The Lagos State Government held a stakeholders workshop to review the preliminary report on gaps and needs assessment for suggestions and recommendations towards moving the waste management process to circularity.
Speaking during the Stakeholders meeting held at the LCCI building, Alausa, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Omobolaji Tajudeen said the meeting was aimed at facilitating the implementation of prioritized high impact actions towards achieving the goals of the Lagos Climate Action Plan.
He stressed that it had been proved that Lagos generates over 13,000 tonnes per day of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) which amounts to over 4.5 TPA (Tonnes Per Day) with a high greenhouse gas emission rate.
He added that the amount of waste generated has demanded a concerted effort on the part of the state government and the citizens to effectively manage waste as well as convert and recycle these waste to other useful resources.
Gaji said the report of the gaps and needs assessment undertaken by an environmental consultant will be laid bare at the workshop for discussion and suggestions in order to improve the waste management system in the State.
“It is my expectation that this assessment will assist the State Government to successfully achieve a diversion of organic waste from landfill, create jobs from recyclables and also reduce the Greenhouse gas emission from the current 25% to lower percentage ratio,” He said.
While thanking partners from C40 Cities for facilitation of technical assistance through the Climate Action Implementation (CAI) Africa Programme, Gaji said the initiative would come handy in developing the states capacity to effectively implement the Lagos Climate Action Plan.
He urged all participants to actively share their insights and experiences adding that it was only through collaborative effort that innovative solutions to address the gaps in our waste management system can be achieved.