The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has enjoined Lagosians to tap the huge economic potential in recycling, and also embrace the twin-bin initiative of the Agency to solve waste management challenges in the Lagos metropolis.
Managing Director/CEO LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, represented by the Executive Director, Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, disclosed this at the 3rd edition of Lagos Waste Forum, organised by Statewide Waste and Environmental Education Programme, SWEEP Foundation, at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.
Odumboni said, “LAWMA as an agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating and ensuring proper waste management, through community advocacy has visited over 30 LCDAs, sensitising people on the need to key into recycling by separating their waste at source”.
“All organised Estates have been advised to acquire bins so as to separate organic waste from recyclables before PSPs come for evacuation, and by so doing waste bills will be discounted by 15 per cent”, he added.
Commenting on the LAWMA Academy Award received at the event, Odumboni, expressed delight and showered encomiums on the foundation, for recognising 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.
His words: “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 recognition of this has given birth to this award. We thank the SWEEP Foundation for this lasting honour”.