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Lagos new strategy for managing wastes generated during construction, demolition

MD/CEO LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (m) with the panelists, DG LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke Osanyintolu (2nd right); Mr. Olugbenga Adebola (r); Engr. (Mrs.) Biola Oludaiye-Koshegbe (2nd left), and guest speaker, Dr. Wahab Akeem Bolaji (L), during a stakeholders forum on construction, demolition and disaster waste with the theme: ‘Creating Value Through Responsible Management of Construction & Demolition Waste in Lagos State’, organised by the Authority, at Oriental Hotel, VI, on Thursday, 5th December, 2019.
The Lagos State Government on
Thursday launched the Construction, Demolition and Disaster Waste (CDDW) of the
Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in a bid to eradicate wastes generated
during construction and demolition in the State.

Speaking at the CDDW Stakeholders’
Forum, with the theme, “Creating Values through responsible Management of
Construction and Demolition Waste in Lagos State,” held in Victoria
Island, Lagos, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji
Bello, said government had not stopped devising strategies towards value
creation and making life better for all, noting that disaster was an inevitable
natural occurrence.


MD/CEO LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (m) with the panelists, Mr. Olugbenga Adebola (2nd right); Mr. Erhabor Okogun (r); Engr. (Mrs.) Biola Oludaiye-Koshegbe (2nd left); and guest speaker, Dr. Wahab Akeem Bolaji, during a stakeholders forum on construction, demolition and disaster waste with theme: ‘Creating Value Through Responsible Management of Construction & Demolition Waste in Lagos State’, organized by the Authority, at Oriental Hotel, VI, on Thursday, 5th December, 2019.

According to Bello, the theme was
critical, timely and a calculated step as it was targeted at contributing
frontier approaches to construction and demolition waste management towards
safety, livability and sustainability of human race and the environment.

The commissioner, whose speech was
read by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of LAWMA, Dr.
Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said the management of CDDW had evolved over the years with
the introduction of various strategies with treatment options for re-use and recycling
of CDDW to guard it from constituting environmental nuisance.

“Now, LAWMA is taking up the
challenges to ensure efficient management of CDDW from cradle to grave in the
State. The Lagos State Government is quite aware that the degrees or choice of management
options deployed to waste is critical to climate change management, mitigation
and adaptation and so, the Lagos State Government is implementing this ‘green’
approach to waste management.

“All these efforts are being
concerted with due realisation that any omission or error that could be
recorded in the adoption of options should not create new challenges;
otherwise, the world eco-balance would be negatively affected. Whereas, we have
the privileged of exploring workable and adaptable options to effectively and
efficiently surmount and challenges.

“In line with this and the Zero
Waste Initiative of this Administration, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu launched the BLUE-BOX programme during the celebration of
his 100 days in office as part of his commitment towards achieving his
development agenda. We are here today to officially Launch the CDDW programme
of LAWMA and ensure that all stakeholders are well engaged along to own the
programme,” he said.

Speaking on the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda,
Bello said the state had continued to blaze the trail in innovative approaches
to effective management of the waste sector in line with the determination and
commitment to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment, saying that “we
have re-energized the solid waste management sector by promoting the concept of
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as a major thrust of waste management in the
state.”

Earlier in his opening address, LAWMA
CEO, Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said there had been several attempts in the past to
engage the stakeholders in the construction and demolition sector, with a view
to developing policies and strategies, as well as modalities that would create
a mutually beneficial relationship for effective management of CDDW in Lagos
State.

“Therefore it is with great
pleasure that our past efforts have yielded positive result and here we are
today, big players in the construction and demolition sector, poised to make a
change and set the pace for effective management of CDDW,” he said.

According to him, the forum was
expected to chat a new course into how CDDWs were managed efficiently and
effectively in Lagos State, stating that for several years, the solid waste
management had been centred around waste from households and that LAWMA, as a
responsible and responsive agency of government deemed it fit to address
construction, demolition and disaster waste for the benefit of all.

“These wastes arise from
construction and demolition activities which includes human and non-human
factors. It is practically impossible not to generate waste and the most
important thing is to understand what happen to these wastes afterwards. We at
LAWMA want to use this stakeholder’s forum to kick-start discussions around
Construction, Demolition & Disaster Waste management with the intent to
create policy directive for mutually beneficial partnership with other
stakeholders,” Gbadegesin added.

The objectives of the forum, he said,
were to provide a framework for moving towards a recycling society with a high
level of resource efficiency, analyzing and identifying business models in CDDW
recycling, identifying the necessary measures designed to achieve a minimum of
30% (by weight) recycling target by 2022 of non-hazardous CDDW excluding
naturally occurring materials; Increase confidence in the C&D waste
management process and facilitate transition towards a circular economy to
boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate
new jobs.

Others are: improved waste
identification, source separation and collection; improved waste logistics,
improved waste processing, quality management, appropriate policy and framework
conditions and generation of reliable C&D waste statistics across the
State.

Dr. Wahab Akeem Bolaji of Obafemi
Awolowo University, Ile Ife, made a paper presentation titled, “Creating
Values Through Responsible Management of Construction and Demolition Waste in
Lagos State, “highlighting the importance of making most of the inherent
values in CDDW.

Other paper presenters during the
event were Mr. Adebola Olugbenga, CEO Richbol Environmental Services Ltd, who
spoke on “Overview of CDDW Management in Nigeria (Focus on Lagos), while
Dr. Jumoke Kassim made a detailed presentation on “CDDW Management –
International Best Practice.”

High point of the event was a plenary
session, where the panelists, which included GM LABSCA, Engr. Mrs. Abiola
kosegbe, DG LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke- Osanyintolu discussed the topic,
“Construction, Demolition and Disaster Waste Management In Lagos –
Challenges, Opportunities, Environmental, Social and Public Health
Implications”.

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