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Lagos Waste Management Agrees To Train F/town Council on Waste Control

Lagos Waste Management Agrees To Train F/town Council on Waste Control

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), the agency statutorily charged with solid Waste Management in Africa’s populous state, Lagos, has expressed its willingness to help build the capacity of waste control personnel of Freetown City Council.  (Photo:  Mayor Moses Sesay (r) Mayor George Herbert A Williams, (LAWMA’s) Mr. Ola Orsanya in white and other members of the delegation)

This goodwill came as a result of a request made by Mayor of Freetown His Worshipful George Herbert Williams, out of his burning desire to make Freetown  one of the cleanest African cities and also for some of his personnel to be trained by personnel of LAWMA.

Speaking during an official visit of Freetown Mayor George Herbert Williams, Makeni Mayor Moses Sesay, Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to Nigeria H.E. Henry O. Macauley and other Councillors of Freetown and Makeni Town Councils respectively, to Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) at Ikeja, Lagos, the Chief executive Mr. Ola Oresanya said LAWMA is statutorily charged with Solid Waste Management in Lagos state. 

“According to Mr. Ola Oresanya LAWMA manages the collection , transportation and general handling of solid waste generated from different sources within the Lagos precincts such as Households, Markets, Industrial Locations, Offices Schools, Highways, Hazardous  Medical and Laboratory Wastes as well as construction sites.

“Your Worshipful the Mayor George Herbert Williams, Your Lordship Mayor Moses Sesay, His Excellency High Commissioner Henry O.Macauley, on-behalf of the Lagos State Government and LAWMA, i take this opportunity to inform you, that LAWMA is willing and ready to offer free capacity building and human resource development to personnel of the Freetown Waste Management control of Sierra Leone.

“I can assure you, that at the end of various courses in waste control, Sierra Leone will be proud of a set of professionals, who will efficiently manage and control solid waste to the generality of Freetonians, Corporate Bodies and Governments, Local and Country) and in addition, they will surely transform Freetown to any other very clean city in the world”. Said Mr. Ola Oresanya.

Created in 1967 by former Military Head of State General Yakubu Gowon, LAWMA had gone through three different managements, the forth and present came into being in 2005, with a vision to make LAWMA very effective and an internationally accredited organization.

Also for it to be a case to be studied in Solid Waste Management  in the Sub-Region through pioneering and championing of practicable and exceptionally efficient Solid Waste Management Services and products alongside the provision of a sustainable Environment that will be  conducive for human habitation.

LAWMA manages more than Nine Thousand (9000) Metric Tons of Waste; daily at a Generation per Capital (GPC) of 0.5Kg/Person/Day is contained and controlled: out of which two hundred and fifty bags of fertilizers are produced on a daily basis.

Sierra Leone is the second Country to approach LAWMA for capacity building, Ghana being the first.

LAWMA has Dumpsites, Transfer Loading Stations, Landfills, Material Recovery Facility and Waste to Wealth projects Compost and Plant. It started off in 2005 with two Lorries, but now has more than two hundred trucks. Tens of caterpillars, dumpers and other equipments.

Pasco Gerald Temple, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone High Commission, Abuja, Nigeria

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