The Lagos Waste Management Authority, (LAWMA) has called for a change of attitude by Lagos residents towards waste management and environmental practices.
The LAWMA Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, made the call in a statement signed by its Director, Public Affairs, Mrs Folashade Kadiri, on Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Lagos.
“Now, our major challenge in this sector is the nonchalant attitude of our people who are not ready to do what is right.
“We all know what a right thing is. It encompasses patronage of Private Sector Participation (PSP) for proper disposal of waste, prompt payment of waste bills and separating waste at source,” he stated.
Odumboni urged health officers to take responsibility by rededicating themselves to duty to restore the old glory of waste disposal profession when they commanded fear and respect among residents.
According to him, a key determinant of the success of waste management operations in the state is enforcement, hence the need for synergy among the various stakeholders to work with a law that will enable seamless PSP operations for excellent results.
“After what we do, even if we deploy the biggest resources, the biggest brain, the biggest mind into our day-to-day job and we don’t have enforcement, definitely, there will be a lot of room for disorderliness,” he said.
The LAWMA boss added that all government agencies and officials saddled with enforcing the law should work together to achieve a common purpose.
By Mercy Omoike