) Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a 2023 budgetary plan to help Private Sector Participant (PSP) operators in the state to recapitalise by injecting new waste evacuation trucks into their fleet.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste
Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, on Thursday in Lagos.
Odumboni said that recyclers in the state would also be empowered by the governor to procure necessary tools for their operation.
Odumboni said that the recapitalisation was aimed at improving waste management in Lagos State, to make the environment cleaner and livable
for residents, to cope with about 13,000 metric tonnes of wastes generated daily.
He explained that the recapitalisation would help to address most of the challenges facing PSP operators, including the high cost of new waste
evacuation trucks, which many of the PSP operators could not afford to replace their aging fleet.
“The Lagos State Government’s plan is to provide the PSP operators with low-interest loans to purchase new trucks.
” The government will also provide technical assistance to the PSP operators to help them
manage their fleet more efficiently.
“It will also stimulate economic growth by providing opportunities for small businesses to thrive.
“By providing the PSP operators with
low-interest loans, we are giving them the opportunity to expand their businesses and create more jobs,” Odumboni said.
The LAWMA boss said that in addition to the recapitalisation, the Lagos State Government also plans to empower recyclers in the state.
According to him, the government will provide recyclers with the relevant tools and equipment
needed to carry out their work effectively.
“This will include providing them with necessary equipment that will help them to sort, process, and
“The aim of this initiative is to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.
“By empowering recyclers, the government hopes to create a more sustainable waste management system in the state.
” We want to create a situation where waste is seen as a resource, not as a problem,” Odumboni said
He said that “the recycling that was launched by the present administration had come to stay as the state now have over 100 recyclers, who are into the business of recycling.
He said that with the support of the governor, LAWMA had engaged community stakeholders of the 20 Local Government & 37 Local Council
Development Area to discuss sustainable waste management with them.
“We are in collaboration with our sister agencies, like LNSC, KAI, LASTMA and others to track, arrest and prosecute waste defaulters,” Odumboni said.
In another development, the statement said that members of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM) in Lagos State have launched a door-to-door campaign in support
of the re-election bid of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu,.
The statement said that the campaign, which kicked off in Ikeja would be held simultaneously across the state covering the 20 local government areasand 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), to sensitise residents on the need to support Sanwo-Olu’s second term bid.
The statement said that the president of AWAM, Mr. David Oriyiomi expressed gratitude to the
governor for his unalloyed support, adding that the current administration had enhanced the waste
management system, with the incorporation of over 400 PSP operators who provide effective waste service delivery to Lagosians.
“We in AWAMN have 100 per cent support for the Sanwo-Olu’s administration,.
“He stood by us and we will always stand by him,” Oriyiomi said.