The Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, Monday, took delivery of a waste truck, an AXIR 1823 Roll on Roll off Model.
The truck, donated by Mercedes Benz, a frontline automobile manufacturer, was handed over to the Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin.
Presenting the truck, the Head of Sales, Mercedes Benz, Mr. Umoh Ekanem, said the organization is proud to be identified with LAWMA.
Lauding the efforts of LAWMA, Mr. Ekanem said since this administration took over, it had succeeded in ridding the state off dirts, affirming that the streets of Lagos are now cleaner.
He said that is why a prestigious brand like Mercedes is happy to partner and assist LAWMA, an agency with notable achievements.
He said Mercedes would contribute more in order to assist the Authority in the enormous job of waste management.
Receiving the truck, the LAWMA boss commended Mercedes Benz for the gesture. He said with collaborations like this, evacuation and management of waste would be easy.
‘I commend your kind gesture which will no doubt enhance evacuation of waste and its management, boost operational capacity and impact positively on disposal, especially at this period of the fight against Coronavirus.,
‘I enjoin other private sector organisations and conglomerates to emulate this outstanding feat of Mercedes Benz, to contribute not only to waste management, but other laudable programmes and projects embarked upon by the administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu,’ Dr. Gbadegesin said.
In the last one month, the management of LAWMA and Lagos state government have intensified its efforts to stop the spread of the deadly infection.
LAWMA, an essential service provider have continually pushed the frontiers, while the state remained on a lockdown, PSP operators are continually combing the streets, evacuating and disposing waste materials.
The LAWMA Boss had in the past few weeks embarked on advocacy in both the print and broadcast media, enlightening the people on the essence of good personal hygiene, proper waste handling, disposal and also the need to sort all waste materials from the point of generation.
However, if the streets in Lagos would remain free from waste, all hands must be on deck. The state has continuously engaged stakeholders and called for public private partnerships to strengthen its campaign.
Faced with a deadly COVID-19 Pandemic, the issue of waste management and personal hygiene cannot be over emphasized.
However, government and agencies like LAWMA will need more supports like this, there is the need for more partnerships to strengthen governments’ efforts and with this Mercedes Truck, a modern machine designed to lift a 12m3 bin with an actual design capacity of 18 Tons and also designed to key waste bins on the accessory, LAWMA is on the right track of sustaining the cleanness of the Lagos metropolis.