40 tonnes of waste evacuated from key blackspots

LAWMA street sweepers sitting on a truck loaded with waste. Photo: Sylvester Okoruwa.

Hours after the celebrations of the Eid-el-Kabir, efforts have been geared up by waste managers to reduce the massive waste and refuse generated in the state, as about 40 tonnes of refuse have been  evacuated in different parts of the state already.

Making this known to Lagos Metro, on Wednesday, the Executive Chairman of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr Olumuyiwa Adejokun, through a message made available by his media office,  restated the agency’s resolve to ensuring prompt and thorough evacuation of wastes generated in the state, which was reputed to be one of the highest in Africa.

To achieve this, the LAWMA boss said the agency was able to identify some black spots across the metropolis, which were not only densely populated, but where residents seemed to have a knack for haphazardly dumping the waste they generated in unapproved places.

Some of the black spots, according to the agency, included Abule Egba and Oshodi railway lines on the Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road.

“In bid to ensure zero tolerance for waste in all parts of the state, especially after the Ileya festival, LAWMA has intensified waste evacuation operations at notable black spots across the metropolis,” the LAWMA boss stated.

“About 40 tonnes of waste have already been evacuated from earmarked black spots at Abule Egba and Oshodi railway lines on Abeokuta Express Road. As of the time of filing this report, work is ongoing around Ajah axis,” he added.

However, sympathising with communities affected by the recent floods in the state, Adejokun charged residents in the state to shun the act of  indiscriminately dumping refuse in open canals, waterways and other unauthorised places, saying this was the main cause of the flood in the state.

The step taken by LAWMA so far, according to the agency, was in line with the action plan of the LAWMA boss, who had in a recent press briefing, stated that the authorities would leave no stone unturned in its efforts to clear waste from all black spots across the state.