LAGOS ASSEMBLY COMMENDS THE EFFORT OF LAWMA, LWC ON SERVICE DELIVERY
Lagos State House of Assembly Assembly thru its Committee on The Environment has commended the Lagos Waste Management Authority,( LAWMA) and Lagos Water Corporation, (LWC) on the efforts geared towards quality service delivery in the State.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Desmond Olusola Elliot made this statement during the Committee’s oversight visit on Wednesday to Agencies under its purview.
The visitation which also served as a courtesy tour to survey the challenges faced by the Agencies has been the first since the inauguration of the 9th Assembly.
Addressing the Committee at their office, Engr. Mumeni Badmus, Director, Lagos Water Corporation, LWC highlighted that one of the goals of the corporation is to ensure that every household connects to safe, usable water supply in the State.
He, however noted that the challenges faced by the corporation includes consistent reduction of staff due to retirement, inadequate capacity development, aging work force. He also said that poor maintenance of equipments affects service delivery adversely.
Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu, also part of the envoy, informed the agency of the complaint from some old staff of the agency who came to the House of Assembly to report about outstanding dues and pension. Ogundimu further announced that an Ad-hoc committee is already set up to look into these complaints.
At the Lagos Waste Management Authority, the Director, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni appealed to the state government to secure mechanical operational tools such as bulldozers and ground field equipment’s to aide the service of the agency.
He added that the Agency’s goal in service delivery is to improve the trip of each waste vehicle to 150 per day, however, there are numerous challenges that deters such hopes.
Mr. Odumboni noted that 3,000 tons of recyclable waste are been remitted daily, while 700 tons are been captured; therefore, government can ensure that any business idea that has to do with recycling promoted as long as they render their services at good rates while providing recycling machinery.
“Investors can also partner with the Agency, this will be of great value to the sector and state in general.
Heritage bank adopted the State recycling programme as a form of corporate social responsibility, we expect others to join also” He said.
Mr. Odumboni also broached the matter of LAWMA Academy which is a learning and awareness academy that educate people, staff and workers on how recycling and disposal is done.
“People looking for jobs can start a recycling business in the LAWMA Academy, and it is free for the public to educate themselves” He added.
Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu while commending the good conduct of the agencies, urged them to form a symbiotic relationship with the Committee.
Hon. Desmond Elliot lauded the agencies over the representation of their sectors during the tour and yearned for synergy with the Committee.
Members present are: Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu,Hon. Olawale Olayiwola,Hon. Richard Adedamola Kasumu, Hon. Sanni Okanlawon, Hon. Ajani Owolabi