By Okwy Iroegbu Chikezie
The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has signed a five-year agreement with the State’s Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators with the aim of improving their operational activities, build their confidence and reassure them of the government’s commitment to their sustainability.
LAWMA Managing Director / CEO Ibrahim Odumboni, who oversaw the signing of the deal yesterday in Lagos, said the state is entering a new phase of waste collection and disposal and will strengthen the sector and would make it manageable. .
The boss of LAWMA urged PSP operators to improve their service delivery and repay in good faith the magnanimity of the state government in ensuring that they carry out their duties diligently.
He warned of the indiscriminate dumping of rubbish, stressing that the agency would now strictly enforce best sanitary practices.
“The idea of people dumping waste indiscriminately into sewers, water canals, the median and other unauthorized places must stop as it would be seriously frowned upon and violators prosecuted,” Odumboni warned, also stating that the agency will not tolerate non-payment of waste invoices.
“We will have such sealed houses and default to face the law,” the LAWMA CEO warned, calling on Lagosians to strive to pay their waste bills quickly as the government would not take the no -payment of invoices.
The President of the Waste Managers Association of Nigeria (AWAMN), Mr. David Oriyomi, in his response expressed the gratitude of the operators at LAWMA for the important step recorded in the signing of the agreement.