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LASG REOPENS ALABA RAGO MARKET

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…Vows to clamp down on other filthy marketsThe Lagos State Government has reopened Alaba Rago Market, Ojo, having met some of the conditions set for reopening sealed markets in the state, following its closure last week for various environmental infractions.Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, who visited the market on Sunday for assessment, was accompanied by the Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mr. Gaji Omobolaji; Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde; Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, and Chairman of Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye.The commissioner said the market was reopened after meeting set sanitation compliance conditions, calling on all markets to prioritise cleanliness and adhere to environmental standards, as the state would continue to clamp down on filthy markets.He said, “The state government has opened Alaba Rago Market, Ojo, after it was sealed for gross environmental infractions and negligence. We want to appeal to other markets to take seriously the issue of cleanliness, to make the state cleaner and livable for all”.Mr. Wahab reaffirmed government’s commitment to enforcing environmental standards across the state, emphasising that the reopening of Alaba Rago Market should serve as a clarion call to all market stakeholders to place premium value on cleanliness and sanitation.The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts between market authorities, traders, and relevant government agencies in maintaining a clean and healthy market environment.He noted that the reopening of the market should not be misconstrued as a leniency towards environmental infractions, as the zero tolerance policy of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration is still in effect, adding that markets play an important role in achieving environmental sustainability across the state. For waste management related issues in your area, call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617.

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Id el Kabir: LAWMA Advocates Proper Waste Management

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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has urged residents to properly bag and dispose of their waste, especially animal waste, during and after this year’s Id el Kabir celebrations.

Managing Director/CEO of the agency, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, has noted that comprehensive measures were being implemented to ensure a clean and hygienic environment during the festivities, with service providers working assiduously.

He said, “We have put in place a robust system to manage waste effectively during Id el Kabir. Our goal is to ensure that the celebration is enjoyed in a clean and safe environment. We are working tirelessly to ensure this”.

Gbadegesin reiterated LAWMA’s commitment to addressing improper waste disposal practices that could lead to environmental degradation, encouraging residents to engage only assigned PSP operators and avoid cart pushers, whose activities undermined the Authority’s efforts.

“We urge residents to cooperate with us by bagging and containerising waste generated during and after this period, for seamless evacuation by PSP operators. Cart pushers often dispose of waste indiscriminately, causing environmental harm. We cannot condone their activities, to keep the city clean and safe”, he noted.

The LAWMA boss also admonished residents to shun dumping waste on road medians, canals, uncompleted buildings, and other unauthorised locations, adding that the Authority would provide back-up services for PSP operators, in areas with service gaps, to ensure effective waste management.

He admonished motorists to drive cautiously during the festive period, to safeguard the lives of sanitation workers who would be performing their duties on the streets and major roads across the city.

While wishing all residents a happy celebration, he urged them to contact LAWMA’s toll-free lines at 080000LAWMA (08000052962), 07080601020 and 617, for prompt assistance.

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SBC Champions Tree Planting on World Environmental Day

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Nigeria’s leading bottling business, Seven-Up Bottling Company (SBC), is championing a green revolution with the launch of One Staff One Tree initiative which will see the business plant over 2500 trees across key cities in Nigeria. .SBC has launched the initiative in commemoration of the 2024 World Environmental Day and has partnered with the Lekki Estates Residents & Stakeholders Association (LERSA), and Eco-Restoration Foundation (ERF), on its biggest sustainability project called the Lekki Million Tree project which is aimed at planting five million trees within Lekki, Lagos. SBC during the flagoff of the tree planting exercise, donated 1000 trees to the project.SBC ‘One Staff One Tree’ 2.jpgSBC’s donation of 1000 trees has further amplified the effort of LERSA in the realization of its sustainability goal to transform the urban hub of Nigeria’s commercial capital into an eco-friendly town while also doubling as a leading example for the green revolution in Nigeria. On the backdrop of recurrent heatwaves in Nigeria, this project positions SBC as a frontline driver of Goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals which advocates Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. With this launch, residents of Lekki and other cities earmarked for the “One Staff, One Tree” project are set to benefit from a healthier climate as this “will improve the air quality in communities where the tree planting exercises will be situated as trees boost the production of clean oxygen and mop up carbon emitted by machinery such as vehicles, industrial machines, and generators.SBC ‘One Staff One Tree’ 3.jpgNigerian cities threatened by environmental challenges such as ocean erosion and surges, or desert encroachment will also be offered a lifeline when the “One Staff, One Tree” project arrives in their community. This means residents and corporations in these communities will get respite from these challenges.With this initiative, growth in social recreation will be expanded by enabling the development of parks and gardens for hangouts and social activities for residents, visitors, and corporations while ensuring that wildlife conservation is preserved. SBC continues to raise the bar and inspire Nigerians to embody the hallowed colours of her revered flag.

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LAWMA Launches “Know Your PSP” Campaign for Effective Service Delivery

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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has launched “Know Your PSP” campaign, an initiative aimed at improving communication and cooperation between residents and Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators, responsible for waste collection.

Commenting on the initiative, managing director/CEO of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said the campaign was aimed at improving waste management practices throughout the state, adding that the initiative would provide residents with detailed information about the specific PSP operators assigned to their areas, for contact and for reporting issues or requesting additional services.

He said, “The ‘Know Your PSP’ campaign is a crucial step in our on-going effort at improving waste management in Lagos State. By equipping residents with the knowledge of who their PSP operators are and how to reach them, we are fostering a collaborative effort for a cleaner city. This initiative will not only enhance service delivery but also promote accountability and responsiveness among PSP operators.”

Gbadegesin said LAWMA had established dedicated helplines and online platforms, where residents could easily access information about their designated PSP operators, report issues, and provide feedbacks, adding that this would make it easier for residents to communicate with their waste services providers, so that challenges were promptly addressed and services consistently delivered.

He noted further, that investigation showed that some residents did not even know their PSP operators nor their contacts, making it impossible to interface with them, on any area of service provision.

“By providing residents with easy access to information and a direct line of communication with their PSP operators, we are making it easier for them to report issues and request services. This streamlined approach will help us address concerns more efficiently and ensure that waste collection services meet the needs of all residents”, he said.

The LAWMA boss appealed to the populace to desist from acts of indiscriminate waste dumping and patronage of the outlawed cart pushers, capable of worsening environmental challenges in the metropolis, especially flooding, as the rains set in.

For more information about LAWMA’s initiatives and how to support efforts to maintain a clean environment, please visit www.lawma.gov.ng or call our toll-free numbers: 080000LAWMA (08000052962), 07080601020 and 617.

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