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Why Lagos needs an Integrated Waste Management Solution (2)

In the concluding part of the Proshare WebTV interview with Mr Idowu Salawu an Environmentalist who has consulted for the Federal and State Governments, he shared further insight into the value of an “Integrated Lagos Waste Management Solution”.

He asserted that the Lagos government should study the waste patterns, disposal system and waste transportation system with a view to developing what works best for the State.

Speaking on the  Olusosun Dumpsite which has been closed down by the Lagos government, he said the site had outlived its purpose. Salawu  however noted that reclamation of the site was key  considering the role Olusosun has played for over 3 decades.

With the recent fire outbreak at the dumpsite,  Mr. Idowu established the fact that areas around Olusosun like Ojota, Ikosi, Oregun, Magodo, Omole, Shangisha and Ketu were exposed to health hazards.

Views of the areas around Olusosun dumpsite, showed that even a week after the fire incident thick billows of smokes were still permeating the skies causing massive air pollution.

Giving his assessment of the Olusosun site, Salawu  shared that it was a massive land of 41 acres size that could be converted to a viable and resourceful energy city. This he believed will aid the lighting of the streets of Lagos, providing an alternative energy source to the State.

He advocated a “waste to energy” solution at Olusosun site, while suggesting the development of robust dumpsites in the State, that have proximity to the waste generation points.

Mr. Idowu stressed that a sustainable environment was vital to human existence. “We need the environment because it is in the environment we build our sky scrapers, ride our cars, drink our water, and is our livelihood”. he said.

Salawu also warned that if the environment was not well taken care of, through a systemic waste management process it will have adverse effects on the city.

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About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.