The Managing Director of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has appealed to residents and business owners of Ibeju Lekki, Epe and its neighbouring towns to take up the responsibility of disposing their solid waste properly.
Mr. Odumboni made the call on Thursday, at the Local Government Secretariat, when members of his team visited the area to carry out a special clean-up and advocacy exercise.
During the Town Hall meeting with yhe Chairman of the Local Government, Princess Surah Olayemi Animashaun, traditional rulers, market leaders community leaders, religious leaders, youths leaders, PSP Operator and other stakeholders, Mr. Odumboni noted that the aim of the visit was to update the people on the activities of LAWMA within the district as well as prepare their minds on the forthcoming development with the establishment of the Lekki Free Trade Zone.
He stressed that if nothing is done to curb indiscriminate disposal of refuse in the area, it will be a tough nut to crack when Epe becomes a transit city.
“I am more concern about how we can prepare ourselves for the new development ahead and not be caught unawares. A lot of development is ongoing now, so you need to pay attention.
“Take responsibility for your waste and stop blaming the council for the dirtiness of your environment.
“We need to change our attitude to waste. Pay your household waste bills. There is a law that prohibits you from dumping waste by the roadside. So please talk to yourselves and start to do the right thing.
“My appeal to you is that let’s do as much as we can do to sustain cleanliness in Epe. We are not jokers and there is no room for laziness. We are in Epe and we are here to work. The governor has provided us with all we need to transform this environment, but this can only be possible with your help,” he said.
Applauding the LAWMA team for their steadfast approach of ensuring environmental sanity in the area, Princess Surah Olayemi Animashaun said she can attest to the fact that LAWMA has been doing a commendable job.
She acknowledged that with the right attitude from the locals, Epe and its adjoining towns will maintain the standard of cleanliness set by the LAWMA team.