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LAWMA may become redundant, if Visionscape succeeds, but…

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The observed little or no involvement of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in the emerging wave of waste management in Lagos speaks volume of what becomes of the agency if the scheme consolidates.

Whereas analysts say the new scheme may push the agency to total redundancy, others argued that because LAWMA is a creation of the state law, it will remain either to serve as supervisory agency or new roles will be allotted to it by the government.

Business Hilights recalls that the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, in collaboration with Visionscape, has swung into action and cleared over 12,600 metric tonnes of waste from over 80 locations across Lagos State, in an exercise tagged “Operation Deep Clean”.

During the operations, traces of LAWMA involvement were not found, indicating some levels of cracks in the entire new idea.

The cleanup of refuse dumps all over the state began in July,with Visionscape clearing up black spots–illegal waste dumpsites.

Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, in a statement, noted the government’s resolve to rid the state of refuse heaps and solicited the support of all residents for the soon-to-be fully launched Cleaner Lagos Initiative.

He said “Since the exercise began, over 80 locations across the state have been covered and we are building momentum despite the heavy rainfall this season. We are building a new culture of waste management in Lagos State. We are optimistic that all communities in the state will see overall benefits of this drive to put an integrated waste management system in place,” he said.


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