Determined to consolidate on its ongoing efforts to rid the state of filth, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has called on residents to intentionally work towards ensuring a cleaner and livable environment always.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, made the call recently in his office at Ijora, Lagos, adding that the Authority’s sanitation workers and waste managers have been mandated to work relentlessly across the metropolis, to ensure a filth-free Lagos after the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
He said: “In anticipation of an increase in waste generation during and after the celebration, we have intensified our operations, deploying our personnel at strategic points in the State, to clean the roads, highways and markets, as well as facilitating clearance of blackspots defacing the environment”.
“We know that during major festivities, more waste will be generated by residents and we are fully prepared to cart away the waste promptly”, he stressed.
Odumboni also stated that PSP operators have been tasked with providing satisfactory waste management services to the generality of residents by ensuring prompt evacuation of waste, irrespective of assigned days, adding that LAWMA would provide backup services to close any noticeable service gaps.
“We are committed to making sure that Lagosians have a wonderful celebration. We are also working with the Ministry of the Environment, our supervisory Ministry, and other stakeholders to help us achieve our objectives”, he stated.
The LAWMA boss called on residents to shun indiscriminate dumping of waste and embrace the culture of sorting and bagging of waste, especially animal waste, to avoid pollution of the environment and to facilitate easy evacuation.
“Improper waste disposal at unauthorised locations such drains, road medians and canals, is a major challenge we are tackling, and we won’t rest on our oars until we realise our aim. So we are appealing to our people to bag their wastes and containerise them near their houses for easy evacuation by assigned PSP operators”, he said.
The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA described the Agency’s workforce as heroes for their diligence in keeping Lagos environment clean, just as enjoined residents to call the Authority’s toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617 for complaints and inquiries.