The Acting Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni has reiterated his commitment towards ensuring that all waste collection and disposal guidelines are strictly adhered to and that all structures and staff of the essential service agency are working at optimal.
In line with this agenda, Odumboni on Wednesday, 5th of August began a two week long. 24 hour Appraisal Tour across the mega city, and also carry out enforcement exercise.
Lagos East District was the first stop for Mr. Odumboni and his team from the district led by Mr Wale Adesina.
Onikan Health Centre, VI, welcomed the unannounced visit of the Acting MD on Wednesday where issues of waste co-mingling was spotted and addressed.
Odumboni said sorting of waste from source should be a practice especially for health care providers who handle highly contagious waste. He asked that a 1000L blue recycle bin be made available to the facility.
Engineer Bankole Olasunkomi, Head of Engineering, Mr. Olanikpekun Olarinwaju, Service Delivery Director and the Medical Director of Onikan Health Centre received the LAWMA team.
Mr. Olarinwaju said prior to the visit from LAWMA, arrangements were already in full swing for an in-house training of all waste handlers. He acknowledged that co-mingling of waste poses a high risk especially to waste collectors and as such the hospital management are working to ensure the practice is discontinued.
Enroute Kamaru Senior Secondary School, Odumboni had a quick stop at Bonny Camp and met with some LAWMA sweepers on duty. The excited sweepers captained by Mrs Idowu Adu thanked Mr. Odumboni for his rapt attention to issues that affect sweepers and providing solutions for all their complaints.
They acknowledged the issues of salaries have been dealt with and that more than before, they are committed to keeping the state clean 24/7.
At Kamuro Senior Secondary School, Victoria Island, Odumboni met with principals from the four secondary school housed in the premises and was led around to inspect the various waste disposal site for each school.
The schools include Victoria Island Senior Secondary School headed by Mrs. Jeboda, Victoria Island Junior Secondary School, headed by Mrs Ogunowo, Koramo Senior College, Headed by Mr. Daudu and Koramo Junior College, headed by Mrs Olatunde.
The LAWMA boss was impressed at the level of compliance to COVID-19 protocol in the different schools and how the students were organized. He addressed the student briefly on the need to practice waste sourcing and recycling.
Odumboni said it is the mandate from the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu that recycling of waste, campaign and sensitization should begin from the grass root. And based on the governors directive, recycle bins will be provided to all schools and students trained on how to sort their waste from source.
Next stop was Magbon Alade Town, Ibeju Lekki.
At Akodo community, LAWMA presence was almost not felt. Our investigation revealed that the locals refusal to patronize LAWMA and practice safe waste disposal led to the pile up of huge amount of waste along the beach side of the community. This is reportedly the situation with other communities in the town of Magbon Alade.
Nevertheless, Mr. Odumboni ordered an immediate evacuation of the waste and asked that LAWMA Bins are positioned at strategic points around the community.
He also asked that an immediate sensitization campaign be started and community waste policing be put in place to discourage the indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
LAWMA boss met with Chief Billiaminu Omogbolahan Jimoh, Baale of Epelemeje Orofon, Ibeju Lekki, who noted that the people in these communities do not believe in paying for waste disposal.
According to Chief Jimoh, the tradition of haphazard dumping of waste is a lifestyle the people are not willing to abandon for a more organized system of waste disposal. “The people here don’t believe in paying for waste. They dont understand that waste disposal is a business, that you don’t just dump refuge anywhere but in specific area and pay for the service of evacuation,” Chief Jimoh said.
Other places visited include Elemorun Market, where inspection of waste disposal site was carried out. Mrs Kudirat, Olopa of Elemorun Market said the traders have been up to date with payments and that all waste disposal guideline are strictly adhered to.
Enforcement exercise were carried out at Jin Hua Group Limited, at Eleko Beach Road, Ibeju Lekki, Ranaj Plaza. Also at Ajirun Town, Ajah, a truckload of broken tiles and other remnants from a construction site headed for disposal at unauthorized location was seized. Also a top furniture company, Just Furnitures located at Ajah was sealed off for breaking LAWMA’s Waste Disposal guidelines.
Monitoringexercised continued from 11pm of Wednesday the 5th of August and ended in the early hours of Thursday, 6th of August at about 3am.