The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has begun the fabrication of waste bins for Ekiti State.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.
Gbadegesin said that the partnership was aimed at tackling a myriad of waste management and environmental challenges within and across the state.
He noted that LAWMA remained committed to ensuring proper waste management practices, within and outside Lagos State.
Gbadegesin added that Lagos was willing to support or partner other states in any area of waste management.
“I am happy to announce the partnership between LAWMA and Ekiti State Government, which will see us fabricate their waste bins at a reasonable cost.
“By fabricating waste bins in-house, we gain greater control over quality, production speed, and ultimately, cost-effectiveness.
“This allows us to not only ensure a steady supply of bins for Lagos, but also help us to extend our support to other states like Ekiti, which is currently a prime beneficiary of this initiative.
“LAWMA has assisted some states before now and we are willing to do more,” Gbadegesin said.
“The partnership with Ekiti State shows LAWMA’s proactive approach to environmental issues,” he said.
He added that the Ekiti project woulf serve as a pilot programme, paving the way for similar partnerships with other states.
“We believe that effective waste management is not just a Lagos issue, but a national concern.
“LAWMA’s door is open to any state seeking our assistance.
“We are offering our expertise to provide technical support, training, and even manpower, to help other states develop and implement efficient waste management systems,” Gbadegesin said.
Gbadegesin noted that LAWMA’s Engineering Department, known for its ingenuity and resourcefulness, had developed a robust and efficient waste bin fabrication process that utilised locally sourced materials to produce durable bins, for diverse waste management needs.
“LAWMA’s in-house bin fabrication initiative offers several advantages beyond cost-effectiveness and quality control.
“It fosters skill development and job creation within the agency, promotes local content utilisation, and reduces reliance on foreign imports.
“Hence, other states who are interested can get the bins at affordable rates,” Gbadegesin added.