The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has initiated the production of waste bins for Ekiti State as part of a collaborative effort to address various waste management and environmental issues. Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, revealed this development during a statement in his office on Tuesday. He emphasized LAWMA’s commitment to promoting effective waste management practices, both within and beyond Lagos State. Dr. Gbadegesin further expressed the willingness of Lagos to extend support and partnerships to other states in various aspects of waste management.
“I am happy to announce the partnership between LAWMA and Ekiti State Government, which will see us fabricate their waste bins at a reasonable cost. By fabricating waste bins in-house, we gain greater control over quality, production speed, and ultimately, cost-effectiveness. This allows us to not only ensure a steady supply of bins for Lagos, but also help us to extend our support to other states like Ekiti, which is currently a prime beneficiary of this initiative. LAWMA has assisted some states before now and we are willing to do more”, he stated.
Gbadegesin emphasized that the collaboration with Ekiti State underscores LAWMA’s proactive stance on environmental concerns. He highlighted that the Ekiti project is designed as a pilot program, setting the stage for potential collaborations with other states in the future.
“We believe that effective waste management is not just a Lagos issue, but a national concern. LAWMA’s door is open to any state seeking our assistance. We are offering our expertise to provide technical support, training, and even manpower, to help other states develop and implement efficient waste management systems”, he emphasized.
Gbadegesin pointed out that the Authority’s Engineering Department, recognized for its creativity and resourcefulness, has established a resilient and effective process for fabricating waste bins. He highlighted that the department employs locally sourced materials to manufacture sturdy bins, catering to a variety of waste management requirements.
“LAWMA’s in-house bin fabrication initiative offers several advantages beyond cost-effectiveness and quality control. It fosters skill development and job creation within the agency, promotes local content utilisation, and reduces reliance on foreign imports. Hence, other states who are interested can get the bins at affordable rates”, he stated.
To address waste management concerns, reach out to LAWMA through toll-free numbers: 080000LAWMA (08000052962), 07080601020, and 617. Alternatively, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.