To allow a sustainable environment, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has announced intentions to seal buildings lacking waste containers on Lagos Island and Mainland beginning July 7.
Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, LAWMA’s Executive Director for Finance, verified this in a statement issued on Wednesday, July 5, by the agency’s director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Folashade Kadiri.
The exercise comes two months after LAWMA issued abatement warnings to the impacted districts. Residents and property owners have been requested to provide appropriate rubbish bins for their residences.
“The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has announced its intention to begin the intention to seal exercise, on homes without waste bins on Lagos Island and Mainland, beginning July 7th, 2023,” according to the announcement.
“This follows the earlier issuance of abatement notices to those areas two months ago, urging property owners and residents to procure adequate waste bins for their homes.”
Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, LAWMA’s Executive Director, Finance, also hinted in a statement, adding that appropriate warning had been given to tenements to acquire the standard garbage bins.
“It is critical for residents to cultivate proper environmental habits and support the Authority’s efforts to establish a cleaner and more livable environment,” he said. We can establish a sustainable environment and assist construct the city of our dreams by taking action against infractions and ensuring compliance.”
He stated that the notice of intent to seal would serve as a final warning to homeowners who had yet to obtain bins and maintain correct waste management practises, and that the enforcement action was intended to encourage responsible environmental behaviour and minimise pollution in the city.
“The LAWMA Enforcement Team will focus on areas on the Lagos Mainland and Island where violations have been observed.” The team will conduct extensive inspections to identify individuals, homes, or enterprises that have regularly violated waste management regulations.
“Those found in violation will receive a notice of intent to seal outlining the specific actions required to correct the situation and avoid further penalties.” The exercise will be conducted in phases, with this being the first, and we will visit other sections of the state to verify full compliance,” he explained.
The executive director urged citizens to take responsibility for preserving a clean and healthy environment for everybody, stressing that residents may contribute to the general cleanliness and sustainability of the environment by complying to waste management standards.
“By following the government’s directive for tenements to obtain standard covered bins, we would ensure that our waste is properly containerized.” This will help save the ecosystem from irresponsible trash disposal and other potentially hazardous repercussions, such as flooding and disease outbreaks,” he said.
He went on to say that LAWMA had been actively working to improve waste management in Lagos, implementing various initiatives such as waste sorting campaigns, recycling programmes, and public awareness campaigns, with the goal of instilling a culture of responsible waste disposal in order to reduce the environmental impact of waste.
Adebiyi urged locals to work with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s government to create a better and healthier environment by avoiding indiscriminate rubbish disposal and instead utilising waste management services supplied by PSP operators.