The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has partnered West Africa ENRG, an environmental services company, for a thorough cleanup of heaps of refuse in black spots along the Lagos Badagry expressway, stretching 19 kilometres, from Mile 2 to Iyana Iba.
A statement by the Authority’s Director, Public Affairs, Mrs Folashade Kadiri, quoted the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, as saying that the exercise would last for about three weeks, and will involve deep cleaning of the expressway, with particular focus on service lanes, dedicated bus lanes, tolled lanes, intersections, medians, and kerbs.
He said the move was meant to put a permanent stop to the menace of highway littering and indiscriminate dumping of waste along that corridor, adding that the agency would also focus on the sustainability of the work done.
Odumboni said, “The task of keeping Lagos clean is a collective responsibility and we are glad today to partner with West Africa ENRG, for the cleanup of the Lagos Badagry expressway, stretching from Mile 2 to Iyana Iba, which has experienced an upsurge of black spots, due to the activities of miscreants engaging in indiscriminate waste dumping”.
“We have a sustainability plan in place to ensure that the waste evacuated from such places as service lanes, dedicated bus lanes, tolled lanes, intersections, medians, and kerbs, etc, do not return after some time. This is because, sustaining the work done, is as important as starting it”, he stated.
Speaking further, he said that LAWMA remained totally committed to entrenching effective sanitation across all parts of the state, in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda of Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, targeted at ensuring environmental cleanliness and sustainability.
Recall that the agency recently promised to tackle headlong the upsurge of black spots across the metropolis, especially on the Lagos Badagry expressway axis, and to ensure that the sanitation work done was sustained, by moving LAWMA police to monitor the cleared areas.
The LAWMA helmsman also urged residents to shun the act of patronising cart-pushers and all forms of improper waste disposal, during the forthcoming Christmas and New Year festivities, especially on road medians, canals and uncompleted buildings, saying that such condemnable act led to the spread of infectious diseases, as well as causing various environmental hazards, like flooding.
He implored residents to patronise assigned PSP operators, for prompt evacuation of their waste, and call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020/617, for inquiries and complaints on waste management issues in their areas.
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.