Gov. Ambode pledges to review waste management policy

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By Olushola Omogbehin

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode has promised to review the state’s waste management policy due to the existing structure that shows deficiencies.

He noted that existing structure stands against the vision of the state.

The governor made this known on Monday at a programme to mark the United Nations 2018 World Habitat Day.

Speaking through his Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, he said that effective solid waste management required a paradigm shift for environmental sustainability.

“We will go back to the drawing board to ensure the best for Lagos. In every policy, there is always room to re-evaluate,” he said.

According to the governor, the best methods of managing municipal solid waste include recycle, reuse, and reduce.

“Every Lagosian must be part of the reusable of products in our households, as we cannot afford the one-time use and dump products given their negative consequences,” he said.

In the address of the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye who hasted the programme titled: ‘Municipal solid waste management,’ emphasized that big cities around the world needed strong and healthy management of waste.

“Lagos State has a population of over 20 million people and it is estimated that the average individual in such a city generates an average of 0.115kg of waste daily.

“It therefore means that the state requires huge funds for domestic waste management to provide necessary facilities for operators engaged in collection and disposal of domestic waste.”

The guest speaker of the occasion, Idowu Salawu, who spoke on “Municipal Solid Waste Management in Contemporary Nigeria: A Case Study of Lagos State,” recommended that Lagos should go back to collection from the household level.

Mr. Kabir Yari, the UN delegate in the occasion finally stressed that government must focus on solid waste management to avoid environmental hazards.

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