Waste Management: Minister Urges States To Emulate LASG


Minister for the Environment, Mr. John Odey, has called on state governments in the country to emulate the Lagos State government in the area of waste management and disposal.

Mrs. Toyin Agunla, a director in the ministry, who represented the minister at the fifth medical waste summit organised by the Lagos State Waste Management Authority gave this advice in Lagos.

“We commend LAWMA in making Lagos State not only  the cleanest city in the country, but among the mega cities in the whole world, and we beckon on other states in the country to emulate Lagos State and LAWMA,” the minister stated.

In his remarks at the occasion, Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, said the medical waste programme, just like PSP solid waste management, ”is a success story of Lagos economy of waste to wealth initiative.”

The governor urged everyone to intensify efforts towards increasing awareness and ensuring that all health sector workers and relevant agencies were involved in waste management procedure.

He called on health facilitators in the state to lead in ensuring proper disposal of clinical waste. This, he said, will ensure better healthcare as well as create jobs for hundreds of unemployed youths.

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The governor assured that recommendations at the summit will be adopted to ensure that the state remains at the forefront of best practices for healthcare waste management.

In his own speech, Dr. Muiz Banire, the state Commissioner for the Environment disclosed that the summit offered opportunities for the best approach to the management of medical waste and proper handling of medical waste.

Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ola Oresanya, said the annual programme ”is aimed at creating awareness on healthcare waste management through interactions, education and ensuring that everybody from healthcare facility owners, academia, students and facility operatives key into the campaign for safe healthcare waste management.”

LAWMA’s medical waste summit is an annual event on how best to manage medical waste.

—Paul Sanusi

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