In commemoration of the 2021 World Clean-up Day, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has evacuated over 75,000 plastic bottles from a Ilashe beach in Lagos.
The evacuation was undertaken by Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FIBRA), an umbrella body for about 20 food and beverage manufacturing companies along the five-kilometre Ilashe/Ibeshe beach area on the outskirts of Lagos.
Others were Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Lagos Ferry Service, among others.
The annual global social action programme tagged “World Clean-Up Day” celebrated every September 18, aimed at combating the global solid waste problem, including the problem of marine debris.
According to the Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, while speaking at the event, his agency was using the opportunity of the World Clean-up Day to open up the entire Ilashe Island shoreline to proper cleanup.
Mr Odumboni urged residents and beach users to come together and make a difference by leaving an enduring legacy of a people-friendly environment for improved living and economic prosperity.
“The idea of the World Clean-up Day came up in 2018 when nearly two million volunteers, across individuals, corporate bodies, NGOs and government organizations, came together for massive clean-up activities in major cities across the world.
“We are setting the pace here in Ilashe Island of Lagos for our country. So, I enjoin all residents to sustain this effort.”
He noted that LAWMA will not leave any stone unturned in a determined effort to rid Lagos State of all forms of solid waste.
Mr Odumboni added that “Our Marine Unit is effectively evacuating marine debris around the Lagos waterways and we will continue to increase the scope of our activities.”
Also speaking, the President of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAN), Mr David Oriyomi, noted that it was important to educate residents of the aquatic environment on the effects of dumping rubbish into the water.
Mr Oriyomi said that the fishes feed on that rubbish while human beings fed on the fishes which was very dangerous to human health.
In his remark, the Chairman of Lagos Recyclers Association, Mr Femi Idowu, noted that what people see as trash, was actually money, suggesting that people should see the economic value in waste materials.