In furtherance of the quest for a cleaner and healthier Lagos, the Lagos State Government on Wednesday sought the participation of the local communities as it Launched the model community recyclable management project.

Speaking during the launching at the headquarters of the Ifako Ijaiye Local Government, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr Omobolaji Gaji said the recycling initiative is one of the fulfillment of the present Administration’s THEMES Agenda serving as Environmental Sanitation Advocacy and Economic Empowerment Program for the people of Lagos.

He said the continuous increase in population with corresponding increase in generation of waste has necessitated the need for a paradigm shift in solid waste management in the State necessitating the establishment and promotion of effective recycling of all recyclables which has become inevitably the way to go.

Gaji represented by the Director Sanitation Services, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth said that the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in collaboration with Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government and Community Development Council (CDC) is committed to promoting the Community Recyclables management project in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government adding that the project will ensure the removal of used pet bottles and plastics from Ifako Ijaiye and its environs.

PIX 3352 L-R .HOD Environmental Health Office, Ifako-Ijaiye LCDA, Dr.Cyril Akiyele, Rep of Ifako Ijaiye LCDA Chairman and HOD Agric and Community Affairs, Mrs Mutiat Oyafunke, Rep of PS, Office of Environmental Services and Director Environmental Services,Dr Hassan Sanuth, Rep of Street Waste Company limited and recipient of Model Tricycle Plastic Waste collector in Ifako-Ijaiye LCDA , Ms Omoh Adekemi and Chairman CDC Ifako Ijaiye, Pastor Samuel Opajobi, during the presentation of tricycle plastic waste collector for Community recycle project in Ifako-Ijaiye LCDA, held on 22nd, March 2023, at Ifako-Ijaiye LCDA Secretariat.

The Permanent Secretary said the project in Ifako community entails the placement of eight steel mesh receptacles at strategic locations where citizens of the community are encouraged to drop off used PET bottles and containers adding that the launching at Ifako is the second as the pilot scheme located within the Complex of the Ministry in Alausa was launched in the year 2020.

PIX 3356 L-R .HOD Environmental Health Office, Ifako-Ijaiye LCDA, Dr.Cyril Akiyele, Rep of Ifako Ijaiye LCDA Chairman and HOD Agric and Community Affairs, Mrs Mutiat Oyafunke, Rep of PS Office of Environmental Services and Director Sanitation service, Dr Hassan Sanuth presenting a model tricycle to Ms Omo Adekemi

He mentioned that the gospel of waste sorting from the source, was gradually gaining ground as individual pickers of recyclable items have increased while recycling firms are continually springing up and final off-takers are getting busier with every one harvesting their income, along the waste management value- chain.

“it is important to note that the successful implementation of the project will result in a cleaner and healthier environment and the elimination of solid waste from drainages preventing clogging and flooding” He said.

In his welcome Address, the Chairman Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Hon. Usman Hamzat commended the State Government for finding the Local Government worthy to be the first to benefit from the community recyclables management project.

He pledged that the Local Government will ensure that advocacy is stepped up to ensuring a clean and healthy environment by introducing sustainable initiatives to meet the recycling and waste management needs of residents in the community.


Kunle Adeshina
Director (Public Affairs)

March 22nd 2023