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No going back on mandatory waste bin from Oct. 1 – LAWMA

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The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has given every household in the state until Oct. 1, 2022 to have a waste bin or face prosecution.

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Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, gave the directive on Friday in Lagos during the third anniversary of Lagos Recycling Initiative (LRI).

Odumboni reiterated that every household in Lagos must have a waste bin by Oct. 1 or risk prosecution.

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He added that by May 2023 the value of plastics per kilogramme would rise to N250.

Odumboni said that the Lagos State Government was deliberate in its vision to launch a modern recycling plan for the state.

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According to him, when the initiative was launched in September 2019 many did not believe in the vision.

Odumboni said that three years down the line, that vision had now attracted many investors in the waste value chain, turning waste to wealth.

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He expressed gratitude to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who keyed into the vision of reducing the landfills through the recycling initiative even before he was sworn in as governor.

Odumboni said that after the launch of the blue box bin in September 2019, a new philosophy of waste management was ushered into the state which is gradually attracting many investors.

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He said that the authority went to town with the gospel of waste separation and sorting at the source.

He said that the initiative had given birth to the Lagos Recyclers Association which had over 100 members and created about 12,500 jobs in the waste value chain.

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Earlier, the Executive Director of Finance, LAWMA, Mr Adekunle Adebiyi, in his welcome address, said that Lagos as a whole generated an estimated volume of 13,000 metric tonnes of waste daily.

Adebiyi said that the daily influx of people from other states in search of greener pastures resulted in high volume of waste generation with plastics accounting for about 17 per cent.

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“Indiscriminate and incessant littering of the environment with plastics have resulted in blockage of waterways and drainages, which sometimes result in flooding, destroying properties and affecting lives.

“Most times, plastic waste ends up in the ocean, polluting it, threatening ecosystems, killing biodiversity, and poisoning the food chain.

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“If this trend continues, life and livelihood would be in jeopardy and all the dumpsites will run out of space in less than five years time.

“Hence, the need to create value from waste through reuse, reduction and recycling so that we can decrease the volume of waste that goes to the dump site.

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“In the recent time, the narrative is changing and moving from straight line economy to circular economy where waste is seen as a resource in line with global practice,” Odebiyi said.

In his goodwill message, Dr Femi Idowu-Adegoke, the President, Lagos Recyclers Association, said that the Lagos recycling initiative has experienced huge growth.

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Idowu-Adegoke said that waste sorting protects water bodies and inhabitants and helped to reduce carbon footprint.

He congratulated the Lagos State Government and LAWMA for taking recycling in the state seriously, which he said was in tandem with global best practices.

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The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the event was graced by stakeholders in the waste management value chain.

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NDLEA sets ablaze 1.8 tons of cocaine as Marwa promises drug cartels tough time +photos

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Tougher time awaits drug barons and cartels operating in Nigeria if they fail to back out of their criminal trade and embrace legitimate ventures. Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) gave the assurance on Tuesday 27th September 2022 while leading stakeholders to witness the crushing and setting ablaze 1.8 tons of cocaine recovered by the Agency from a warehouse in Ikorodu area of Lagos last week.
The NDLEA had in a well-coordinated and intelligence led operation that lasted two days last week stormed a hidden warehouse at 6 Olukunola street, Solebo estate Ikorodu where 1.8 tons of cocaine were recovered and five suspects including a Jamaican were arrested. Following the historical seizure, which is the largest in the Agency’s history, an order of the Federal High Court in Lagos was obtained for the public destruction of the consignment.
Speaking at the venue of the public destruction in Badagry area of Lagos Tuesday, Gen. Marwa who was represented by the Agency’s Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, Deputy Commander General of Narcotics, DCGN Sunday Joseph, said the sheer volume of the drug haul, with street value put at two hundred and seventy-eight million, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($278, 250,000), equivalent to one hundred and ninety-four billion, seven hundred and seventy-five million (N194, 775,000,000) naira, speaks volume about the extent of the nefarious activities of the drug underworld. He said this has made it imperative for Nigerians to continue to support NDLEA in the renewed war against illicit drugs.
He said out of the 1.8-ton seizure, 1, 828 blocks of the cocaine will be crushed and set ablaze while the remnant will be secured for purpose of prosecution of the suspects who were brought to witness the procedure and sign the certificate of destruction. According to the NDLEA boss, “the Agency is proceeding with the prosecution of those arrested in connection with this consignment. On this, the public can rest assured that NDLEA shall pursue the trial to a logical conclusion. Since January 25, 2021, when we commenced our offensive action against drug traffickers, the Agency has secured record convictions. Presently, 2, 904 drug offenders are serving various jail terms, while other cases are ongoing in court, which we are confident will end in positive results too.”
To the drug underworld, he said “the bust of the syndicate responsible for the cocaine warehoused in Ikorodu is a message to drug cartels that their investments in the illicit drug trade will go up in flames as you are about to witness while they also risk losing their freedom because the present NDLEA is committed to arresting, prosecuting and ensuring the conviction of those involved in illicit drugs. That is not all, we now also go after their assets acquired with the proceeds of the criminal trade.”
Marwa said the fact that the Ikorodu operation was conducted clinically without any skirmish or bloodshed is further testimony to the evolution of the NDLEA and its new capabilities, and a pointer to the fact that the game has changed in the war against illicit drugs.
He expressed appreciation to the Agency’s international partners, especially the American Drug Enforcement Administration (US-DEA) that supported the cocaine syndicate bust and the Nigerian military that provided additional firepower during the operation, as well as other law enforcement agencies that have been supporting efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs.
While soliciting for more support for the Agency’s work, Marwa said “the safety of our society is the responsibility of every one of us and every citizen shall be fulfilling his or her civic duty by assisting the Agency to clean up our communities and cities by joining our War Against Drug Abuse (WADA)”, adding that “together, we can make this country secure.”

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Femi Babafemi
Director, Media & Advocacy
NDLEA Headquarters Abuja
Tuesday 27th September 2022

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Just In: Unidentified Gunmen Attack Military Checkpoint In Enugu, Kill 2

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Two people are feared dead in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria, following an attack, Tuesday morning, September 26, 2022, by unknown gunmen.

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It was gathered that the gunmen attacked a military checkpoint at Obeagu-Amodu road in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Naijablitznews reports that this is not the first time gunmen were attacking security agencies along that axis. The frequent attacks led to the deployment of the combined team of security operatives.

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However, it was gathered that the unknown gunmen stormed the area again in two Lexus Jeeps and one Toyota Sienna bus around 7:25 a.m. The gunmen reportedly opened fire at the combined team of the Police and the military.

Although the casualty figure is still unclear, a source said at least two persons died in the military checkpoint attack, but the Enugu Police Command is yet to issue a statement on the reported attack.

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Diri Defends Deputy on Allegation of Disloyalty, Denies Rift With Former Gov Dickson

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Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa has dismissed allegations that his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, is disloyal.

The governor, in a statement issued by his aide, Dr Kola Oredipe, also denied any rift with his predecessor, Sen. Seriake Dickson.

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Diri reaffirmed that he has implicit confidence in Ewhrudjakpo, describing him as a worthy partner in the governance of the state.

A group in the Bayelsa Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Bayelsa Progressive Vanguard (BPV), had on Sunday decried the activities of the deputy governor.

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The group had alleged that Ewhrudjakpo was working against the interest of the governor.

In a statement signed by its leader, Erepadei Ebiowei, the BPV said it had observed with dismay that most of the actions of Ewhrujakpor were unbecoming of a deputy governor.

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The group alleged that the deputy governor was running a parallel administration within the government despite the latitude he enjoyed from the governor.

It also accused Ewhrujakpor of hobnobbing and meeting with aggrieved members within the ruling party and opposition party candidates of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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The group called on the leadership of the PDP in the state and at the national level to probe the deputy governor.

According to the BPV, if unchecked, the deputy governor will constitute the greatest threat to the fortunes of the party in the 2023 elections. (NAN)

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