The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Central Business Districts, Mr. Olugbenga Oyerinde, has called on market leaders and Community Development Associations to cooperate with waste managers for efficient and effective waste management within the Lagos Island Business District.
Oyerinde made the call today at a meeting with leaders of Market Associations, Community Development Associations and representatives of the State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), at the CBD Office on Lagos Island.
He said the cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders is necessary to stem the growing resurgence of heaps of refuse dumped on roadsides and drainages within the business district.
While warning shop owners and landlords not to allow the dumping of waste within their vicinity, Oyerinde warned that any business owner or landlord that allowed waste or refuse to accumulate in front of their property risks being sanctioned and prosecuted.
His words: “Let me warn that landlords and shop owners should be vigilant in their vicinity and report any person dumping waste on the road medians and streets because henceforth, landlords and shop owners will be made to account for waste accumulated in their frontages”.
Advising shop owners and residents to imbibe the culture of waste bagging, the Special Adviser urged residents to desist from dumping waste indiscriminately on road medians, verges and gutters, which had worsened the problem of flooding in the business district.
He said that CBD is in talks with LAWMA to increase the numbers of PSP operators within the business district to meet the growing needs of shop owners, shoppers, residents as well as visitors to the area.
The Special Adviser noted that the #EndSARS protest witnessed last year, altered and disrupted the waste management arrangement with LAWMA as the multi-million naira waste compactor acquired by CBD to regularly cart away refuse within the district was vandalised.
In his contribution, the Lagos Island East Zonal Manager of LAWMA, Mr. Adeshina Lawal, encouraged shop owners, market leaders and Community Development Associations to prevail on their members to stop attacking LAWMA officials doing their legitimate business of carting away refuse in the area.
While urging shop owners and residents to see PSP operators as partners in progress in achieving a sustainable environment in Lagos, Oyerinde urged residents and business owners to endeavour to pay for services rendered by PSP Operators because waste collection and disposal services are never free anywhere in the world.
Lawal said that LAWMA has observed the increasing level of waste generated within the business district and has concluded plans to deploy more PSP operators to meet the growing need of residents in the area.