A consistently clean Lagos is achievable and the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, Central District has proven this to be true. One of the most populated district in the state, Central, in the last few months has intensified its effort in ridding the state off dirt and the results are obvious for all to see.
“I am very impressed with your performance. You have done well even though there are still rooms for improvement,” LAWMA boss, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni said on his monitoring and assessment visit to the district on Saturday.
In an address at the district headquarters at Isolo road, Mushin, Odumboni having assessed the facility, assured the staff of the agency’s commitment to address whatever issues the district may be faced with.
However, the LAWMA Boss urged them to remained focus and continue to put in the required time and effort to ensure the district do not return to its former state before the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu took over the affairs of the state.
As part of the visit, Mr. Odumboni led by the District Head, Mrs Oyekanmi, visited several locations within the district and met with union leaders and some stakeholders discussing ways that can be employed to ensure the progress recorded is sustained.
Mushin Olosha market, a densely populated and a major market in the mainland section of Lagos state, is made up several smaller markets all interwoven into one. To maintain the level of cleanliness and move further into areas that still need some attention, Mr. Odumboni requested that more waste bins be provided and stationed at strategic points to discourage the few who still indulge in indiscriminate disposal from doing so.
Noting that easy access to waste bins and effective policing is key if the markets must be consistently clean. He enjoined the market leaders to work closely with LAWMA in achieving the mandate of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The health service Providers were not left out of the monitoring and assessment exercise, TopTee Medical Center Surulere, also welcomed the unscheduled visit of the LAWMA team.
Impressively, the hospital was found to be 100% compliance with the LAWMA waste disposal safety standards. For sometime and still ongoing, the management of LAWMA launched a serious sensitization campaign against co-mingling of waste; So it was a great relieve to find out that hospitals in Lagos are already working in total compliance to standard practice of waste sorting from the source as against the former practice of co-mingling.
Nevertheless, Mr. Odumboni said hospitals and health service providers who are yet to key into this safety standards should emulate TopTee and ensure the safety of everyone.
Lagosians have been advised to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse, rather, they should sort their waste from source and key into the Blu Box Recycling Initiative of the state, while taking advantage of the waste to wealth movement facilitated by the government.