Waste managers, LAWMA call for strict enforcement of environmental laws

Fadekemi Ajakaiye

The Lagos State government has been asked to enforce the state environmental laws so that there is an effective waste management system.

This call was made during a stakeholder engagement on the Public Health Act 2015 and Environmental Protection Act 2017, organized by the Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), in collaboration with the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN).

AWAMN President, Mr. David Oluwasegun Oriyomi, said enforcement of environmental laws was very important to ensure compliance by the general public.

According to Oriyomi, “We are here to discuss visions on improving the adjustment of environmental laws in Lagos State. It is clear that there can be no effective waste management system without proper enforcement. of our environmental laws.

“There needs to be an efficient enforcement system in place that will ensure prompt payment. Otherwise, the whole system will eventually collapse as the waste operators will not have the necessary cash to carry out their operations, and the environment will be worse for it.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Environment in the Lagos State Legislative Assembly, Hon. Olusola Desmond Elliot, hailed the initiative behind the rally, noting that the state parliament would continue to enact laws to ensure the environmental protection of Lagos State.

“One of the factors affecting the effective implementation and enforcement of environmental law is the executive, the reason being that in the Lagos State Legislative Assembly, we have done all that we could to bring down all the various laws that exist. today in a single law.

“That’s why we have the Environment Act. So you find out that all the different parastatals and agencies have all been consolidated into one law. It was adopted and signed.

“So it’s not the law that’s the problem, it’s the enforcement of the law, which is why a gathering like this has become very imperative. Are we here to listen to know if there will be an amendment law to effectively enforce these environmental laws in Lagos state? I will be there to listen. Hopefully we will also get a memorandum, so that we can see how as a state assembly, we can make the law even better.