The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) are working hand in hand to secure a permanent solution to the waste management issues bedevilling Apapa area of Lagos State.
Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, the Executive Director of LAWMA, revealed this on Thursday during a cleanup held by the APM Terminals in Lagos.
The director advised residents to change their attitude towards the environment.
He stressed that the only way to eradicate indiscriminate waste dumping in the area was for residents to get accustomed to putting their waste in a bag before properly disposing it.
Odumboni expressed happiness that stakeholders in the Apapa area had made commitments towards tackling the menace.
He issued a LAWMA toll-free line, 07080601020, which the residents could call to notify the agency of any shortcomings in their area.
While reacting, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olotu, the NPA Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex, said Apapa must never lose its rich heritage for anything.
She praised all companies who took part in cleaning up the environment in Apapa while stating that sustainability was the next phase.
Mr. Martins Jacob, the Managing Director, APM Terminal, revealed that the firm in its environmental campaign had visited Ogogoro village where it cleared and removed plastic wastes from the shoreline.
Mr. Owolabi Adele, the Chairman of Apapa Local Government, lauded APM Terminal for its efforts while calling on them to continue in that vein.
The council boss appealed to the firm to aid the council through proper sensitisation of its truck drivers and motor boys in a bid to check the environmental menace.
“As I am talking to you right now, we have spent over N40 million in clearing drainage in Apapa metropolis.
“I am appealing to other stakeholders to follow the footstep of what APM Terminal has done; APM Terminal should do more,” Adele stated.