The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and the Shomolu Local Government have reached an agreement to reintroduce monthly environmental sanitation on a voluntary basis. Beginning from November, the activity will be taking place on the last Saturday of each month from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, stated at the stakeholders’ meeting where the agreement was reached that the current state of the environment in the Council neighbourhood is unsatisfactory and that residents should re-engage fully with the serving PSPs to ensure unhindered service delivery.
He explained that waste collection and disposal are not free anywhere in the globe, therefore citizens must take responsibility for their waste management and mobilize the area’s youth to monitor the blackspots in order to get the desired results.
Odumboni said: “It is very important for all of us here to participate in ensuring that Shomolu is kept clean. It is a duty for you to ensure that your environment is always clean”.
“The solution to Shomolu’s challenge is the youth. Empower the youth and they will solve your waste disposal problem. You have a lot of able-bodied young men, deploy them to strategic places to police the blackspots. This is called local policing; it is a local solution to a local problem”, he asserted.
The LG Chairman, Mr Abdul-Hamed Salawu, also appreciated LAWMA’s commitment to revitalizing waste management in the area, urging residents to live healthy and hygienic lives by keeping their environment clean and paying their waste bills to ensure continued PSP service.
He said: “A healthy environment is one that is sustainable for a long time and a source of a good life for everyone. Many of our actions and attitude to this planet has resulted in many environmental problems. Therefore, it is my duty to protect our environment and restore the aesthetics of Lagos State towards achieving our model city status”.
While addressing, Alhaja Omobolanle Suleiman, Vice Iyaoloja-General of Shomolu, praised LAWMA’s efforts in enabling a cleaner environment for markets in the Council area but also urged the agency to be cautious and thoughtful in its proposed upward review of market billing for waste-collection.
Mr Olugbenga Adebola, Chairman of the PSP in Shomolu/Bariga, spoke to the locals about waste sorting at the source for recycling purposes.
Adebola urged them to classify recyclable materials for sale to off-takers, emphasizing that the so-called waste might provide a significant economic potential if properly managed.
The Vice-Chairman of the LG, Mr Adekunle Ibiyemi; a former Council Chairman, Mr Mogbolahan; and CDC Chairman, Mr Adedapo Oduguwa were all present at the LAWMA event held at the Council Secretariat in Oguntolu.