Residents of Lagos should desist from dumping waste into drainage channels and canals to maintain a flood-free Lagos. Residents who still patronize cart pushers should desist from the illegal act as this contributes to environmental degradation. Disposal of waste must be done through the proper channel which is LAWMA/PSP Operators.
Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has urged all residents of the state to maintain clean environment and personal hygiene. And to also imbibe the ideals of healthy environmental practices. Improper environmental practices include waste burning, especially domestic wastes and tyres. This improper practices can be injurious to human health and the environment.
Role of LAWMA in the Environment
LAWMA has adopted various advocacy mechanisms to sensitise residents in the metropolis. This advocacy is on the need to maintain effective sanitation and personal hygiene in their surroundings. The rainy season hampers the turn-around time of waste managers’ trucks at the landfill sites. This situation would not deter the Authority in ensuring effective waste evacuation across the state.
The Authority has embarked on capping the landfill sites with laterite to improve the working condition of the sites. It is not easy for the bulldozers to push waste to wherever they want to push them to. This is because of the nature of the soil during the rainy season, that notwithstanding, they must do their job.
A good example is Solous 1 dumpsite, Igando. A bulldozer has been deployed there to clear the dumpsite. Thus, paving the way for free movement of compactor trucks, which by extension will improve waste evacuation in the surrounding environment. This statement was made by the General Manager of LAWMA, Mr Segun Adeniji.
The LAWMA Chairman advocated for the teaching of effective waste management in schools. This he stated would help to instil the habit of cleanliness and hygiene in the younger ones.
Also, Lagos is a coastal City that has high water table levels and is prone to flash-floods whenever it rains. We must therefore imbibe habits to keep our environment clean. This will enable free movement of the drainage system.