Naomi Gabriel —
In a statement released yesterday by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Akinleye Kayode, said its operations across the state are being upscaled to ensure a cleaner environment.
The statement said it was working in line with the state governor’s administration’s drive toward actualizing the second pillar of the “THEMES” Agenda: Health and Environment.
According to LAWMA, the huge advantage that the trucks have brought into waste management in recent times was better imagined than described.
It said the capacity to collect, transport and dispose waste had greatly improved with the new trucks.
“The narrative is indeed changing and we will take full advantage of this by not resting on our oars until our primary objective of ensuring a sustainably clean environment is achieved, the statement said.
“Another major component of the authority’s operational drive is the landfill rehabilitation. The major landfills scattered all over the state are currently undergoing rehabilitation which affected our operations and a noticeable feature is the presence of traffic around the areas.
”It is of note that the rehabilitation of these landfills, especially capping, road networks, upgrading and the likes actually started around March this year. Unfortunately, activities were greatly hampered due to the rains and the process was forced to stop by the end of April/May, due to the bad and unfriendly weather”, it added.
The statement while adding that work had resumed in earnest on the landfills, taking advantage of the August break, assured residents of the statement that the exercise would be completed in the next 10 days, adding that the traffic snarl around those landfills, triggered by the rehabilitation works would disappear.
It also confirmed that some of the old LAWMA collection trucks would be given to some of the Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators, whose trucks were destroyed during the unfortunate EndSARS protests to support their operations.