Lawmaker urges waste managers to ensure cleaner Lagos

A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Gholahan Yishawu, has urged the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN) to up their game in ensuring a cleaner Lagos.

Yishawu, representing Eti-Osa Constituency II at the Lagos State House of Assembly, made the appeal in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday.

The lawmaker was honoured by the association with an award, “Friend of Environment”.

Yishawu said Lagos was highly polluted and something needed to be done urgently about it to put the state to the desirable ‘next level’.

“Climate change is very important and the state has been contending with solid waste.

“Meanwhile Lagos is highly polluted and something needs to be done about this and that is the next level.

“As a result of this, the sea level is rising,’’ he said.

Yishawu, Chairman, House Committee on Economic Planning and Budget, said now that the waste managers had returned to the streets to clear the waste, there were still a bit of backlog on the roads.

The lawmaker said he was sure they would work on the backlog of refuse so they could make the state a friendly environment.

Yishawu said the House would support them to stamp out all forms of improper waste disposal in the metropolis, which had resulted in environmental degradation.

He also called on residents to patronise only the designated Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators.

The association’s National President, Mr David Oriyomi, appreciated the Lagos Assembly for the unwavering support.

Oriyomi said Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State was ready to partner with banks to assist operators get truck facilities so they could pay back gradually.

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Waste managers pledge to upgrade disposal trucks for better service

The Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN) has pledged its commitment toward replacing its rickety waste disposal trucks with stronger one in order to upgrade the standard of waste management in Lagos State and the country at large.

The National President of AWAMN, Mr David Oriyomi made this known during a Gala and Award Night, organised by the association in Lagos. The Gala and Award night has the theme: ”Unlocking the Potential in Waste Management through Circular Economy”.

Oriyomi said that the association was already discussing with some banks to assist in equipment financing, toward replacing the trucks.

“The most important thing for me is the growth of the business.

“You can tie that to a clean environment.

“The business cannot grow without the cleanliness of the environment.

“My desire is to make sure that we have a clean environment, and that the business grows, to ensure the peace and professional growth of members,” he said.

The president said that the association was geared toward innovating and moving from refuse collection, transportation, and disposal, to waste recycling.

He said that to fulfill its manifesto, the executive committee of the association would work hard to ensure that waste collectors “are properly kitted, and the trucks branded”.

“The issues of rickety trucks and ill-looking workers will soon be things of the past.

“Within this short time that we have been in office – three months – we have begun discussing with some banks to assist us in equipment financing so we can replace those rickety trucks with stronger ones.

“I am happy that they are responding, and things are going on well,” Oriyomi said.

He expressed appreciation to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for promising to work with banks to assist operators in procuring trucks.

The Publicity Secretary of AWAMN, Mr Adebola Olugbenga stated that political will is key to a sustainable partnership for effective and efficient integrated waste management system in low- and middle-income countries.

NIGERIA: 40 new trucks set to improve waste collection in Lagos city

Over 40 trucks have recently been made available to the city of Lagos to improve waste collection. The equipment was provided by the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN).

The city of Lagos has new equipment for waste collection. These are 40 trucks made available to the cleaning services of the economic capital of Nigeria by the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN). The new trucks will be put directly into service to improve waste collection in the large city of Lagos which has a population of over 21 million, i.e. the equivalent of the population of Cameroon.

“With the 40 new trucks that have been strategically distributed to operators and landfill sites, the task of waste collection and disposal will now be quickly completed,” says Taiye Kolade, Secretary General of Private Sector Participation (PSP) and AWAMN member. The waste collected with the new equipment is taken to landfill sites.

The challenge of waste management in Lagos

Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria is a growing economic hub. The population growth is driven by the exodus of people from the hinterland. According to the World Bank, each inhabitant of Lagos produces an average of 1.2 kg of waste per day. The daily production is well over 13,000 tons. A situation which makes waste management a permanent challenge for the authorities of this port city.

For the time being, Lagos does not have a structured waste recovery system. Those collected from households and the 2,000 industrial complexes, 15,000 commercial enterprises of the city are sent to landfill sites. However, these waste storage sites pose serious health problems for the population. The expansion of landfills is degrading the environment around this coastal city.

Waste recovery is already beginning to interest start-ups. For example, Wecyclers collects waste from households in return for a reward. In practical terms, for one kilogram of recyclable waste, families receive “Wecyclers” points. They can then use these points to buy call minutes or consumer goods.

The young company’s approach convinced the multinational Nestlé to sign a partnership with Wecyclers. The agreement provides for the opening of waste collection points in Ajah, Ikeja, Mushin, Lagos (island) and Magodo. The waste collected will be recycled.

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