Waste Management: LAWMA to support Edo State

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Bennett Oghifo

The Managing Director of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin has said the authority would support Edo State in its efforts to entrench a robust waste management system.

A statement by the authority said LAWMA’s managing director gave the assurance recently, while receiving the management team of Edo State Waste Management Board, on a three-day fact-finding visit to Lagos, at LAWMA headquarters, Ijora-Olopa.

Dr. Gbadegesin expressed delight at the visit and the ongoing partnership between LAWMA and its Edo State counterpart, aimed at sharing ideas for improved waste management in both states.

Gbadegesin noted that the journey of effective waste management and sustainable sanitation culture was a long one, which necessitated continuous introduction of innovative ideas, to tackle the day-to-day challenges of managing backlogs of refuse generated in the metropolis.

Also speaking, the General Manager of Edo State Waste Management Board, Mr. Charles Imariagbe, appreciated the Authority for hosting the team, adding that the visit provided them the opportunity to learn the strategies adopted by LAWMA in meeting the waste management needs of residents of Lagos State.

While addressing the team, the Chief Operating Officer of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, commented on the private sector participants (PSP) scheme, their mode of operation, and the delineation of wards for billing and effective waste collection across the state.

LAWMA’s Assistant Director, Business Development and Strategy, Dr. Essien Nsuabia, spoke on the evolution of LAWMA in waste management in the state and the various initiatives introduced by the agency, to establish cleaner and livable environment.

The team, in the course of the visit, embarked on a tour of some of the Authority’s facilities such as Simpson and Oshodi Transfer Loading Stations, and Olusosun dumpsite, for first-hand assessment.