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LAWMA Clamps Down On Non-Compliant Construction Sites Across Lagos

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May 6, 2024

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has issued 343 contravention notices to construction sites across the state for failing to adhere to the construction waste management regulations. This crackdown was revealed during a ministerial press briefing held by Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, marking the first anniversary of the second term of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

The briefing, held at Alausa, Ikeja, highlighted LAWMA’s stringent efforts over the past year to enforce environmental compliance among construction firms. According to Commissioner Wahab, alongside the contravention notices, 354 new introductions notices were also issued, targeting firms to align with lawful waste management procedures. The authority took further steps against 10 particularly stubborn sites, enforcing strict compliance measures.

Wahab underscored the role of LAWMA’s Construction Demolition and Disaster Waste Department in collaborating with construction entities to ensure the proper disposal of waste generated during construction. He expressed concern over some firms’ disregard for regulations, which necessitated the issuance of notices.

The commissioner also shed light on broader environmental challenges, mentioning the identification and clearance of 103 black spots known for illegal waste dumping. He condemned the ongoing illegal dumping practices by some residents who ignore designated waste disposal services, choosing instead to clutter canals and roadways.

In a positive move towards sustainable waste management, Wahab announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between LAWMA, the Lagos State Government, and Jospong Group, focusing on waste treatment solutions and the re-engineering of landfill sites for better waste management and job creation.

Further environmental initiatives include collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) to set up plastic recycling facilities across the state, targeting substantial plastic waste removal and providing employment opportunities.

The Marine Unit of LAWMA has also been strengthened with five additional rafters this past year to enhance on-shore and off-shore waste collection. In the markets, continuous engagement with stakeholders has significantly improved hygiene practices and waste management.

Highlighting enforcement actions, Wahab noted that approximately 1,100 environmental defaulters were prosecuted over the past year, with many receiving community service sentences or fines. He emphasized the importance of continuous public education and stakeholder engagement to maintain the momentum in efficient waste management.

In closing, the commissioner praised the efforts of the LAWMA Academy in expanding waste management education to over 1,400 pupils across eight primary schools, and he called on all Lagos residents to cooperate with authorized waste disposal practices, especially with the approaching rainy season, to prevent environmental degradation.

The briefing underlined LAWMA’s commitment to transforming Lagos into a cleaner and more sustainable city through rigorous enforcement and proactive environmental management strategies.

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