By Damilola Kushimo
The officials of Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and the residents of Isolo have agreed on some problems-solving strategies that would be effective for waste management in the community.
During a stakeholders meeting convened recently, the two parties fine-tuned solutions to the indiscriminate waste disposal to ensure proper waste management and sustenance of enabling atmospheric conditions at Okota and Apena wards.
The councillor representing Okota ward, Hon. Kanayo Osondu, who noted that the indiscriminate waste disposal especially on the highway which residents of the communities has resorted to, making the community an ‘eyesore’, was as a result of lack of adequate knowledge coupled with outrageous waste bills and ineffectiveness of PSPs in some areas of the.
He stressed that the need for sensitisation of residents on the scope of operations of waste managers in the community as well as creation of enabling bye-laws to curtail the act was necessary.
Amongst the resolution unanimously agreed upon by the stakeholders at the meeting include the amendment of bye-laws regarding waste disposal in the community, arrest and prosecution of waste offenders, closure of defaulting houses and properties.
The stakeholders at the meeting were Isolo Council Leader, Hon. Remy Shittu; the councillor representing Okota ward, Hon. Kanayo Osondu; the Supervisor for Community Sanitation Worker, Ago-okota, Mr. Kehinde Ogunmilero; the Waste Police Officer, Dada Samuel; the Director, Sarobol Nigeria Limited, Mr. Segun Fasuhanmi; Chairman, Community Development Committee (CDC), Isolo LCDA, Alhaji Fatai Abisiga.
Others include the Coordinator, Environmental Lagos Platform, Mr. Alex Bolaji Omorodion; Assistant Environment Health Officer, Isolo LCDA, Mrs Karamat Hassan and other staff members of Sarobol Nigeria Limited.
The CDC Chairman promised that the next CDC meeting which will come up on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, as well as various Community Development Associations (CDAs’) meetings would be used as avenues to educate the residents on the dangers of indiscriminate waste disposal and the need to patronise waste managers as well as to become more responsible to the community.