…As Heritage Bank Support LAWMA ‘PAKAM’ Initiative
One hundred (100) residents in Lagos state that participated in recycling waste product through ‘PAKAM’ APP has emerged winners at the maiden edition of LAWMA ‘PAKAM’ raffle draw on Saturday, 29th of May, 2021.
The purpose is to encourage a smarter Lagos while you earn from recycling pet boottles, polythenes among others after downloading PAKAM APP on Google, engaging in such practices and also assured Lagosians that the agency will leave no stone unturned in ensuring a sustainable clean environment.
The Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, reiterated the agency’s policy on zero tolerance for indiscriminate waste disposal and admonished Lagosians on the dangers inherent in.
LAWMA Managing Director, Odumboni said, “The process of waste management, generation, collection and disposal varies from city to city within Lagos state involves a significant financial and human capital investment coupled with demands for advocacy and awareness with residents.
“The incumbent Lagos State Government, led by Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, led by the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, are in tune with this and currently leading the way in Nigeria. In relation to recycling, Lagos State has started recycling officially since the inception of the current administration and, over the last six months, has scaled up with the revamp of Blue Box Initiative to Lagos Recycles; introduction of technology through PAKAM APP; provision of incentive scheme; collaboration with corporate organisations for production and distribution of recycling bins to airports, schools, hospitals and other public places; inauguration of Lagos Recyclers Association; capacity building for our certified recyclers, and engagement with Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, World Bank, to mention a few.
The ultimate goal is to divert 20 per cent of our waste collected which are recyclables from our disposal sites”.
“On disposal of waste and waste to energy initiative, it is known that there are various approaches to it which include open dumping, landfilling, sanitary landfill for gasification and incineration system for energy generation, among others.”
In Lagos, at the moment, we have the landfills system, and in the last nine months, we have expedited efforts to ensure that we move away from that as quickly as possible due to its long-term environmental impact while we mitigate that.
“As we look at the vision of Lagos up to 2030, we need to come up with effective ways of managing our waste disposal in Lagos because the city is surrounded by water and limited in landmass availability. It is important that we have the right choices made, rather doing something that is not sustainable. We have started partnering with various organisations that engage in sustainable ways to energy.
We are discussing with various environmentally-conscious organisations to give us various options to explore. We have also sent our team of in-house experts to different countries and seminars to examine the available waste management models in those countries. We can benchmark our city with countries such as Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Netherlands and Venezuela in terms of topography, population and other environmental challenges. We want to achieve something that is more sustainable for Lagos State and Lagosians. It is our goal to ensure that any initiative we embark on is at an affordable cost for the state and residents as well.
Titilola Docemo, Regional Head at Heritage Bank plc said, Heritage Bank Plc’s partnership with Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is to attain sustainable greener and cleaner Lagos. Heritage Bank collaboration is part of the move to promote the implementation of the Central Bank of Nigeria initiative on Nigeria Sustainable Banking Principle to deliver positive development effects to society and businesses.
She stated that Heritage Bank, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Service provider, entered into this partnership to assist the Lagos State Government and Recyclers generate employment whilst making the environment cleaner and better while supporting LAWMA ‘PAKAM’ APP where residents can also earn.