The new managing director of Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Mr. Abdulwahab Ogunbiyi, has disclosed that the agency has the capability to generate electricity through waste, with cooperation of government and other stakeholders.
Ogunbiyi stated this while addressing PSP operators during his maiden interactive session with stakeholders at Agege Waste Transfer Loading site.
He said 40 percent of what is required to turn the waste to wealth is readily available in the state.
He also solicited for the support of the stakeholders for effective waste management, while assuring them that his agency would continue to make available all the necessary infrastructural and technical assistance for the private waste collectors, PSP, to enhance their services.
According to him, it is no longer the responsibility of LAWMA alone to be carrying waste all around, but to manage and regulate the activities of the PSPs, “but as partners we all have to join hands to ensure a cleaner and healthier state.”
Ogunbiyi, while enjoining the stakeholders to be purposeful and key into the objectives of the agency, stated that the state government had mandated LAWMA to ensure that every nook and cranny of the state is free of waste.
He further stated that the agency intends to reorganise marine waste evacuation, while assuring the group to ensure they perform in line with basic standard as better days lie ahead.
Reacting to the demands of the PSP and other stakeholders who requested for the support of the agency in areas such as infrastructure upgrade and prompt payment for services, the LAWMA boss assured them of continuous support in the effort to facilitate the release of their outstanding arrears.
He also promised to build on the achievements of his predecessor, Mr. Oladimeji Oresanya, whom he described as a bosom colleague, and commended him for taking the agency to an enviable height.
In her welcome address, the General Manager, Admin and Special Duties, Mrs. Abimbola Jijoho-Ogun, urged the service providers to cooperate with the new CEO of LAWMA as they did with his predecessor, while she introduced Ogunbiyi to the various stakeholders.
The stakeholders welcomed the new CEO and pledged support for his administration. On all pending issues, the MD promised to look into them individually and severally.
At the meeting, 350 PSP service providing companies, made up of marine waste evacuators, street sweepers and PSP operators across the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State were in attendance.