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Commissioning Of 100 (NOS) Newly Purchased Trucks For Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA)

Aug 19, 2008 - Our environment is a social reflection of what we are as a people, our level of civilization, discipline, perception and disposition towards a healthy environment. To a large extent, a people’s understanding of the environment is measured not only by their general attitude and disposition, but also by the inherent environmental culture they have imbibed and are daily demonstrating.

In the last 400 days, this administration has taken as one of its topmost priorities the effective management and sustainability of the environment. We have in the past one year, embarked on various policy initiatives, programmes and strategies to effect positive change on the environment and transform befitting status of Lagos as an emerging mega-city. This is understandably so, because by size topography and industrial presence, Lagos is undoubtedly exposed to various environmental challenges, among which includes effective management of solid and related wastes in the State.

You will recall that in the years preceding the administration of my immediate predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Lagos used to be known and referred to as one of the World dirtiest cities, with visible presence of heaps of refuse and filths on its major streets and highways. Today, as you can see, the story has changed. Asiwaju’s efforts and vision of an improved environment provided the enabling platform upon which our policy thrust on environmental management rests and resonates.

What we are witnessing here today therefore, is in furtherance of our commitment and determination to achieve a cleaner and healthier environment. The one hundred (100) trucks being officially commissioned here today will further strengthen the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and enhance its operational efficiency.

In doing this, we have not only empowered LAWMA to discharge its statutory functions effectively, but we have further demonstrated our concern and commitment to the welfare and well-being of the citizenry. Let me remind you that, in recent times, similar efforts and commitments have been made to enhance effective solid waste management in the State. These include:

• The procurement of additional 3 Tana landfill compactors to complement the previous 3 nos;
• Construction of Three (3nos) transfer loading stations and sorting bays;
• Procurement of 40nos fairly used compactors;
• Evacuation of refuse backlog from illegal dumpsites in the State;
• Procurement of refurbished DAF Trucks engines;
• Creation of road camp for street sweeping operation in the State;
• Involvement of LMDGP on financial support for PSP operations; and
• Initiating support for fruitful public/private participation in resource recovery (waste to wealth) programme.

We wish to assure you we shall not relent in our continued efforts to bequeath a clean and healthy environment to the good people of Lagos State. If we must succeed however, all hands must be on deck. The responsibility of ensuring a clean environment in the State should not be left to the government and its agencies, alone. Every individual member of the general public, business organizations, corporate bodies, voluntary organizations and various communities have a role to play.

We all have a crucial role to play in ensuring that our immediate environments are clean and free of filth and solid wastes that could endanger our health, those of our children and neighbours. Our drainages must continuously be maintained and free of disposable items and wastes that could obstruct the free flow of water that often leads to flooding, particularly during the raining season. From experience, some of the problems with flooding in the State are associated with indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorized places including the drainages. As the government is playing its part, the onus also rests on the citizenry to complement our efforts by lending support in ensuring a cleaner, healthier and safer environment. There must altitudinal change towards a waste disposal culture. This is the only we can all witness and enjoy the birth of the New Lagos which will compete with other cities in the world.

It is therefore, my pleasure, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen; to officially commission the one hundred (100nos) newly acquired trucks for the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), to the glory of God and enhanced service delivery to our people.

Thank you for listening and God bless.

“Eko o ni baje o!”

Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN)
Governor of Lagos State

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