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• 4,083 arrested for environmental infractions, tasks residents on attitudinal changes
Following a 300 per cent increase on its operational cost, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in collaboration with Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators has planned a 50 per cent review of waste management bills across board.

   
Similarly, the state government has approved additional subsidies to the PSP to re-energise their operational capacities.
   
The Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the activities of the agency from January 2022 till date,  said the  review followed the astronomical cost of  diesel, spare parts and  overhead cost involved in waste evacuation.
   
He said from September 1, there will be an extensive and consultative review of the tariffs to meet the rising cost of operations, while new prices will commence on October1.
   
According to him, PSP operators and residents’ associations will be allowed to fix the new tariff for domestic waste, since its management is dependent on lifestyles of individual tenement.
   
Odumboni decried poor attitude to waste management, heavy rains and particularly cost of diesel as major challenges facing their operations, leading to return of refuge heaps across the state.

     
The LAWMA boss also explained the arrest of 4,083 residents for different environmental infractions within the year.
   
According to him, 83 of those arrested were jailed, 1,000 sentenced to community service, while 3,000 paid fines of different category.
   
To avoid further infractions, Odumboni, said the state has started adopt-a-bin campaign  and will start prosecution of tenements without bins from October 1.
According to him, residents are allowed to have minimum of  a 24-litre bin per tenement.  On plans to meet up with changing demands such as rising costs and the demand of clean energy, Odumboni said that the agency had begun processes of dual fuel systems for trucks.
   
According to him, two trucks have already been converted to dual fuel systems, 50 per cent diesel and 50 per cent gas for efficiency.

   
The LAWMA boss said in the near future, the agency intends to operate a two-bin system, whereas one bin would be for recyclables and the other for organic waste.
   
He said: “We are trying to ensure that we are not introducing any change that will automatically disenfranchise people and cause the menace of waste in our immediate society.
 
“PSP, CDA/CDC and LAWMA will take part in the review process, we want to appeal to tenements, the quicker we resolve this the better it will be for us in terms of the percentage increase.
 
“In some cases, it might be less than that because waste is dependent on your individual lifestyles.    
“In his remarks,  Chairman of the PSP operators and president of Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), Mr. David Oriyomi, said the unstable exchange rate and rising diesel price had informed the high cost of operation.  He assured of improved waste evacuation with the support of the state government.”

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