- The Lagos State Government has announced a partnership with NESREA to encourage proper management of e-waste in the state.
- LAWMA stated that the partnership would help provide a conducive environment for the residents of Lagos State.
In a bid to promote healthy living and safeguard environmental quality that is consistent with the social and economic needs of the people, the Lagos State Government, through LAWMA and LASEPA, has partnered with the National Environmental Standards & Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) to encourage proper handling and management of e-waste in the state.
The Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, made the disclosure while speaking at the tripartite meeting held in Ikeja, on Wednesday.
Odumboni stated that 30 pick up locations have been identified for the smooth kick-off of the scheme amid strict observation and compliance with safety guidelines in line with global best practices.
“The scheme is leveraging on the established foundation of LAWMA, which is recognised even beyond the shores of Nigeria. The state would provide a conducive environment, in addition to a robust monitoring system to ensure success and continuity of the scheme. This laudable initiative will shape the future of waste management, create job opportunities and promote a harmonious public-private initiative that is beneficial to all,” he said.
Also speaking, the General Manager, LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, affirmed the readiness of relevant stakeholders in the epoch-making project, adding that the team has developed a framework for sustainable e-waste management through aggressive advocacy campaign on attitudinal change.
“Lagos has been picked to test run the scheme, therefore, all hands must be on deck for the success of the project, its continuity and extension to other States of the Federation. Adequate training would be organised to enable the collectors to perform their duties seamlessly and systematically. The collection centres cut across the 20 Local Government Areas of the State, in affirmation of government commitment to the scheme,” Fasawe stated.
On her part, the Director, Inspection and Enforcement, NESREA, Mrs. Miranda Amachree, disclosed that the choice of Lagos as the pilot for the Global Environmental Fund (GEF) project was not by accident but in recognition of its environmentally-friendly nature and commercial hub of the nation.
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