LAWMA’s MD, Odumboni, Seeks End To Marine Waste Pollution

LAWMA’s MD/CEO, Odumboni

LAWMA’s MD, Odumboni, Seeks End To Marine Waste To Marine Pollution

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has called on residents to join the fight against plastic pollution, by bagging and containerising their waste.

Odumboni, according to a statement issued by Mrs. Kadiri Folashade, LAWMA’s Director, Public Affairs, made the call in his office today, while highlighting the dangers and health implications of  indiscriminate waste disposal, especially plastic waste, known to clog water bodies, causing hazards to aquatic life in the state.

Some LAWMA’s Workers With The Waste Cleared Off At One Of The Lagos Lagoons

Odumboni said, “plastic waste is a special type of waste because it takes about 450 years for a plastic material to decompose. Apart from clogging the landfills, it also endangers fishes in the water. The numerous challenges posed by plastic pollution can be curtailed when we choose to do the right thing, which is sorting plastic for recycling and preventing same from going into the water bodies.”

The LAWMA boss further stated that the authority had empowered its Marine Waste Unit, to monitor and evacuate waste debris from water bodies across the state, including sea shores and canals, adding that no part of the state would be left behind, in the effort to rid the environment of dirt.

“We have assigned our marine waste team to various locations in the metropolis, equipping them with necessary tools, to operate around water bodies and evacuate floating waste debris, especially plastics, which are toxic to aquatic life. With the support of the Lagos State Government, we are making appreciable progress,” he said.

Odumboni therefore called on residents to shun the act of indiscriminate dumping of waste at unauthorised locations, such as canals, gutters, road medians and uncompleted buildings, pointing out that such abhorrent practices expose people to various health hazards and environmental challenges.

He also charged the residents of the State to always call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617, to report environmental infractions and make inquiries on waste management related issues.