The Lagos State Government has charged members of the Manufacturers Associations of Nigeria (MAN) to be part of the solution to environmental pollution and waste management challenge by tapping into the enormous opportunity in waste recycling in Lagos State.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, gave the charge while receiving members of Manufacturers Associations of Nigeria, Ikeja branch, on a courtesy visit to his office in Alausa on Wednesday, said that Lagos State Government was preoccupied with creating an enabling environment where manufacturing and commerce could thrive.
His words: “We have to continue to think of how to create an enabling environment and build infrastructure so as to continue to encourage Manufacturing and Commerce”.
He explained that the environment must be of paramount concern to both government and investors as it was a consideration for the ease of doing business.
“We recognize that members of your association (MAN) are employers of labour and equally generators of waste. Consequently, you ought to take cognizance of waste to wealth initiatives to provide solutions and create more employment, while government builds the necessary infrastructure and creates the needed environment for business to thrive”, he said.
The Commissioner emphasised that Lagos State was in the forefront of efforts to build local capacity and entrepreneurship as exemplified by achievements of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSTF) and the ongoing partnership with the Lagos State Welders Association, through the Lagos State Vocational Education Board (LSVEB) for the manufacturing of wastes bins.
The Chairman, Ikeja Branch of the Manufacturers Associations of Nigeria, Otunba Francis Meshioye, commended the cordial relationship between manufacturers and the Lagos State Government while calling for an improved relationship with other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.