The Managing Director of Lagos Waste Management Authority
(LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, has reiterated the agency’s
commitment to improving the waste management services rendered
by private sector participants (PSP) through robust government
assistance to sustain their businesses.
As a sign-post of greater things to come the way of these
entrepreneurs, Dr. Gbadegesin presented consolatory cheques to
three PSP operators whose compactors got burnt on active duty.
The occasion was an interactive session with PSP operators at
LAWMA Ogudu zonal facility, where he noted that the authority
would not relent in its effort to provide a business friendly
environment for the waste collectors, as well as a climate of
partnership and collaboration.
Speaking further, Gbadegesin hinted that the authority would early
next year take delivery of new compactors being procured by the
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration in a determined effort
to tackle the challenge of waste management in the state.
Waxing philosophical, he reflected that no one could accurately
predict future occurrences in business, hence the need for the
operators to get insurance cover for their operational vehicles, to
mitigate unforeseen occurrences that are not palatable.
He said 2019 had been an eventful year for waste management in
the state and the end of the year interactive session became
necessary to dialogue over subsisting challenges hampering their
operations and work towards proffering solutions to them.
The LAWMA boss was emphatic that the administration of Governor
Sanwo-Olu would stop at nothing to support the waste collectors in
the execution of their statutory duties, promising that the in-coming year would witness drastic improvements in waste management
services across the metropolis.
Responding, the president of Association of Waste Managers of
Nigeria (AWAMN), Mr. David Oriyomi, profoundly lauded the
humanitarian gesture of the government on the cheque
presentation, promising renewed enthusiasm of PSP operators, to
work tirelessly towards making Lagos cleaner and livable for
He commended the state government for improving the condition of
landfill sites in the metropolis, which would pave way for efficient
turn-around time of waste evacuation trucks, urging the
government to do more to boost the welfare of PSP workforce.
The interactive session was attended by various environmental
stakeholders in the state, including the Chairman, House Committee
on Environment, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Desmond