The Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA has disclosed that members of the Lagos Recyclers Agency (LAGRA), will now be paid subsidy in order for them to address some of the pressing issues and challenges confronting and hindering their productivity.
The MD/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni made this statement on Wednesday at the inaugural general meeting of the association which held at the Olusosun dumpsite, Ojota, Lagos.
Mr. Odumboni also ordered the immediate roll out of the criterias the recyclers must meet to qualify for the payment.
He, however, stated categorically that only recyclers who are fully active and operational on the PAKAM App will be considered having satisfied all other criteria.
‘The challenge that most of you have is logistics and you lack the necessary tools to effectively carry out your duties. And that is why LAWMA has thought it wise to assist your operations with the little we can. For some of you that are already established, it may look small but this will go a long way to help those who truly need it. It will address areas where you have major challenges,’ Odumboni said.
The monthly payment of subsidy, which is expected to commence from the 1st of June, 2021, will be reviewed quarterly to allow new members and old members who have satisfied all requirements to access the fund, Mr. Odumboni noted.
He further explained that the agency has commenced plans to begin the issuance of a 5-year contract to all registered recyclers. He said with the issuance of contracts, wards will then be allocated to recyclers.
Dr. Femi Idowu-Adegoke, chairman of the association,expressed optimism about the future of recycling in Lagos State.
He said LAGRA was established to address challenges faced by recyclers and that they are currently mapping out ways to address their major challenge which is logistics.
Idowu-Adegoke commended the LAWMA for all the support and partnership the association has received so far.
He urged all members to embrace the Lagos Recycle Initiative and begin to see waste as a resource, not a problem.
He said: “For every waste, there is a value, and to get the value out of waste, recyclers need to deploy a good business plan and strategy.
“A lot of recyclers here came into the business not as a career line or business venture but because they are passionate about waste management. And now, what we are trying to do as an association is to grow the association, educate the recyclers and put proper structures in place.”