By Flourish Alonge
The Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, has assured Lagosians of LAWMA’s preparedness to tackle the issue of waste as the raining season approaches.
Reacting to the prediction made by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, that Lagos State would experience about 240-270 days rain with a start date of March 19 and end date of Nov. 22, Dr Gbadegesin, said in order to salvage the state from the perils of flooding that may follow.
He said residents have to understand the importance of sorting out their waste rather than dumping them in the drainage.
Dr. Gbadegesin said the issue of waste disposal and flooding in the state could be effectively managed and controlled if Lagosians would learn to cultivate and imbibe the culture of cleanliness.
The LAWMA’s boss noted that though refuse generation is an indispensable aspect of human activities that continuously needs attention, if properly handled, the situation of flooding caused by indiscriminate disposal of waste will be minimized.
In Lagos State, the problem of waste management poses a serious problem both to the government and to the people.
This is particularly due to the exponential increase in population of the people. Whenever it rains, Lagos experiences flooding caused by indiscriminate disposal of waste into storm water, gutters, and roadsides besides refuse burning.
With the issue of climate change, the situation has become even more critical due to the unpredictable weather condition.
However, Dr Gbadegesin says there is no cause for alarm as the rainfall prediction for Lagos in 2020 is a normal one and no difference from what has been experienced before, stating that LAWMA is fully prepared and equipped to tackle whatever situation that may arise.
He said: “Nevertheless, the power to effectively manage the consequences that may arise from this year rainfall, residents would need to comply with proper waste disposal practice and ensure that indiscriminate dumping of refuse especially into drainage is forbidden.”
The LAWMA’s boss urged those yet to key into the blue box initiative to do so now, as this initiative will not only encourage but ensure zero waste generation in the state and promote a healthier and cleaner environment that would minimize the effects of the heavy downpour expected.
Commending the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his foresight, Dr Gbadegesin said the blue box initiative was the solution to the issue of improper waste disposal in the state.
He assured Lagosians of LAWMA’s unwavering commitment to the greater and better Lagos dream for all and that his team would continue to work until a full realization of a mega city free from dirt’s and environmental pollution is achieved.