LAWMA Academy Organises Summer School for Children

LAWMA Academy, the educational arm of Lagos Waste Management Authority, will organise a four-week summer school for children aged 8 – 13, from 1st August to 26th August, at its headquarters, Ijora-Olopa, on the tenets of effective waste management.

It is the second edition of the programme which debuted last year, aimed at educating pupils on effective waste management and environmental best practice.

The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, said the summer school was put together to groom the younger generation on the need to imbibe a positive mindset and outlook on environmental issues, during the holiday period.

He said, “The Summer School program is designed to educate children from a tender age on the concept of waste and environmental management, to raise ambassadors for a cleaner and healthier environment, with seasoned facilitators in a conducive learning environment. This will help to groom children as responsible environmental advocates while providing other fun-filled activities to aid the learning process”.

Odumboni urged parents and guardians to use the opportunity presented by the long vacation in schools to enroll their children and wards for participation in the summer school, adding that children who could not participate physically, could connect online.

According to the Team Lead of the Academy, Mrs. Elizabeth Ademola, the summer school program was structured to simplify the concepts of waste and environmental management to children, to ensure that every child had sufficient and holistic knowledge of issues bordering on environmental sustainability.

“Being an educative/social forum, we have designed various activities such as, classroom lessons, quiz competitions, essay competitions, debates, indoor and outdoor games, impromptu speeches, excursions, video games, Culinary classes, Field trips and Excursions, researches and experiments on waste management, career talks and lots more”, she stressed.

She further informed that registration for the free summer school programme would end on Friday, 29th July, 2022.

The LAWMA educational arm was recently awarded as, “The best in the promotion of environmental education to youths and students in the state”, at the 3rd edition of Lagos Waste Forum Sustainability Award, organised by Statewide Waste and Environmental Education Programme, SWEEP Foundation, at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.

Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)
Director, Public Affairs
27/07/2022

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