By Olasunknami Akoni
The Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Mr. Ola Oresanya has said that the ‘Waste-for-Food’ initiative recently introduced by the state government was to bring about development and wealth creation to state.
Oresanya spoke against the backdrop of the claim that the ‘Waste-for-Food’ initiative will expose children to scavenging and health risks.
He warned against the danger inherent in the attempt to politiciced waste management, saying: “It will draw the state back rather than moving it forward. In the last couple of years, LAWMA has succeeded in using waste management to bring about development and wealth creation to Lagos”.
The Peoples Democratic People, PDP, has criticised holiday programme, saying it would particularly encourage teenage children to “scavenge” for plastic bottles in return for “food”.
The party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr, Taofik Gani, noted that such a programme at this time was “barbaric, exploitative and extortionate”.
Speaking in his office, Oresanya said the initiative was designed to remind children of their responsibilities in keeping their immediate environment clean.
He said the involvement of children was aimed at creating awareness and teaching them the importance of recycling items, considered as waste, to generate wealth and to produce useful items such as waste bin bags.
The LAWMA boss lamented that one of the banes of development and progress in the country is the penchant by some to deliberately or out of ignorance politicise laudable policies that are aimed at moving the society forward.
He added that the programmes of his agency are open for all and sundry to participate and inspect as “there is nothing hidden about what we do in LAWMA”.