To ensure a clean and healthy environment in schools and the society, the Lagos Waste Management Authority has advised pupils to seek ways of turning waste to wealth by re-using and recycling them.
At a programme organised for pupil recently, with the theme, ‘Recycling: A secured future for our children’, the Executive Chairman, LAWMA, Mr. Olumuyiwa Adejokun, said schools should provide bins to sort their wastes into different categories.
He said, “We should endeavour to handle our wastes properly in public places such as schools and others. If we separate these wastes from the beginning, it will make it easier for us to recycle.
“Let us look at ways of recycling our wastes such as sachet water packs, pet plastics bottles, cartoons and aluminium cans, among others to generate wealth.”
According to him, recycling of wastes serves better purpose and creates employment as well as wealth.
“This is one way we can help create more jobs that will lead to a more secured Nigeria for our children,” he said.
The Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on the Environment, Mr. Saka Fafunmi, said the state was re-strategizing its waste management focus to ensure a cleaner Lagos.
He added that the state government had downsized the number of street sweepers in order to get rid of the lazy ones among them.
“The state government is planning to improve on their activities by changing some of the old hands who are not performing and replacing them with those who have the zeal to do the job,” Fafunmi said.
He noted that with an envisaged increase in the state’s population in the near future, this was the right time to cultivate the culture of waste handling.
Fafunmi added, “Today, what you consider to be waste can be a great source of wealth for some people as well as materials for many companies. I want you to go home and advise your parents against throwing wastes indiscriminately, especially in public and restricted places.
“I also want you to go home with a strong conviction that you want to be agents of change that will make a difference in your immediate communities.”