History made and a new date marked in the sands of time as the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, on Tuesday, September 15, officially launched its LAWMA ACADEMY, LAWMA COMMUNITY MARSHAL AND LAWMA STREET CAPTAIN PROGRAMS, the first in Nigeria and West Africa.
LAWMA, a global brand, under the leadership of the Managing Director, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni has continuously improved and evolved to become the leading force in waste management in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
The launching of the Academy proves that the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu is aware that improved quality education, proper engagement, adequate sensitization and monitoring are critical to acceptability and conformity to laws and regulations in the waste management sector.
The event which was held at the Ijora Olopa headquarters of the agency is one of the mind-blowing initiatives of the forward-thinking management of Mr Odumboni.
In his welcome address, the LAWMA Boss expressed his satisfaction at the milestone achieved.
He said the combination of LAWMA Academy, LAWMA Community Marshals and LAWMA Street Captains will surely guarantee the much-desired improvement as well as sustainability in the Lagos Waste Management Plan.
“It is a common knowledge that waste management is perceived as a dirty job, done at dirty places, by dirty/downtrodden people and often for very poor wages. This has resultantly impaired the disposition of people to waste and its operations.
“To attain a paradigm shift where waste is seen as a job for notable citizens of the state and as a resource, rather than something that should be trashed, LAWMA is therefore committed to deploying more interactive, educative and informative approaches in her transformational agenda,” Mr Odumboni said.
Commissioning the ‘Knowledge Hub’, the wife of Mr Governor, Lagos State, Dr.(Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said the LAWMA Academy is a calculated effort targeted at contributing through an innovative approach to the educational reforms in the waste management sector.
“LAWMA Academy is no doubt the first of its kind in Nigeria and West Africa geared towards literacy improvement, career development and advancement while grooming responsible citizen capable of changing the social order in waste management,” Mrs Sanwo Olu said.
Stressing that while the level of compliance is still very low among citizens as evident in the indiscriminate dumping of waste in gutters, canals and other water channels, Mrs Sanwo-Olu said it is the collective responsibility of everyone to ensure that at all times, there is total compliance to proper waste disposal and, as such, citizens should speak up and shame bad behaviours.
Commending the management of LAWMA for this brilliant move, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said waste management plays an important role in ensuring a healthy and sustainable environment. Emphasising that a safe environment, free of toxins and filth can guarantee the good health of the citizens and allow individuals to operate at an optimal level of productivity.
“It is very gratifying that we are all here to launch the LAWMA Academy, an initiative aimed at making Lagos a cleaner and safer place to live in.
“As a government, our dream is to make Lagos, a 21st-century economy and a very smart state but you will agree with me this is not possible if we do not take waste management very seriously and that is why we must commend the ministry of environment, the staff and management of LAWMA for the good job they have been doing to keep Lagos clean, safe and habitable for all,” Dr Hamzat said.
The remarkable event was witnessed by other top government officials and citizens of the state, including; Honourable Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Representatives of the University of Lagos, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Lagos State University, Technical partners, amongst a few.
To be a part of this movement, the agency says interested individuals and organisations are advised to visit the academy website for all enquires and registration process. The highly subsidised payment plans are convenient and easy to pay for all interested persons. Also, the training is expected to cover all parts of waste management and certificates issued at the end of the training.
As an essential agency, LAWMA under the experienced and watchful hands of Mr Odumboni, will no doubt deliver in line with the mandate of the Sanwo-Olu led government.