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EXISTING STRUCTURES, CURRENT REALITIES REVEAL DEFICIENCIES IN WASTE MANAGEMENT – AMBODE


Lagos
State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday said existing structures and
current realities in waste management in the State reveal deficiencies
that do not align with the government’s vision of a smart city.

DR. IDIAT ADEBULE AND OTHER PARTICIPANTS AT THE 2018 WORLD HABITAT DAY CELEBRATION IN LAGOS

The
Governor, who disclosed this at the commemoration of the 2018 World
Habitat Day at the Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, in Ikeja with the theme;
“Municipal Solid Waste Management”, said waste generation was a natural
phenomenon as a result of human activities and that the challenges of
managing solid waste cannot be overemphasized.

While
acknowledging efforts that previous administrations had put in place,
with the formulation of various policies on municipal waste management,
he pointed out that the astronomical increase in population annually and
the resultant waste generation necessitate a re-focus in the interest
of the State.

Ambode,
represented at the event by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule,
said: “The existing structures and current realities reveal deficiencies
(especially equipment and infrastructural gaps) that do not align with
the State Government’s vision of a smart city”.

He
stated that in the quest for a holistic approach towards solving the
challenges of waste management, the State government, in line with
global best practices conceptualized the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI),
stressing that the initiative was a strong resolve and commitment to
redefining solid waste management.

Ambode
observed that astronomical population growth, increasing living
standard of people, new settlements and emerging industries to meet
human needs for survival increased waste generation in the State, adding
that waste from industrial and domestic activities, when not properly
disposed of, caused a lot of harm in the environment and bred various
diseases.

In
his words, “One of the challenges faced in the world today is the
pursuit of a clean and sustainable environment in order to break the
cycle of diseases and promote good health. The Lagos State Government
through the “Cleaner Lagos Initiative” has been sensitizing the populace
on the need for a clean environment and encouraging all to adopt the
collective responsibility of caring for our environment and ensuring its
livability and sustainability”.

He
argued that for the waste management framework to be effective there
was a need for a comprehensive technological development, environmental
education and awareness programmes for the populace, saying that his
administration placed a lot of emphasis on clean-up campaigns.Earlier,
the State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development,
Prince Rotimi Ogunleye said many State governments disbursed a good
percentage of their funds on domestic waste management, noting that
Lagos State had a population of over 20 million and as such required
huge funds for domestic waste management.

He said good policies were sacrosanct but that it was in the area of implementation that government needed to make a difference.

“Therefore,
all of us as managers must ensure that policies are strictly
implemented and adhered to. We need attitudinal change and resolve to
move towards Zero Waste economy whereby the output of each resource is
converted into input for a better use,” he said.

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