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LAWMA MD Charges Somolu Residents On Waste Management

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LAWMA MD/CEO Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Addressing the Town Hall Meeting.

The MD/CEO of the Lagos State Management Authority, LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni has charged residents and business owners in Somolu Local Government to adopt the system of ‘local policing’ to resolve the issues of waste management in the locality.

Mr. Odumboni gave this charge on Wednesday at the Somolu Local Government Secretariat, Oguntolu, when he led the management team of LAWMA to a town hall meeting with community party, religious and market leaders, and other stakeholders.

L-R, MD/CEO LAWMA,
Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni and Executive chairman of somolu- Hon. Abdul-Hamed Salawu

In line with the theme of the event ‘For the Restoration of Environmental Aesthetic of Lagos State in Tandem with the Modern City Status,’ the LAWMA boss emphasized the need for the inclusion of the youths in the business of waste management.

He stated that if the youths are well trained and empowered, they can be used to instill discipline in the hearts of residents and business owners.

LAWMA Representative Distributing Waste Disposal Bags to Participants
A Cross-section of Stakeholders Present

He condemned the activities of cart pushers in the local government, stating that, with the state environmental laws now in operation, those caught patronizing cart pushers or any cart pusher found littering the streets of Lagos will be made to face the full arm of the law.

“Those cart pushers that carry wastes around, the government has placed a ban on their activities. They are not wanted anymore. You people should stop patronizing them. Anyone caught patronizing them will be fined five thousand naira or a three months prison sentence. Both the cart pushers and those patronizing them will no longer go scoot free,” he said

According to the LAWMA boss, the last time there was a standard price for waste disposal in Lagos was in 2009, and with the increasing cost of doing business in Nigeria, there is the need for a price review if the business of waste management must be sustained.

Nevertheless, he noted, before a new price can be reached, there must be a consensus between the PSP operators, the CDA’s and the LCDA’s and representative from LAWMA.

He added that whatever price agreed upon after the deliberations, must be respected by all.

He appealed to residents and shop owners to ensure prompt payment of their waste bills as failure to do so will attract a fine and a prison term.

 

 

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