While all activities in Lagos remains suspended and residents mandated to stay safe at home, the Lagos Waste Management Authority has begun a massive clean-up of refuse and wastes around the state and one of such areas where this is done is the popular Mile 2 in Amuwo-Odofin L.G.A.
Everyday for the last 3 weeks, over 280 LAWMA’s Sweepers led by APC Woman Leader, Ola Williams a.k.a Iron Lady, have tirelessly been working, cleaning gutters, digging up piles of dirts that had overtaken the roads, clearing and sweeping every nook and cranny of Mile 2, both up and underneath the Popular Mile 2 bridge, and the result is unbelievable!
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LAWMA Managing Director Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin led his team and the media on a monitoring exercise to Mile 2 on Wednesday 15th of April, 2020, to access the ongoing cleaning exercise.
According to WESTERN POST Correspondent, who was part of the monitoring exercise, the result of the cleanup is impressive.
A once notoriously dirty Mile 2 has been completely cleaned in-out with amazing results.
Also impressed by what LAWMA’s sweepers have been able to achieve within this short period of the lock-down, Dr. Gbadegesin commended the sweepers for their diligence and thanked them for volunteering their time and energy at no added cost to ensure this clean up exercise is successful.
‘It’s a massive job that you and your team have done in Mile 2. I remember the first time we came for inspection, what we saw was heaps upon heaps of dirts . Infact, we couldn’t get access to some areas, we had to use the drone to be able to see things clearly. But today, within a period of just 3 weeks, you have completely transformed Mile 2 giving this area a new face and look,’ Dr. Gbadegesin said.
When the Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration took over the affairs of the state, one of the major issue that stared them in the face was the level of dirt’s and filth that littered every corner of the state.
To address the issue of environmental sanitation, a series of institutional reform policies and initiatives were put in place.
And in-line with the zero waste policy, LAWMA went to work, intensifying efforts to clear notable black spots cross the state, with the overall aim of achieving a greater and better Lagos that is livable.
According to the LAWMA Boss, this is a long term project aimed at recovering the land for the people.
‘This is not only in mile 2, what is happening here is presently ongoing in various part of the state with different teams. We are taking this lock-down due to the Coronavirus pandemic to address serious environmental issues. And that is with a view to further protect Lagosians from the current pandemic in the world,’ Dr. Gbadegesin said.
As Lagos state and the nation as a whole battle the COVID-19 Pandemic, expert have continuously emphasized the need to practice personal and environmental hygiene.
Any virus, whether Corona, Ebola or SARS would thrive in a very dirty environment.
Therefore the effort by the Lagos State government in ridding the state off dirts is highly commendable. Lagos is tying up loose ends that could promote the spread of the virus.
The Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration have echoed its commitment to the Welfare of its residents.
And this includes making sure the people of Lagos state is safe and as such ‘We will not give any opportunity to infectious disease to thrive,’ Dr. Gbadegesin stressed.
Addressing the concerns of the women leader, Ola Williams, on indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the vicinity, the LAWMA boss said they have engaged some locals and they are currently being paid to police the entire stretch of Mile 2 road to stop people from dumping their waste on the road.
He said the agency will also involve the environmental task force to enforce against the various illegal activities going on Mile 2.