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Cleaner Environment: Sanwo-Olu Launches Blue Boxes

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday launched the Blue Box for waste products.

The Blue Box Programme is a single stream recyclable collection programme that will encourage separation of recyclable materials from the general waste at the point of generation. Sanwo-Olu, stressed on the  huge population in Lagos , which have generated over 10,000 metric tonnes of waste daily, need to desist from the old method of waste deposite but adopt the Blue box method.

He said 50 percent of waste generated in the state could be recycled to generate income for the populace, as being done in several parts of the world, stressing that LAWMA was saddled with the task of driving a circular economy.Sanwo-Olu stated that the bulk of recyclable materials harvested by scavengers were contaminated and unable to pass quality test thereby denying recyclers value for material, stressing that this was what led to the Blue Box initiative, for waste sorting and recycling. 

The governor said the programme would kick-off on Saturday with two pilot schemes in Surulere and Victoria Island, as well as some designated estates in the state. While urging the PSP operators to key into the programme, he added that LAWMA had begun registration of recyclers for the programme, urging them to work with the Local Governments and Community Development Associations, CDAs for the success of the programme.

He noted further that the target of the programme was for the state to capture 50 percent of recyclable waste by 2021, as well as create green economy and income for the people.

In same vein , the honourable Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, noted that the programme was in pursuit of theadministration’s mantra of creating a cleaner Lagos, adding that in recent time,He disclosed that the governor mandated LAWMA to come up with the idea of the Blue Box Recycling Programme, that would encourage dropping trash into the appropriate boxes according to characterization, adding that the governor went a step further to facilitate production and donation of the bags being distributed.

“The Blue Box Programme is a single stream recyclable collection program that will encourage separation of recyclable materials from the general waste at the point of generation. We are all now aware that we must keep our waste in containers at home.

“Now, we are advising that we should have two containers- a black container for waste, and blue container for recyclables. To kick-off the Blue Box programme, we are distributing these color-coded recycling bags to each household through franchised recyclers for separation of recyclables. The bags would be collected on designated dates by the assigned recycler and transported to the sorting hubs within the area at designated days of the week.

“Respective recycling companies who are franchise holders, would come to pick up the boxes. Colour-coded bags will be distributed by recyclers and Environmental volunteer corps who will educate and encourage participation and also collate data on field.

“The collected recyclables will then be transported to the Community Recycling Centre in that area, for further sorting and sale to off-takers,” he explained.

Gbadegesin said as a way of encouraging compliance, LAWMA would promote the sorting culture with a reward system, saying that participatory households would accumulate coupons distributed by the franchisee which would be exchanged with several redeemable options, which included but not limited to reduction in amount paid for waste bills.

The LAWMA MD said the benefits of the programme included capturing about 50 percent of recyclables upstream with zero tolerance for scavenging by June 2021; attracting major investors, creating green jobs, re-orientating and re-integrating scavengers as resource managers at the Community Recycling centers.

Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, wife of the governor , noted that the Blue box programme would help deepen the culture of sorting during waste generation, adding that it would enhance zero waste initiative of the government, while charging women to key into the programme as waste sorting starts from the kitchen.

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ALERT: Panic buying in Lagos as fear of petrol pump price hike grips residents

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Lagosians this morning embarked on panic fuel buying as petrol stations across the metropolis become crowded with vehicles and people who want to buy the product in jerrycans.

This may not be unconnected with the Tuesday’s announcement by the the downstream subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, PPMC, which fixed the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, at N138.62 per litre

When asked why the panic buying, some motorists who spoke with GidiNews blamed on it on the inconsistency of the government over the fixing of petroleum pump price in recent time.

“We are not sure what could come up next and so, one has to prepare well for every eventuality that may occur. I am a businessman and I cannot afford to look on, while my investments are always affected by unpredictable government policies. I need to fill my tank, at least for the rest of the week and that is why I am here” A motorist told our correspondent in Ogba Ikeja.

A filling station along College Road, Ogba

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“We really don’t know how much petrol is consumed in Nigeria, daily” -NNPC

Agency says around 54 million litres of petroleum product are evacuated from the depot daily

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The agency responsible for petroleum matters in the country, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it does not have data about the volume of petroleum consumed in Nigeria,daily.

NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari dropped the shocker at an interactive hearing on “Exiting Petroleum Subsidy: Ensuring Self – Sufficiency in Domestic Refining of Petroleum Products”.

Mr. Kyari however said the agency has records of quantity being lifted from depots across the nation, adding that the price of fuel at the borders is higher than the official rate..

He said, “We don’t know how much petroleum we consume daily in this country but we know how much of the product that is taken out of our depot.

“This year, around 54 million litres of petroleum product are evacuated from the depot daily but the consumption is somewhere below that.

“NNPC has no knowledge of the amount of the product that are transported through Nigeria’s borders to neighbouring countries. It is impossible to know, nobody declares it, and therefore as it crosses, it goes.” He said

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Lagos Assembly goes tough on illegal dredgers, extends committee tenure

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By Joshua Timi

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, has approved two extra weeks to the 7-Man Ad Hoc Committee on dredging to allow it investigate deeply into the dredging activities in the State.

While disclosing to the House the reckless activities of the dredgers, Hon. Victor Akande, Chairman, 7-Man Ad Hoc Committee on dredging divulged that a lot of fraudulent conducts has been on-going.

“Many of these dredging companies do not pay revenues into the coffers of the state government and they go beyond the areas approved for their dredging activities even when they pay. This matter needs serious attention and the Committee would need two more weeks for adequate inspection into their conducts.” He said.

Hon. Rasheed Makinde said that the matter in question borders on human and environmental rights and despite the efforts of the state government to ensure that the waterfront and shores of the state are protected; the dredging companies are destroying aquatic, ecosystem and environmental system without any form of social benefit to the State.

In his contribution, Hon. Rotimi Olowo noted that as the Chairman, House Committee on Finance, it is pertinent to ensure that the revenue of the state is augmented by making sure the dredging companies pay their dues as at when due.

He also added that the Ad hoc Committee should be supported with security operatives when going on inspection visit to the dredging sites of the state.

Lending his voice to his colleagues’ submissions, Hon. Desmond Elliot, a member of the Committee noted that most of the channels have been blocked due to the irregular channelization of the areas.

Consequently, the Speaker directed the Clerk of the House to write a letter to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to give support to the Committee during their inspection of the dredging sites.

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