The efforts of the Lagos State Government to stop further spread of the deadly coronavirus, as well as the elimination of pollutants and infectious disease-carrying organisms, from the state is gaining more momentum.
The Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, has commenced the fumigation of all sandfills and dumpsites, which dots the state.
The LAWMA team, led by Mr. Olumide Mumuni’s, first stop was Solous Landfills, one of the three major landfill sites located in the state.
Solous Landfills comprises of two dumpsites, Solous 2, a 7.8 hectares site and Solous 3, a 5 hectares site, both located along the Lasu –Iba road, Igando. Each site receives an average of about 2,250m3 of waste per day.
The fumigation exercise, which began in the early hours of Saturday, 4th April, lasted for several hours. The fumigators, fully clothed with personal protective equipment walked through the length and breadth of the sites fumigating every nooks and crannies of the place.
Speaking on the exercise, the Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said fumigating dumpsites became necessary following the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
He said while it has always been part of his agenda to fumigate all dumpsites and landfills in the state, there is no better time than now to commence the exercise.
Dr. Gbadegesin said all hands were on deck to ensure that all sand fills and dumpsites within the metropolis are fumigated within the shortest possible time.
“All the dumpsites are to be fumigated. The one we did today is called Solous 1and 2 in Igando. We will do the one in Ewu- Elepe in Ikorodu and of course the TLS in Agege and Simpson. We have started and will not stop until the job is done.
“The safety of citizens and all those who operate within and around these site are paramount and LAWMA is not resting until we defeat this pandemic completely and we will do all we can on our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and any other disease that may want to arise,’”Dr. Gbadegesin said.
Lagos, the commercial hub of Nigeria and arguably, the fastest growing city in the world, is no doubt, faced with lots of challenges resulting from environmental pollution, coming from vehicles, waste dumpsites, generator emission as well as industrial pollution.
Just recently, the MD of LAWMA presented thousands of Personal Protective Equipment, Hand Wash Liquid, Hand Sanitizers, Protective Re-Usable Nose Masks, Protective Boots, Hand Gloves, and Protective Eye Glasses to PSP Operators to ensure their safety as they carry out their duties of waste collection and disposal.