The new Chairman of Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM), Mr David Oriyomi, says his executive team will complete the work of restoring the lost glory of Lagos and take the state to greater heights.
Speaking shortly after the inauguration of the new executives in Lagos, Oriyomi pledged that the new team would boost the cleanliness of Lagos State.
”Today, we took our oath amidst high expectation for us to deliver a clean and healthy environment. We are confident that we have done it before and we will do it again.
”Our strategic objectives are to consolidate on our victory and create an enabling environment for the growth of our members.
”We will professionalise the industry, build a formidable association that is internationally recognised and pursue national spread of the association.
”We need to hit the ground running. We are mindful of the fact that there are pressing issues that require our urgent attention,” he said.
He said that pressing issues that required urgent attention included the management of the commercial waste collection and the long outstanding debts relating to Visionscape and commercial waste collection..
”Today, I say to you that the challenges we face are real, serious and many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time, but know this, they will be met.
”For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of our industry calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act –not only to clean the state, but to lay a new foundation for growth.
”We will leverage on our numbers to enjoy the benefit of economic of scale, we will partner with other organisations to implement international best practices in our industry.
“We will promote dignity of labour and improve the health and safety of our staff,” Oriyomi said.
Spokesperson of AWAM, Olugbenga Adebola, said the new executives were to continue with what the association had started with Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Sanwo-Olu.
Adebola said that the executives would ensure that the governor’s vision for waste management in Lagos was further actualised.
”We will intensify effective and efficient waste collection from house to house, because that is the way forward,” he said.