To mark the 2021 World Clean-up Day, the management of the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), on Saturday, stormed the Ilashe/Ibeshe beach, picking up over 75,000 plastic bottles in an extensive cleaning exercise along a 5-kilometre distance.
Leading the exercise, the MD/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, commenced the Clean-up in the early hours of the day.
Addressing the participants at the event tagged: “Marine Pollution and Environmental Sustainability”, Mr. Odumboni said the agency was using the opportunity to open up the entire Ilashe Island shoreline to proper clean up.
He stated that the Marine Unit of the agency is working round the clock to rid Lagos shorelines of plastic and other wastes defacing the shorelines.
“LAWMA is not leaving any stone unturned in our determined effort to rid Lagos State of all forms of solid waste.
“Our Marine Unit is effectively evacuating marine debris around the Lagos waterways and we will continue to increase the scope of our activities.
“The idea of the World Clean-up Day came up in 2018 when nearly two million volunteers, across individuals, corporate bodies, NGOs and governmental organizations, came together for massive clean-up activities in major cities across the world. We are setting the pace here in Ilashe Island of Lagos for our country. So, I enjoin all residents to sustain this effort.”
The LAWMA Boss encouraged residents and beach users, to come together and make a difference, by leaving an enduring legacy of people-friendly environment, for improved living and economic prosperity.
President of Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAN), Mr. David Oriyomi, noted that it was important to educate residents of the aquatic environment, on the effects of dumping rubbish into the water, because the fishes feed on those rubbish and we in turn feed on the fishes which is very dangerous to our health.
Chairman of Lagos Recyclers’ Association, Dr. Femi Idowu, noted that, what people see as trash, is actually money, suggesting that people should see the economic value in waste materials.