The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and its sister agency Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK,), have collaborated to use pet bottles and discarded old tyres, to build lovely eco-friendly Christmas trees, demonstrating to residents that waste materials could be used to creatively improve the aesthetics of the environment.
A press statement signed by the Authority’s Director of Public Affairs, Mrs Folashade Kadiri, quoted the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, as saying that the Authority has chosen to promote the recycling initiative, by building the Christmas trees from recyclable items.
He said, “We partnered LASPARK on the initiative to practise what we preach, by creating Christmas trees whose main materials are sourced from recyclables, and by so doing, teach residents in the state the importance of engaging in recycling, especially during this festive season”.
Speaking further, Odumboni noted that over 12,000 plastic bottles and 60 tyres of various sizes, were used in the process of producing the Yuletide trees, adding that the materials, if not used for the purpose would have become environmental nuisance.
He said the eco-friendly Christmas trees, created by the Foundation for a Better Environment (F.A.B.E), on behalf of both LAWMA and LASPARK, were strategically positioned at the Johnson-Jakande-Tinubu (JJT) Park; Alausa Secretariat setback; LAWMA Head Office garden, Ijora; Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (opposite 7up) and Allen Avenue Traffic Intersection, Ikeja.
Speaking on the Authority’s plans for the festive season, the LAWMA boss also reiterated their readiness to provide effective waste management services during and after the Christmas and New Year festivities, adding that PSP operators have been mandated to provide quality services to all tenements, even as the agency would also be on ground to provide back-up services.
To ensure that all parts of the metropolis received needed attention, during and after the festive period, he disclosed that the agency had been divided into operational districts, making it easier for waste collection and turn around time to be increased.
He urged the populace to bag and containerise their wastes, and shun acts of indiscriminate waste disposal, capable of defacing the environment, blocking drainage channels, and exposing their surroundings to various hazards.
While wishing residents a merry Christmas and prosperous New year in advance, the LAWMA helmsman enjoined residents to patronise only assigned PSP operators and call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617, for backup service.
Coup: ECOWAS Suspends Burkina Faso
The West African bloc Economic Community of West African States has suspended Burkina Faso from its governing board on Friday.
This is coming as an aftermath of mutinous soldiers who forced democratically elected President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to resign.
This makes Burkina Faso the third member nation after Mali and Guinea to be punished for a military takeover in only 18 months.
On Monday, the soldiers went on state television to announce their military takeover of the country, which they said was under siege from armed groups. The military rulers said Kabore failed to stop the violence that led to the death of thousands of their citizens.
At the meeting where African leaders met virtually on Friday to discuss the Burkina Faso coup, it was stated that a delegation was expected to travel to the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, in the coming days.
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the current ECOWAS chairman, called the recent spate of coups in West Africa “a direct violation of our democratic tenets. The rest of the world is looking up to us to be firm on this matter.”
The leaders are scheduled to meet next on February 3 in Accra, Ghana.
Akeredolu Appoints Amotekun Commander, Adeleye, As Special Adviser on Security Matters
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, has approved the appointment of Chief Adetunji Adeleye as Special Adviser on Security Matters.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Richard Olatunde, noted that the appointment takes immediate effect.
Chief Adeleye, who until the new appointment, was the Commander of the Ondo State Security Network (Amotekun Corps), will however, continue to function in that capacity.
The appointment, the statement noted, is part of the efforts of the Governor Akeredolu to further strengthen the security arrangements of the state, and improve the working relationship between government and security agencies in the state.
While congratulating the new appointee, Akeredolu charged him to double efforts in the fight against crime and criminal elements in the state.
Olashore School Inaugurates Panel As Ex-Student Accuses Management of Complicity, Cover-Up
The Trustees of Olashore International School Association – Proprietor of Olashore International School (OIS), a private co-educational boarding secondary school in Iloko-Ijesha, Osun State, has inaugurated a Five-member panel of inquiry into an alleged sexual assault claim by an ex-student of Olashore International School Obiamaka Azubuike.
Ms. Azubuike had in December 2021 via a social media post alleged that she was 18 years ago sexually assaulted by 13 of her fellow students in the school. Azubuike who was a student of the school between September 1998 and July 2004 also in her allegation claimed that the school tried to cover up the incident when the case was reported to the school’s management and striped her of her prefectship.
The Five-man panel of inquiry is composed of the following members:
1)Justice Olusola Williams Rtd – Retired Judge of the Lagos High Court and serves on the Board of Mirabel Centre – Chairperson
2)Dr Alero Roberts – Lecturer, Public Health Consultant and serves on the Board of Corona Trust Council
3)Mrs Adeyinka Adefope – Educationist and Safeguarding Consultant
4)Dr Sade Olajubu – Forensic Psychiatrist
5) Mr Ebuka Ekeanyanwu – Legal Practitioner
The ex-student in her claims among other reliefs is demanding that;
• The school makes a publicly apology to her in print and on social media.
• Reinstate the records to show that she was a school prefect in the school and also grant a zoom ceremony where she will be awarded the honors she allegedly earned.
According to a statement issued by Mrs Olapeju Sofowora, Chairperson, Olashore International School Association, the panel which was inaugurated by the Association’s Board of Trustees is charged to examine what truly transpired 18 years ago and make recommendations as considered fit.
The panel is expected to commence sitting immediately and conclude their inquiry within 8 weeks.