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LAWMA Partners Firms For CSR To Communities [Photos]

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has partnered AOA Windstream and Applistructure Consulting Ltd to launch a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, tagged "LAWMA GrassRoots Benefit," which saw the distribution of packages of essential commodities, to the people of Otto, Ijora-Olopa and Ilaje communities. Speaking at the event, which held at LAWMA's headquarters in Ijora-Olopa, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Ibrahim Odumboni, noted that the grassroots benefits program was designed to cater for the needs of the less privileged members of communities, including those of low-income, the unemployed, and vulnerable groups. He said the CSR program included various components, such as food stamps, unemployment benefits, scholarships, free healthcare, empowerment programs, and admission into LAWMA Academy, adding that the program would assist the food budget of low-income people and support small businesses experiencing temporary difficulties. "The GrassRoots Benefit program is an aid program to help those who have lost their jobs. It can help with unemployment insurance benefits, finding a job and training. If you need help paying for admission into tertiary institutions, technical, or other vocations, GrassRoots Benefits is the option you may be eligible for from the LGA and other sources," Mr. Odumboni said. He appreciated the people of those communities (Otto, Ijora-Olopa and Ilaje), for  supporting the Authority over the years, noting that the gesture was a way of giving back to the people, to foster more positive relationship, while also urging them to exercise their civic responsibility, by voting in the forthcoming governorship and state assembly elections. The LAWMA CEO expressed his gratitude to AOA Windstream and Applistructure Consulting Ltd for partnering with LAWMA to launch the GrassRoots Benefit program, reiterating LAWMA's commitment to providing sustainable solutions for waste management and improving the quality of life for residents. Earlier in his welcome address, the Managing Director of AOA Windstream, Cole Adeboyejo, disclosed that the company’s decision to identify with the communities was informed

LAWMA Celebrates Female Staff On International Women’s Day


The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), with Godrej, May & Baker, has marked the International Women's Day by celebrating the female staff, as the real faces of waste management in the state’.The event, which was held at LAWMA's headquarters, Ijora-Olopa, Lagos, featured speeches, presentations, and recognition of female staff members who have contributed immensely to the agency's success.In his opening address, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, showered praise on LAWMA sanitation workers (sweepers), whom he described as worthy heroines.He highlighted the importance of women's empowerment and the need to create an environment where women could thrive and contribute meaningfully to the development of our society, urging them to continue to work hard towards achieving the agency’s goals.He said: "As we celebrate International Women's Day today, let usremember that women are an integral part of our society, and we must continue to support their growth and development. I am so proud of you and your contributions to the cleanliness of our city. You are the first to come out daily, you are the face of LAWMA.Mr. Odumboni also copiously commended Governor Sanwo-Olu’s support for the agency, noting that: "We are fortunate to have a governor who is committed to real development of the state.In his address, the managing director of Godrej, Mr. Chitwan Singh,represented by Mr. Abel Idonije, copiously praised LAWMA’s efforts atkeeping the city clean, which according to him has prevented sicknesses and outbreak of diseases.Also speaking, the representative of May & Baker, Mrs. Essien Omotola Opeyemi, urged women to always ensure their total wellness, to enable them to take care of their families.In her presentation on the theme: “Women in Technology”, Mrs. BolaAdeniran, Director Procurement, LAWMA, told the women to step up and close the gender gap on issues of technology and ICT, to widenemployment space

LAWMA, Lotus Empower Widows


No fewer than 300 widows benefited from the empowerment programme organised by the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), in conjunction with LOTUS Bank. The event, which held at the Authority's Ogudu Zonal Office on Wednesday, had in attendance widows in the employment of LAWMA and other waste service providers in the state. In his welcome address, the Managing Director/ CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, noted that the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu prioritised the welfare of widows, adding that the empowerment was achieved with his support. He said, “This is not the first time we will be doing this, we did it during last year's Ramadan and by God's grace,  it is already part of our plans to replicate same, come this year’s Ramadan.  We cherish you a lot, and the governor does not take your welfare lightly. "Today, we have the partnership of LOTUS Bank, which has joined us in this progressive train, to take care of your financial needs, as you open accounts with them today. Do not forget to exercise your civic responsibilities during the forthcoming elections, vote for the right candidate, we will continue to support you," he said. The Managing Director of LOTUS Bank, Kafayat Araoye, represented by the General Manager, Yemisi Mayagbon, expressed appreciation to the widows for embracing the bank, promising them a robust collaboration for business loans. While assuring the women of ease and quicker access to their money, especially with the current money crisis at banks, she assured their constant commitment to women empowerment. Some of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Tawa Obakoya and Olawunmi Badmus, who received given electronic blenders and food items, thanked the organisers for the initiative, promising their continuous support for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's administration. Also present at the event were: the Executive Director of LAWMA, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi; Executive Director of LOTUS Bank, Mr. Isiaka Ajani Lawal,

LAWMA Organises Medical Checks For Sanitation Workers (Photos) – Naijanewsdirect

No fewer than 1000 sanitation workers (street sweepers) benefitted from the free medical screening, organised by the Lagos Waste Management Authority, (LAWMA), at the Authority's Transfer Loading Station, Simpson - Sura, Lagos Island. In his opening remarks, the Managing Director/ CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, emphasised the need for sweepers to take matters of their health seriously, hence the outreach and the health insurance for them. He reiterated that the sanitation workers, whom he tagged LAWMA heroes, working round the clock, remained the first point of contact, in the effort to keep Lagos clean. He said: "You are our heroes and I do not want to lose any of you. We understand the nature of your job, we cannot afford to toy with your health, as many of you don't visit the hospital regularly for checkups. Therefore, today, the medical officers here will do your blood pressure, sugar level, urine test and so on. “You will be given drugs based on your test results. The present administration appreciates your effort, and we will continue to do more of this, another one is coming up by December. Your health is important to us," he noted. Odumboni urged the sweepers to continue to be diligent, and to be more vigilant, while discharging their duties, imploring them to place safety cones at visible spots, to protect them. LAWMA’s medical team lead, Dr. (Mrs.) Modupe Okoh, stressed that over 1000 sanitation workers from LAWMA’s East1, East 2 and Central 1 Districts, were registered for the exercise, adding that the screening was aimed at detecting undiagnosed cases of hypertension, diabetes and hepatitis B. Okoh added that medical consultations would be done for new and old medical cases, while referrals would be made to government hospitals, for persons with chronic ailments. One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Oriade Aleshinloye, noted that the exercise would

No One is Exempted From Paying Waste Bills – LAWMA MD – Naijanewsdirect

The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has called on residents in the state to support efforts of the Authority to rid the environment of filth, by paying their waste bills promptly. He said payment for waste services was very crucial to achieving the state’s vision of establishing a cleaner and livable environment, adding that no one was exempted from paying waste bills, regardless of occupation or societal status. According to him, “We want to appeal to all residents in the state, to make it a duty to pay their waste bills. This is very important because the operations of service providers, rely heavily on people paying for waste services. As a matter of fact, nobody is exempted from this, including civil servants”. "For the sake of emphasis, there is no section of the Civil Service Rule that exempts government workers from paying for services rendered by PSP operators. This applies to every other profession. We must take responsibility for the change we want to see in our environment. Anyone caught dumping indiscriminately under the guise of belonging to a particular profession, would be made to face the wrath of the law", he said. The LAWMA boss reiterated the Authority’s commitment to ensuring that every part of the metropolis was properly sanitised, adding that the agency had stepped up efforts to rid the environment of waste backlogs, through intensive morning and night operations. He further stated, “We deploy thousands of sweepers, and waste collection trucks daily, across major routes in the city, as well as ensure that waste generated by tenements is taken care of, by PSP operators. We want to assure Lagosians that we will not relent on our efforts to make the environment cleaner and healthier for all”. Odumboni said the Authority was also working with other sister agencies,

LAWMA Academy Concludes Summer School For Pupils – Naijanewsdirect

LAWMA Academy has concluded this year’s four-week summer school for pupils, during which over 100 pupils from different schools in Lagos State, were trained on effective waste management and good environmental practices, at the Authority’s headquarters in Ijora-Olopa. That school, is the academic arm of the Lagos Waste Management Authority. Addressing the pupils, Managing Director/CEO of the Authority, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, encouraged the young minds, to deploy the creative experiences they acquired during the period, to good uses in their homes, schools etc, having been trained in arts and crafts, among others. He said “You can make use of the recyclables to make bins that you can place in your rooms when you get home. I equally want you to encourage your parents to procure their waste bins too, for proper containerization of waste. Let them know you are now environment ambassadors. Practice all you have learnt. Thank you all for participating”. Earlier in her welcome address, the head of LAWMA Academy, Mrs. Elizabeth Ademola, noted that the programme got more entries than last year, with both physical and virtual participation. According to her, “It is a great improvement for us to have a large number of pupils between ages 8-13, participate in this year’s summer school. The idea is to ensure we achieve a generation that will be environment-conscious, as children are more receptive to messages like this, especially when it is fun and interactive. We have been able to improve on our chain of activities, the pupils were engaged in tie and dye skills, up-cycling projects, and they also visited recycling companies. “During their training, the pupils learnt how to reproduce lovely items from recyclables such as plastic, cardboards, wood and Ankara fabrics. They were able to make flower vases; cups; shoe rack stacks; sitting stool; LAWMA Academy logo made with wool, plastic

LAWMA Warns Against Attack On Its Workers – Naijanewsdirect

The Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has warned against unwarranted attacks on its wokers, carrying out lawful duties of waste evacuation during the day or night time. The Managing Director/CEO, Ibrahim Odumboni, gave the warning against the background of a reported attack by suspected miscreants on a LAWMA team, on night duty around Lagos – Abeokuta Expressway. He indicated that any such attacks again, would be met with stiff official reaction, including prosecution, to deter such offenders. He said:" We are totally disappointed to hear about attacks on our workers, on official duty.  It is totally unacceptable and inhuman. LAWMA works round the clock to ensure our environment is healthier and safer for everyone to live. Our workers do not deserve to be treated that way. Anyone caught in such act again will be made to face the full wrath of the law." Odumboni urged the public to always cooperate with LAWMA workers, including the PSP operators, to keep the environment clean, for the good of everyone.

Backlog Of Waste To Disappear Soon, Says LAWMA MD – Naijanewsdirect

The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has given assurance, that the backlog of waste dotting the cityscape would be a thing of the past in seven days. He said this while coordinating operational activities around the city, adding that LAWMA would exploit the gradual cessation of rainfall and appreciable progress on landfill rehabilitation, to achieve the feat. Odumboni said: “Thankfully, the rains have subsided and coupled with the reasonable progress on rehabilitation at the landfills, all these are working for good to complement our efforts. I can tell you that in seven days, the backlog of refuse will be gone. We have re-energised our operational machinery, working in renewed collaboration with the PSP operators”. He also stated that the Authority was working on a special arrangement with PSPs, to make sure that they rendered optimal service delivery, adding that the agency had been providing backup services in areas with noticeable service gaps. “We are working on an arrangement to sort out some of the issues affecting the performance of PSP operators in the state, especially the issue of scarcity and high cost of diesel, which has practically undermined our efforts to rid the state of the waste backlog”, he stated. The LAWMA boss urged residents to bag and containerise their waste and support efforts of the Authority to sanitise the environment, by shunning indiscriminate waste disposal, one of the major factors leading to flood disasters and other attendant environmental hazards. Also speaking, the president of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), Mr. David Oriyomi, noted that the PSP operators have a renewed commitment to their responsibility of maintaining a clean Lagos environment, despite obvious challenges, adding that the PSPs would stop at nothing to get the job done. He promised that the PSP operators would continue to work

Sallah Festivities: LAWMA To Maintain Clean Environment – Odumboni – Naijanewsdirect

The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Ibrahim Odumboni, has given assurance on the agency’s determination to cart away all refuse generated during the Sallah celebrations, to leave the city sustainably clean. He gave the indication while reviewing the Authority’s level of preparedness, to tackle the expected huge volume of waste, to be generated during Eid-el-kabir festivities. Odumboni stated that the various operational districts have been properly positioned, to cope seamlessly with the increased volume of waste, expected from residents around the city. According to him: “We are well aware that the Sallah period will leave us with tons and tons of waste to evacuate. Be assured that we are fully prepared and equipped for the task. It is not the first time we will be doing it; we will do it again and even better this time. “Our various operational districts have been properly positioned and empowered to tackle the expected task. This is just to assure you that LAWMA is fully prepared for that challenge”, he stressed. Speaking further, he noted that despite the persisting challenge of exhorbitant diesel cost, LAWMA was scaling hurdles to deliver, and has put the PSP operators on their toes, to work around the obvious challenge, and render service irrespective of assigned days to the people for the common good of all. Odumboni noted that part of the extra measures put in place for a dirt-free celebration, include mass distribution of trash bags at praying grounds, for the muslim faithful to properly bag their waste, especially animal waste, adding that a newspaper publication of the names and contacts of LAWMA officials, has also been done, for residents to get across for prompt service intervention. He urged residents to observed the festivities with moderation and piety, in line with spiritual injunctions, urging them to desist from dumping wastes

We Are Committed To A Clean Environment – LAWMA Boss…Appeals for waste containerisation – Naijanewsdirect

  Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has reassured residents of firm commitment to a clean environment despite the challenge of diesel scarcity, while also appealing to them to bag and containerise their waste. The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated this on Friday while monitoring the environment, adding that efforts were being intensified, to clear any backlog of refuse, and to stop acts of indiscriminate waste disposal around the city. He said: “We have redoubled our efforts, working round the clock to ensure that we evacuate all waste anywhere around the city. Although the scarcity and high cost of diesel has been a major challenge, as all service providers' trucks run on diesel, nonetheless, we are doing the needful and leaving no stone unturned, to maintain a clean environment and prevent health hazard to the people”. “Over preceding months, we have rolled out advocacy and media sensitisation campaigns, to inform and educate residents on the importance of environmental cleanliness, particularly the act of waste containerisation. We have also supported efforts of PSP operators, by providing backup services in areas that experienced service gaps, with the overall aim of eradicating black spots across the metropolis”. He appealed to residents to properly bag and containerise their waste to allow more storage period and prevent littering. According to him, "The resurgence of waste observed in some areas of the metropolis is borne out of the unforeseen diesel challenges the service providers are experiencing, and since tenements cannot keep waste in their houses, have resorted to bringing it to the highways, which isn't proper." "While we strongly reiterate the importance of waste containers at home, we passionately appeal and canvass for public cooperation, to combat a resurgence of waste on road medians, canals and other illegal spots." "We are assuring Lagosians of our total commitment to rid the environment of