Recycling Day, themed: “Recycling Fraternity”.

Speaking to the press on the sidelines, the LAWMA boss charged individuals and corporate organizations, to take responsibility for the environment through waste sorting at source and not wait for government, to drive the effort towards a cleaner environment.

He further urged residents and beach users, to come together and make a difference, by leaving an enduring legacy of people-friendly environment, for improved living and economic prosperity, adding that beach clean-up was the first step in ensuring that coastal areas were clean.

In her address, the convener of the event, Mrs. Olapeju Ibekwe, disclosed that in the last one year, Sterling One Foundation had adopted four beaches including Alpha, Eleko, Lafiaji and Ibereko. The objective, according to her, was to care for life outside water and under water, as well as empower people through the recycling value chain.

Chief Olumide Oniru, the Olopon of Iruland, who represented the His Royal Majesty, Oba Omogbolahan Lawal, Abisogun II, the Oniru of Iru Land, disclosed that no less than 1,000 trees had been planted around the kingdom in recent times, adding that youths had been recruited as environmental champions, to raise awareness on the prevention of plastic pollution.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Dr. Bolaji Gaji, who represented the commissioner, Mr. Tunji Bello, stressed that the ministry had adopted single use plastic policy, urging Lagosians to commit to waste sorting at source, to limit plastic pollution.

The gathering included many dignitaries, including the commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf; General Manager LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe; General Manager LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel; managing director of Waste Exchange Limited, Mr. Taiwo Adewole and senior LAWM Staff.

Folashade Kadiri
Director, Public Affairs
19th March, 2022

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LAWMA Boss Lauds Surulere LG
…counsels others on waste sorting and policing

The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni has commended residents of Surulere Local Government Area, for maintaining a consistently clean environment, resulting in the choice as the cleanest local government in Lagos State, during the 2021 metropolitan competition.

Odumboni who gave the commendation at a stakeholder’s meeting on solid waste management across LCDAs in the state, held at the council secretariat, enjoined residents not to rest on their oars, in order to inspire other communities still lagging behind.

Commenting on the essence of implementing sustainable waste management practices in the council, the LAWMA boss noted that the community youths were a worthy resource that should be trained, to police vulnerable areas from indiscriminate waste disposal and black spots.

According to him, “Surulere Local Government is making a significant impact on its youths, with a lot of empowerment going on. Indeed, the sky is your starting point. LAWMA is an advocate of youth empowerment, we are ready to help you train them on waste policing. Let them man areas where cart pushing business is thriving and get them arrested for violating environmental laws of the land.

Speaking further, he said, “Waste sorting is the way to go as the landfills are overstretched. More than four billion plastic bottles are generated annually and it takes about 450 years for a single plastic bottle to dissolve. Therefore, I urge everyone to sort their waste at source, especially organised estates. The same goes for companies, shops and other businesses. Beginning from April, there will be an increment on the waste bills of estates and organizations who refuse to sort their waste at source’’.

The chairman of the council, Hon. Sulaimon Bamidele Yusuf, in his remarks, commended LAWMA’s effort, adding that the council had acquired a compactor for carting away community waste after environmental sanitation on Thursday.

In another development, LAWMA’s Executive Director, Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, had charged youths in Epe Local Government and Eredo Local Council Development Area, to be involved in waste policing, to apprehend defaulters whose activities deface the environment.

Mr. Adebiyi, who represented LAWMA’s managing director at the stakeholders’ meetings organised respectively in Epe LGA and Eredo LCDA, observed that residents needed to do more, in the area of cooperation with the PSP operators assigned to their areas, adding that the operators had been mandated to upscale their services and deliver effectively on assigned responsibilities.

Responding, the council manager for Epe Local Government, Hon. Olakunle Bakare, who represented the council chairman, commended LAWMA for its good job in the town, and appealed for more PSP operators in the area.

He hinted on the recruitment of youths as street captains, for waste policing around the town, to ensure a cleaner and sustainable environment.

On his own part, the Eredo LCDA chairman, represented by his vice, Hon. Lateef Adesanya, also praised LAWMA for its sustained efforts, promising to do the needful to achieve the right environmental behavior by the people.

Folashade Kadiri (Mrs)
Director, Public Affairs
LAWMA
11th March, 2022

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AT STAKEHOLDERS’ MEETING, LAWMA BOSS CANVASSES WASTE SORTING AND RECYCLING

The Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has urged residents of the Mainland Local Government and Yaba LCDA, to embrace the culture of waste sorting at source, to reduce pressure on landfills around the state.

Odumboni said this at a meeting with solid waste management stakeholders in those councils, comprising market leaders, artisans and representatives of CDAs/CDCs, where he enjoined them to look inwards for local solutions to tackle waste management challenges, including active engagement of youths for waste policing in the area.

The participants spoke freely on environmental challenges in their various domains, as the LAWMA boss responded to the issues raised.

Hon. Nurudeen Aileru who represented Yaba LCDA Chairman, commended LAWMA for the spirited effort at achieving a clean city, promising that the councils would play their parts, towards achieving a sustainable environment.

Alhaja Kaosara Adebayo, Iyaloja Asejere Market, Oyingbo, complained about the epileptic performance of PSP operators, while also suggesting the creation of the equivalent of PSPs for Lagos waterways.

Also speaking, the Yaba LCDA House Leader, Hon. Solomon Gbinigie, suggested the setting up of a whatsapp platform for stakeholders in the councils, for quick resolution of waste management issues.

It was the 9th stakeholders’ meeting, organised by LAWMA, and planned to cover the 57 local governments and LCDAs of the state. Some of the councils already covered include: Apapa, Ajeromi/Ifelodun, Ikorodu West, Mushin, Ijako Ijaiye/Ojokoro and others.

Other prominent personalities at the meeting include LAWMA’s Executive Director, Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi; LAWMA’s CTO, Dr. Olorunwa Tijani; CDC Mainland chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri; the council leader, Hon. Solomon Gbinigie; and LAWMA staff, among others.

Folashade Kadiri
Director, Public Affairs
LAWMA
Thursday, 3rd March 2022

The Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, addressing participants at the Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA stakeholders’ meeting on solid waste management, held at Yaba secretariat, on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022.
Rep of Chairman of Yaba LCDA, Hon. Bolanle Aileru giving his welcome remarks at Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA stakeholders’ meeting on solid waste management, held at the Yaba secretariat, on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022.
Iyaloja, Oyingbo & Mainland Markets, Alhaja Sikiratu Ajide, during the Q & A session, at the Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA’s stakeholders’ meeting on solid waste management, held at Yaba secretariat, on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022
Council majority leader, Hon. Solomon Gbinigie giving a short remarks at Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA stakeholders’ meeting on solid waste management, held at the Yaba secretariat, on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022.
CDC Mainland chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri giving a short remarks at Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA stakeholders’ meeting on solid waste management, held at the Yaba secretariat, on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022.
CDA Sango Akinlagun chairman, Mr. Adisa Taiwo during the Q & A session, at the Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA’s stakeholders’ meeting on solid waste management, held at Yaba secretariat, on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022
The Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni (m); rep. of chairman, Yaba LCDA, Hon. Nurudeen Bolanle Aileru (3rd left); LAWMA’s Executive Director, Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi(2nd left); CDC Mainland chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri (L); AGM. Central District, Mr. Kemi Alao (3rd right); AGM Performance Management, Mrs. Tawa Oyekanmi (2nd right); and Head, Lagos Mainland Environmental Services, Mrs. Sola Amokunmosa (r), during Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA stakeholders’ meeting on solid waste management, held at Yaba secretariat, on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022.
Cross sections of participants at the Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA’s stakeholders’ meeting on solid waste management, held at Yaba secretariat, on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022.
The Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni (r) and rep. of chairman, Yaba LCDA, Hon. Nurudeen Bolanle Aileru (L), during Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA stakeholders’ meeting on solid waste management, held at Yaba secretariat, on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022.
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LAWMA MD HOSTS LAGOS RETIREES COOPERATIVE’S MEMBERS, PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR THEIR SOCIETY

The Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Waste Manage Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, on the 8th of February, 2022, hosted members of the Public Service Retirees Cooperative Multi-purpose Society, who came on a courtesy visit to the Authority’s headquarters, at Ijora-Olopa, Lagos.

Led by the Director, Post Service Department of the Public Service Office, in the office of the Head of Service of Lagos State, Mrs. Bukonla Durodola and the cooperative’s president, Mr. Sunday Owolabi, the retirees sought collaboration and assistance of the Authority, on how to take advantage of the economic opportunities in recycling and waste management.

Mr. Odumboni, while receiving members of the society, commended their thoughtfulness to be part of the recycling initiative of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Administration, assuring them of the Authority’s assistance towards actualizing their objectives.