In a bid to promote responsible waste management practices, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has unveiled plans to initiate a seal exercise targeting homes without waste bins in Lagos Island and Mainland.
The announcement, made by Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, Executive Director of Finance at LAWMA, comes after the issuance of abatement notices to the affected areas two months ago.
Emphasizing the importance of cultivating proper environmental habits, Adebiyi urged property owners and residents to promptly obtain adequate waste bins for their homes. LAWMA has already provided sufficient notice to tenements to procure the standard waste bins required for proper waste disposal.
“Our aim is to establish a cleaner and more livable environment, and this can only be achieved if residents actively support the efforts of the Authority,” stated Adebiyi. By taking action against violations and ensuring compliance, LAWMA seeks to create a sustainable environment and build the city of our dreams.
Improper waste disposal has been a persistent challenge in many urban areas, leading to environmental degradation and health hazards. LAWMA’s seal exercise serves as a reminder of the responsibility each individual has in maintaining a clean and healthy living space. By adhering to proper waste management practices, residents can contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable Lagos.
As the seal exercise prepares to kick off on July 7, it is imperative for residents to acquire waste bins and integrate proper waste disposal habits into their daily routines. Together, through collective action and compliance, we can pave the way for a greener and more eco-friendly city.
See the full statement below:
*LAWMA Begins Issuance of Notices to Seal Properties*
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has announced its intention to commence the intention to seal exercise, on homes without waste bins on Lagos Island and Mainland, beginning from 7th July 2023. This follows the earlier issuance of abatement notices to those areas two months ago, urging property owners and residents to procure adequate waste bins for their homes.
The Executive Director, Finance of LAWMA, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, gave the hint in a statement, adding that sufficient notice had been given to tenements to procure the standard waste bins. He said, “It is crucial for residents to cultivate proper environmental habits and support the efforts of the Authority to establish a cleaner and more livable environment. By taking action against violations and ensuring compliance, we can create a sustainable environment, and help build a city of our dream”.
He said the notice of intention to seal would serve as a final warning to residents who were yet to procure the bins and maintain proper waste management practices, adding that the enforcement action was aimed at encouraging responsible environmental behavior and to reduce pollution in the city.
“LAWMA’s Enforcement Team will target areas on Lagos Mainland and Island, where violations have been observed. The team will carry out thorough inspections to identify individuals, households, or businesses, that have consistently neglected waste management guidelines. Those found in violation will receive an intention to seal notice, outlining the specific actions required to rectify the situation and avoid further penalties. The exercise will be in phases, this is the phase one, and we will visit other areas in the state to ensure full compliance”, he stated.
The executive director, urged residents to take responsibility for maintaining a clean and healthy environment for all, noting that, by adhering to waste management regulations, residents could contribute to the overall cleanliness and sustainability of the environment.
“By adhering to government’s directive for tenements to procure standard covered bins, would ensure that our wastes are properly containerised. This will help save the environment from indiscriminate waste disposal and other hazardous consequences, such as flooding and outbreak of diseases”, he noted.
He said further that LAWMA had been actively working towards improving waste management in Lagos, implementing various initiatives such as waste sorting campaigns, recycling programs, and public awareness campaigns, with the aim of instilling a culture of responsible waste disposal, to minimise the adverse impact of waste on the environment.
Adebiyi appealed to residents to join hands with the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to establish a cleaner and healthier environment, by shunning indiscriminate waste disposal and taking advantage of the waste management services provided by PSP operators.
For waste management related issues and inquiries, call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617.
*Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)*
Head, Public Affairs