The on-going solid waste management reforms in Lagos State has received a boost from the Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), acknowledging that it is the best way to revamp the environment of Africa’s 5th largest economy.
Speaking while receiving the Executive of the Lagos Chapter of the Association in Alausa on Monday, the Commissioner for the Environment Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare said that the Akinwunmi Ambode lead Administration had conceived the Cleaner Lagos Initiative as a holistic and sustainable solution to the solid waste management challenge in Lagos State.
He said that the initiative provided an avenue for the injection of private investment and modern technology into waste management in the State.
He stressed that the Cleaner Lagos Initiative would engender the transformation of waste management facilities with the establishment of engineered land fill sites, material recovery facilities and the use of modern compactors and over 900,000 electronically tracked waste bins across the State.
“The cleaner Lagos initiative supports the job creation drive of this Administration with over 40,000 jobs, including 27,500 community sanitation workers that will be responsible for sweeping streets in the 377 political wards in Lagos State, in addition to the mechanised sweeping of the highways,” he said.
Adejare noted that Environment, being the superstructure, was important to the wellness and wellbeing of the people as “environment is everything, and everything is environment”
He stated that the importance of the environment to socioeconomic development explained the priority attention that the Lagos State Government had accorded the sector, adding that the Akinwunmi Ambode Administration’s determination to achieve sustainable environment was reflected in the efforts to tackle the waste management challenge through the Cleaner Lagos Initiative.
He also said that the government was equally combating Climate Change through aggressive greening, beautification and establishment of parks and gardens across the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Muyiwa Odusote praised the Lagos State Government for its concern for the Environment, stressing that the sustainability of the environment was germane to the success of the health sector.
“As medical practitioners, just like others, we live and do business in the environment and it is important that we take good care of the environment as health is wealth and environment belongs to all,” he said.