Seeks Attitudinal Change On Disposal of Refuse
Residents of Lekki and Ibeju-Lekki Local Council Development Areas, have been advised to acquire waste bins for packaging their waste pending evacuation by the PSP operators.
The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, counselled members of the public during stakeholders’ meetings in different Council Secretariats within the Lekki axis.
Odumboni, who was represented at both events by LAWMA’s Executive Director of Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, stated that a major cause of waste migration and indiscriminate disposal is the non-availability of bins in most homes, warning that abatement notices would soon be served on defaulting homes while prosecution follows early next year.
“Ownership of waste bins is a must for all homes and defaulters will soon get abatement notices, to be followed later by the prosecution from January next year”, he said.
The LAWMA helmsman also appealed to residents to change their attitude as recyclable waste is a source of income, urging Lagosians to cultivate the habit of waste sorting from source in order to reduce the volume of waste going to the landfills.
His words: “We have the mandate to visit all the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the State, and that is why we have come to your community, to sensitise and enlighten you on the importance of proper waste management. Effective waste management in your community can help prevent the spread of diseases such as cholera, typhoid, Lassa fever e.t.c. in your environment, hence, the need to have a bin in your homes, to shut out rodents getting in contact with your waste, and also to aid easy evacuation by PSP operators”.
Charging the Councils to mobilise the youths in their communities for local policing of blackspots and apprehending defaulters caught dumping waste indiscriminately, Odumboni pointed out that there is value in items discarded in homes, such as cans, papers, cartons, pet bottles, glass etc.
He advised residents to sort waste properly before disposal and use the PAKAM APP to request the pickup of recyclables.
In his welcome address, the Executive Chairman of Ibeju Lekki Local Government (LCDA, Mr. Sesan Olowa, commended the efforts of the Authority towards ensuring a cleaner environment, especially on the road medians, adding that the stakeholders’ meeting would bring a mutually rewarding benefit.
“I got the idea of Cleaner Lagos from LAWMA and decided to replicate it in Ibeju Lekki. So far, we have employed about 300 sweepers and 30 gardeners, who help in keeping our environment clean. Also, I have mobilised youths in the community to police blackspots and arrest violators caught dumping waste indiscriminately. These youths were specially trained by LAWMA on waste policing and arrest of violators”, he said.
Olowa added that the task force has been effective and defaulters are being arrested and fined appropriately.
On his part, Chairman, Lekki Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr. Bamidele Kasali, commended the authority for ensuring a livable environment, urging members of his community to appreciate the services of LAWMA by patronising assigned PSP operators and paying their waste bills promptly.
“I believe your visit to our community will be of benefit to us. I commend the efforts that LAWMA has put in place to ensure our environment is always clean. I also appeal to the members of the community to reciprocate the services of LAWMA, by ensuring that they pay their waste bills promptly”, he said.
In attendance were senior Council functionaries, traditional rulers and senior LAWMA staff including Assistant General Manager, Performance Management, Mrs. Bimbo Opayemi; District Head West II, Mrs. Tawa Oyekanmi and District Head East II, Mrs. Bola Adewunmi, among others.