The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has commenced full rehabilitation including capping of some landfills in the state, in a bid to achieve faster turn-around time and easy access by waste disposal trucks.
This happening was disclosed in a press statement issued by the Head of Public Affairs of the Agency, Mr Akeem Akinleye, recently. It stated that the rehabilitation was partly aimed at reducing the level of leachate contamination of the surrounding surface of the landfills and their groundwater, and to restore the sites close to their natural state.
The statement further noted that the Authority was taking advantage of the August break, for that purpose, urging the Private Sector Participants (PSP) to use alternative landfills in areas like Badagry and Ewu-elepe, Ikorodu.
Also indicated in the statement was that the current state of the landfills made them inaccessible to the PSP’s trucks adding that the restoration was crucial and could not be delayed any longer.
Akinleye also pleaded for the cooperation and understanding of motorists and other road users, on the inconveniences experienced in connecting the access roads around the landfills during the exercise, with a promise a return to normalcy as soon as possible.
Residents were also implored to shun all forms of indiscriminate dumping of waste on the roads, canals and other unauthorized locations, so flooding and other related environmental hazards could be avoided.
For inquiries on waste management operations and PSP related issues, the LAWMA toll-free was made available, 07080601020 and 617.