When Mr Ibrahim Odumboni resumed office as the Managing Director of the Lagos Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, in May 2020, his vision and goal were clear, ‘achieving a consistently clean Lagos.’
No doubt, a lot has been achieved in that regard, and with the launch of several innovative programs and brilliant technological initiatives, rebranding and ultimately, the decentralization of LAWMA, Lagos state now wears a clean look.
However, it doesn’t stop there. Maintaining the cleanliness is now of most importance, as well as the sustainability of the structures been put in place. This was the bone of discussion at the interactive session between the Lagos State Supervisors for Environment and the management of LAWMA.
The supervisors, who made a courtesy call to the Ijora Olopa Headquarters of the Agency, commended the MD for his achievements in waste management in such a short. Noting that for the first time since the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu took over the affairs of the state, they have witnessed a transformation that is mind-blowing.
Welcoming the supervisors, Mr Odumboni, MD LAWMA expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to meet and synergize with the group. Combining the political will of the supervisors to the determination and dedication of the staff of the agency, Odumboni says, is a force no illegality can withstand.
“Welcome to LAWMA, this is your home. It is very important that we meet and have conversations among ourselves and be able to move ahead. Look at the steps LAWMA has taken so we can effectively collaborate on what we are doing.
“We cannot afford to be clashing with you. We should be able to speak with the same voice and at the same time, see how we can support any program you are doing locally in your local government just as you support us with advocacy and policing.
“We are here to discuss how we can work smarter and deliberate on things that are important and are affecting us in our respective local government,” Odumboni said, as he opened the floor for discussions and deliberations, suggestions and solutions.
Reaffirming the purpose of their visit, Yinka Jonathan, Supervisor for Environment, Ojo local government area and also Secretary of the group, said the visit was to lend their support and capacity as supervisory counsellors to ensure that the cleanliness currently been enjoyed in the state is maintained.
Adding that there is a real need to strengthen the working relationship between LAWMA and the Local Governments. This synergy, he noted, will go a long way to address issues as related to waste management in the various communities scattered across the state.
“We should work together, bring us together as one. LAWMA is environment and environment is LAWMA and this is what we have been doing before the administration of Governor Ambode came in and completely sidelined us. We are ready to work and are here to fashion out ways we can synergize and work with you in our various Local government area,” Yinka Jonathan said.
The highly interactive and brainstorming meeting saw both sides deliberating on critical issues and developing strategies on how to effectively police the communities, deepen grass-roots advocacy and campaign on the need for proper waste collection and disposal, and training for interested individuals.
The supervisors pledged to work with the PSP operators stationed in their area, LAWMA street Marshalls and also facilitate the opening of LAWMA office in every LCDA in the state. They also promised to work together with the agency to make sure cart pushers are completely outlawed and eradicated from the state.
Waste management is not free and it cost the state millions of naira to ensure the state is clean. Lagosians have therefore been urged to pay up their waste bill and patronise PSPs in their locality.
Representing the group were supervisors from Surulere, Oto Awori, Kosofe, Ibeju Lekki, Ojo, Alimosho, Badagry, Bariga, Apapa, Agboyi-Ketu, Itire Ikate.