Toyin Oshaniwa, Executive Director of Nature Cares Resource Centre has called on the incoming administration in Lagos State to review the “Environmental Management and Protection Law” which has affected waste management in Lagos.
The call was made during a two-day program on LACSOP Citizens Priorities and Solutions Engagement with the Lagos State Governor Elect Stakeholders Meeting. The focus of the meeting is to provide citizens solutions and how the Civil Society Groups can support the incoming administration in Lagos on citizens’ needs.
Oshaniwa explained that “the environmental management and protection law which has limited the power of LAWMA should be reviewed; the law should strengthen Lagos Waste Management Agency, LAWMA and scale up the existing PSP models in the state.”
He added that if the law is not reviewed, the error in waste management would continue. He buttressed that some environmental deficiencies which include; Climate Change, Flood, Wetland Protection amongst others should be captured in the law.
The environmentalist also called for a gradual phase out of plastic bags contrary to its outright ban. He stressed that declaring an outright ban on plastic bottles and bags would have economic implications on the manufacturers adding that it is also a raw material.
Oshaniwa also urged the Lagos State government to drive a climate resilient system.
On his part, Founder, IBILE Foundation, Henry Balogun, believed that to tackle the challenges of waste management in Lagos, “we need to address the issues from the current realities of today. We could either harmonize or go back to the former process where LAWMA and PSPs were functional in Lagos.”
Balogun opined that Nigeria can take a cue from other countries that have banned the use of plastic bags as a way to curb the ripple effects of plastic bottles and bags on the environment.
Speaking on Inclusion, Dr. Bukoka Adebayo, a development expert, recommended that Lagos State Civil Society Partnership, LACSOP which is an umbrella body of CSOs in Lagos State should give technical support to the incoming administration to help achieve inclusion regarding women, youths and people living with disability.
On achieving inclusion in education, Dr Adebayo recommended “training of regular and special teachers in contemporary skills in inclusive education; Provision of essential assistive learning aids, technologies and mobility aids; Provision of accessible textbooks; Provision of physical accessibility ramps, toilets, etc; as well as Provision of buses to support transport of disabled children to and from school.”