…employs 22 lady drivers
By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS – Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, launched the stateâ€™s newly purchased 40 skip trucks and the first batch of (17,000 units) 240 litre wheeler bins for Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) aimed at addressing the challenges of inadequate waste storage by residents in the state.
Fashola, speaking at the event which marked the commencement of the distribution of the waste management component at the Transfer Loading Station (TLS), Simpson Street, Lagos Island, said the launch was another giant stride by his administration to ensure cleaner, healthier environment as well as reclaim the state from various agents of degradation.
According to the governor, the customised wheeler bins are to be distributed to all property owners, especially those who have paid their 2008/2009 Land Use Charge.
His words: â€œThis marks another milestone in the efforts of the state government to address the challenges of inaccessibility of solid waste management trucks to inner narrow roads and address challenges of inadequate waste storage by residents in the state.
â€œOur government has gone one step further. We resolved early in the year that we will provide quality refuse bins for all tax compliant and tax paying properties in the state and we are implementing that resolve by flagging off the distribution of the first phase of 17,000 bins to tax compliant households across Lagos State.
â€œThese bins, which are financed from the land use charge paid by property owners, will strengthen our environmental sustenance campaign and our refuse management programme whose success has already earned the state the award of the cleanest state capital in the country as adjudged by the Federal Ministry of Environment,â€ he said.
In his address, Managing director of LAWMA, Mr. Ola Oresanya, said 22 ladies who have been trained and certified by the Lagos Driversâ€™ Institute would drive the trucks in the first phase of the programme.
Oresanya, while stating that jobs are being created through the programme, appealed to residents to imbibe the culture of storing waste and patiently wait for the collection of waste instead of patronising cart pushers.