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Lagos State Government has commenced a 5-day training programme for retirees of the Lagos State Public Service, organised by the Office of the Head of Service.

In his speech at the event that took place at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Secretariat Ikeja, the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said the focus on plastic recycling for retirees of Lagos State public service is meant to provide the retirees with the knowledge, skills and competencies that would be advantageous to accessing opportunities in plastic recycling space and all its value chain.

The Head of Service, represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Head of Service, Mrs Sunkanmi Oyegbola, assured that Lagos State would continue to assist in building capacity and create opportunities for private – public sector collaboration.

The Permanent Secretary further stated that the training programme on Waste Plastics Recycling is not only apt at this moment, but also key in the education of Lagosians on the identification and segregation of wastes and its proper disposal, available opportunities in waste plastics value chain and other economic advantages inherent in the general management of wastes.

“I am confident that this programme will go a long way in promoting the right attitude to the management of wastes, particularly during this rainy season, in order to compliment the state government’s effort on its environment and health policies aimed at preventing environmental hazards and promoting waste to wealth initiatives.

“Let me also affirmed that the programme was in fulfilment of the promise by the present administration that no one will be left behind in the implementation of the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda, our retirees inclusive”

She assured the participants that the Lagos State Government will continue to assist in building capacity and create opportunities for private-public sector collaboration and supporting innovation and knowledge sharing for the enhancement of our collection mutual benefit and advantage in all spheres of the economy,” HOS said.

Also in her address, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Head of Service, Mrs Sunkanmi Oyegbola, who was represented by the Secretary, Staff Housing Board, Mr. AbdulRafiu Fashola, said the training programme marks another stride in the commitment of the present administration to run an inclusive governance policy that accommodates and support retirees even in retirement to still contribute their quota to the growth and development of Lagos State.

She further hinted that the training is all about acquiring skills, knowledge and attitude, which according to her cannot be over-emphasised because it would enable all the participants to acquire insight and to be more conscientious about the general management of wastes around the environment and as well raise awareness on areas of opportunities in plastic recycling in particular, urging all participants to listen attentively and tap from the knowledge of the facilitators.

Also in his goodwill message, the Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, said there are many gains inherent in managing plastic wastes, urged participants to listen attentively to the 5-day training and implored them to ask questions on anything not clear to them.

He noted that the indiscriminate disposal of plastics, the amount of space it occupies at the landfills and its non – biodegradable nature have raised serious concern at different fora in recent times, while congratulating the participants for having such an opportunity by the state government, even after retirement.

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