Lagos may hands-off LAWMA for privatisation

EKOCITY MAGAZINE — The Lagos State Government may soon allow private firms to manage waste in the state ensuring prompt and efficient disposal, according to the words of Executive Chairman, Lagos Waste Management Authority Agency (LAWMA), Mr Olumuyiwa Adejokun.

Speaking Thursday in Lagos at a three-day retreat with the theme: “Reformed Waste Management in Lagos State: The Role of LAWMA,’’ Adejokun said that the government no longer has the resources to manage waste generated by the residents.

He said, “The management of waste costs billions of naira and the present administration did not have the funds to manage waste.

“If you have a group of companies coming together to say they have the capacity to do this work with more than 100 brand new trucks to load your waste, why not make use of them.

“It is better for LAWMA to step aside and allow those who are going to do the operation do it well while we monitor them.

“The agency is a referee playing the same ball with players; if there is any fault who will sanction LAWMA?

“The new role of the agency is to regulate the investors in waste management and sanction anybody found wanting.’’

Mr Segun Adeniji, General Manager, LAWMA, said the retreat was organised to sensitise staff on the new role of the agency before the enactment of the law to reposition the agency.

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