The Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has lamented that the attitudinal behaviour of Lagosians towards refuse disposal isn’t encouraging, urging Lagosians to partner with the Commissioner of having a cleaner Lagos.
The Authority also reiterated it determination to make the State Cleaner and healthier for all, and become the biggest recycling State in West Africa.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Ibrahim Adejuwon Odumboni at a Press Briefing said that the Authority is not resting on its oars in addressing the issue of waste retrieval and the indiscriminate dumping of refuse at the median of major roads in the State.
Odumboni stressed that LAWMA has formed a synergy with the Nigeria Police Force and the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps Watch, to arrest Cart Pushers who dump waste on the streets and roads in the State.
He said these Cart Pushers after retrieving waste from some Lagosians who do not patronize the Private Sector Participation, PSPs, who are Clients of LAWMA, dump it on the Median road at land.
“In addressing this anomalies we have a good relationship with the Police and LNSC who arrest the truck pushers and they are charged to Court.
“We want all Lagosians to have a sense of belonging and not disenfranchise anyone that is why the Lagos State Government has subsidized the price of Diesel so that we won’t over charge Lagosians.
“For areas that are not motorable and are in the hinterlands, we are partnering with some Companies to get us Tricycles that we can use to get to the unmotorable areas and hinterlands to evacuate their refuse”.
He however urged Lagosians to stop patronizing Cart Pushers but signed up with the PSPs for their refuse disposals.
The LAWMA MD said that Waste Management is recurrent and it is a collective responsibility to all irrespective of tribe, religion, political affiliation. He said there is need for attitudinal change in waste management, as every Lagosians have a role to play.
Speaking further, Odumboni lamented that the hike in the prices of Diesel is really having a toll on the Authority stressing that the rising cost of operations has prompted the Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo Olu administration to subsidize Diesel for LAWMA and all its PSP Operators.
He added that as regards rehabilitation of Landfills, the Olusosun, Badagry, Ikorodu and Epe Landfills are working perfectly well now and have capacity to tip 120 in an hour.
It also stated that as from October 1st, 2022, any House that do not have Waste Bin would be penalized as the Authority is partnering with Health Officers to do effective monitoring all around the State.
LAWMA said that by January 1st, 2023, if every household do not have the Waste Bin after been warned, the abatement letter will automatically turn to a prosecution letter.
He appealed to all Lagosians to comply because it is mandatory and compulsory for all Lagosians to have the Waste Bin.
Odumboni also said that the price of Waste tenement will be reviewed and implemented as from September 1st, 2022.
He said that LAWMA is working on making Olusosun Dumpsite become a Waste to Energy for the economic development for the State, just like the LAWMA Medical Waste Management in Ibeju Lekki and Odogunyan.