By Olasunkanmi Akoni

The Managing Director of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Ibrahim Odumboni, has expressed worries over the heaps of waste dotting the metropolis with assurance that it would end within seven days.

Odumboni gave the assurance yesterday, while coordinating operational activities around the city, adding that LAWMA would exploit the gradual cessation of rainfall and appreciable progress on landfill rehabilitation to achieve the feat.

According to Odumboni: “Thankfully, the rains have subsided and coupled with the reasonable progress on rehabilitation at the landfills, all these are working for good to complement our efforts.

“I can tell you that in seven days, the backlog of refuse will be gone. We have re-energised our operational machinery, working in renewed collaboration with the PSP operators”

He also revealed that the authority was working on a special arrangement with Public Private Participants, PSPs, to make sure that they rendered optimal service delivery, adding that the agency had been providing backup services in areas with noticeable service gaps.

“We are working on an arrangement to sort out some of the issues affecting the performance of PSP operators in the state, especially the issue of scarcity and high cost of diesel, which has practically undermined our efforts to rid the state of the waste backlog,” he stated.

The LAWMA boss therefore, urged residents to bag and containerise their waste and support efforts of the authority to sanitise the environment, by shunning indiscriminate waste disposal, one of the major factors leading to flood disasters and other attendant environmental hazards.

Also speaking, President of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, AWAMN, Mr. David Oriyomi, noted that the PSP operators have a renewed commitment to their responsibility of maintaining a clean Lagos environment, despite obvious challenges, adding that the PSPs would stop at nothing to get the job done.

He promised that the PSP operators would continue to work closely with LAWMA, to discharge their statutory duties of evacuating waste generated by tenements in the state, appealing to residents to ensure prompt payment of  their waste bills.


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