“It is very important we move forward with the Lagos Recycle Initiative and continue to evolve our waste management approach if we must deliver a clean, safe, smart and sustainable Lagos State to the next generation,” the Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni stated this at the agency’s second virtual interactive session that held on Saturday, 15th May, 2021.
“The agenda for recycling will continue to grow because we have a knowledgeable governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo Olu, who is committed to seeing a waste free Lagos,” Odumboni added.
According to him, with the amount of waste generated daily in Lagos State, waste to energy generation, waste to wealth creation and solid waste management will attract serious investment but only if investors see how serious the waste is managed.
Odumboni said one of the ways the agency has made advancement is in the introduction of the PAKAM Application that allows Lagosians to recycle their waste from the comfort of their homes. With this application, and other initiatives such as the LAWMA Academy, there is a paradigm shift in how waste is handled.
Furthermore, Odumboni said plastic wastes amongst other waste materials such as Metals, Glass, tyres, medical waste, carton, paper, food waste e.t.c., the non-degradable Plastics waste is the most generated and disposed indiscriminately, which is one of the major causes of flooding experienced yearly in some part of the Lagos.
“We need to continue awareness so peoples can change their mentality. It is very important to make a significant change and challenge the wrong mindsets and attitude,” Odumboni added.
Responding to questions from participants, Odumboni said with an estimated population of about 25million and a growth rate of 3.2 percent per annum, Lagos currently generate about 13,000 Metric Ton of waste per day.
And with the exponential growth in population, there is also an equivalent growth in waste generation and it will certainly take an effective approach such as the Lagos Recycle Initiative and this type of interactive sessions where members of the general public and stakeholders in the private and public sector come together to brains storm, in order to achieve the much needed change.
Commending the management of LAWMA on how far they have taken the recycling campaign, Mrs Belinda Aderonke Odeneye, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Environment, in her keynote address, stressed the need to put health and environment together.
She said the health of the people is connected to the environment and what they give back to the environment is what comes back to them.
She noted that while Waste to Energy is the next level, Lagosians must embrace recycling because there is a lot that can be done from recycled waste.
“There is the need to expose people to recycling. Let’s encourage private sector because the government cannot do it alone. There is the need to change the mindset of Lagosians and deliver a clean, safe and healthy Lagos,” she said.
Aside the health and environmental benefits of sorting and recycling of waste materials, there is also the economic benefits of recycling.
And according to the MD/CEO LAWMA, the Lagos Recycling Initiative is expected to create at least 6,000 jobs. Also, for the first time, individuals will be able to get value for their waste through the LAWMA Raffle Draw via the PAKAM App.
And to mark the two years in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu, the first raffle draw has been scheduled to take place on the 29th of May, 2021. The agency says a total of five 570 winners will emerge from the 57 LCDAs.
Each of the ten winners from each LCDA will walk away withN10,000. This reward system and incentives for PAKAM active users, the agency said, will continue monthly for the next one year with other prices such as cars, trips abroad e.t.c.
Odumboni emphasised the commitment of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration to the people of Lagos State and therefore urged residents to do their parts.
Also present at the interactive session were top managements from LAWMA, representatives from the Ministry of the Environment, executives and members of the Lagos Recycling Association (LAGRA), estates chairmen and representatives, representatives from LCDAs and residents within and outside the state.