Lagos Begins Waste Characterization

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The Lagos State Government is set to embark on improved waste characterization in its bid to ensure cleaner and safer environment.

Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, disclosed this at a four-day workshop on Theory of Constraints for Waste Characterization Study in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, at the weekend.

The resource persons at the workshop were the Chairman, AT-Association, Mr. Dreter Stainbach and the Chief Executive Officer, TOCE Consulting, Mr. Barry Urban.

Bello said the workshop was a step in the right direction as it served as a foundation for the eventual implementation of the state policy on waste characterization.

He said it was necessary for the state government to encourage its citizens to start sorting their waste from source as this would help create jobs.

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The commissioner thanked the German facilitators, saying that the workshop was a sign of cementation between the government of Lagos State and Germany.

He stressed that the state government valued training and retraining of its people, adding that “what we value in Lagos is not the infrastructure, building, transfer loading station and the rest, it is the people that we value, that is why we will continue to excel. We can never stop learning, we can learn from anywhere.”

Bello encouraged participants to put the knowledge they gained to use, adding that the state government would continue to improve and drive the waste policy of the state.

The workshop ended with participants’ tour of selected waste management facilities in the state including Oshodi Transfer Loading Station, Olusosun Landfill site and Earth Care Nigeria Limited.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga