InformAfrica – In Nigeria, the Lagos State government’s waste management authority (LAWMA), is looking to create jobs for the youths by encouraging waste recycling. Lagos is the most populous state in Nigeria.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Ola Oresanya, the Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has said that wastes collected in the state would be recycled to create jobs.
Oresanya said this on Saturday at a one day sensitisation programme tagged: “Waste for Food Campaign’’, held at Teslim Balogun Stadium.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 3,000 children were present at the programme.
The objective of the Waste for Food Campaign is to integrate the children and corporate organisation into recycling process as part of their corporate social responsibility.
The campaign will encourage children and members of the public to sort waste from source and it will also educate communities to actively involve in segregating their waste.
“The burden of managing waste cannot be left for government alone,’’ he said.
Oresanya explained that each person generated an average of 0.5kilogram of waste daily, resulting to over 10,000 tonnes of waste the company collected per day.
He said that the stage had now come when wastes should be recycled, adding that the land-fills which they were dumped were fast filling up.
The managing director assured that LAWMA would reduce the volume of waste dumped at the land-fill sites and make the city cleaner.
NAN reports that LAWMA collaborated with a private company, the Tasty Fried Chicken, to educate the children on how to recycle waste to generate wealth.
Kalu Uchenna, a 13-year-old student of Agindingbi Junior Grammar School, who also won a roller bin at the ceremony, commended government for organising the programme.
He said that the youths needed such education as it would help them in the future.
“I am excited with the programme because it will develop the children mentally on how to keep our society tidy and reduce disease,’’ Uchenna said.
A 10 year-old LAWMA ambassador, Miss Angela Kosegbe, urged the youths to learn how to recycle waste to cut down on waste in the environment.
“I am happy with this progamme because it will make the youths to know that waste is very useful and it will also enable us know that waste is not waste until it is made a waste,’’ Kosegbe said. (NAN)