The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni has assured the Private Sector Participants (PSP), in the waste management sector of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to the growth and the sustenability of their operations in the state.
And as a show of commitment, Odumboni said LAWMA is set to begin the issuance of contracts to members of the association.
Speaking at the general meeting of the Lagos chapter of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), Mr. Odumboni said the franchise agreement is ready and will soon be handed out to individual PSP operator.
“The franchise agreement is ready, the governor is in support of it and we have done a thorough job to ensure that beyond this administration your jobs are secured and you have a legal right to work in the wards that you have been allocated.
“Everything is set and to celebrate Mr. Governor two years in office, we would commence issuing the contract to PSPs except to those who still have some issues to resolve within the association,” Odumboni stated.
Furthermore, the LAWMA boss directed all PSPs who were yet to submit their details and all the necessary information to the AWAMN executives to do so with immediate effect as agency is set to begin the process of making sure all trucks and compactors are insured.
Odumboni stated that with the insurance of trucks and compactors, PSP Operators will now be duly compensated in case of accidents or damages.
The LAWMA boss encouraged the PSP operators to build a working synergy with their various local government chairmen and counsellors.
This, he said, is because the local governments are the custodian of waste management. adding that the active participation and positive contributions of the PSP operators in the affairs of the local government will attract the support and cooperation of the people, especially in difficult areas and situations.
“Go back to your local government and participate actively. Be involved in whatever is ongoing in the local government; make an impact and let your voice be heard even in the politics.
“Have a say in whatever decisions as it will go a long way to affect how you carry out your operation there. Also on the issue of tariff, go back and engage with your people and have an agreement,” he said.
AWAMN National President, Mr. David Oriyomi, said the association is happy to have Mr. Odumboni steering the affairs of LAWMA.
He noted that since his assumption of office, the relationship between the association and the essential agency have become more cordial and stronger, adding that they are grateful to have a managing director who listens and is proactive in his approach.
Reacting to the news that the franchise agreement is ready to be served, Mr. Oriyomi said the contract is the foundation of what they are doing.
He said with the contract, whatever fear they had, especially the fear that having invested millions of naira into the business, someone or a government could just come and set them aside like the situation that transpired during the Governor Ambode administration, no longer exist.
“Now we are confident, we are happy. Once we have it, at least we know that for a period of five or seven years, you are guaranteed that in doing your work, you are covered. Except you do anything contrary to the agreement, that is when your agreement will be revoked,” Oriyomi said.