LWC PARTICIPATES AT THE 2018 WORLD HABITAT DAY, AS GOV. AMBODE ATTRIBUTES CLEANER LAGOS INITIATIVE (CLI) TO HOLISTIC APPROACH TOWARDS SOLVING THE CHALLENGES OF WASTE MANAGEMENT IN LAGOS STATE
Lagos Water Corporation joined other Ministry, Departments and Agencies in the State and the World at large to celebrate the 2018 World Habitat Day, today Monday 8th October, 2018, at the Adeyemi Bero Hall, Secretariat, Alausa, Lagos,
This year program with the theme: Municipal Solid Waste Management. To reflects on the state of our cities and towns and the basic human right to adequate shelter.
In his keynote address, Lagos State Governor, His excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode attributed Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) to a holistic approach towards solving the challenges of waste management in Lagos State.
The Governor who was ably represented by Her excellency, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Mrs. Idiat Adebule said the State Government in line with global best practices conceptualised the Cleaner Lagos initiative (CLI), the Initiative to represent strong resolve and commitment of the administration to redefine solid waste management in the State.
“It is designed to address specific issues in waste management cycle including control, collection, storage, treatment, recycle, transportation, and disposal”
He added that the efficiency of this system among others is highly dependent on the inherent opportunities in waste reduction at a point of generation, waste sorting, and demonstration of right attitude that guarantee a sustainable environment.
Gov. Ambode however charged the residents of Lagos to adopt modern and globally acknowledged best practices to ensure effective and efficient waste management in a megacity.
“The focus of this year celebration is particularly relevant to the State, given the challenges of waste management associated with mega cities.
“With population of about 25million people and a daily waste generation estimated at 13,000 metric tones, it is clear that we adopt modern and globally acknowledged best practices to ensure effective and efficient waste management in a megacity, stressing the uttermost importance of Waste – Wealth program in the State”.
He acknowledged the efforts of the previous administration and commended the efforts with the formulation of various policies on municipal waste management.
Adding that the continued growth in the population especially the daily migration from other parts of the country and the resultant effect on waste generation necessitated a refocus, and review of existing system and the adoption of a method that will not only ensure a cleaner city on a sustainable basis, but also harness the economic opportunities in modern waste management.
His excellency reiterated that the best possible methods of managing the solid waste are to reuse, reduce and recycle them.
Effective Solid Waste Manage requires a paradigm shift in the quest for environmental sustainability, a new mind-set to resolve around responsibility, partnership and stewardship, he concluded.