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Lagos, UK institute partner on waste management certification

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Lagos State Government through its waste management authority (LAWMA) and a United Kingdom (UK) institute, Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWN), have signed a partnership agreement to jointly train and issue professional certificates to residents after acquiring the required knowledge.

This partnership between both parties was basically to assist in the transfer of knowledge on the management of waste generated across the state and issue certificates to anyone that had undergone the training towards becoming a perfect waste manager in the country.

As gathered, the partnership was a product of the existing collaboration between LAWMA Academy and SafeEnviro, an environmental consulting firm, based in London.

Speaking on the partnership, Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Ibrahim Odumboni, stated that that the development would create an opportunity for interested persons, to run professional certification courses in waste management and related disciplines.

According to him, the partnership was approved by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as a measure to boost Nigerians knowledge on waste disposal and other forms of management across the state.

Addressing pressmen at LAWMA headquarters in Ijora axis, he said, “It is gratifying for the Agency to have this partnership at this time approved by the Governor, to open up opportunities for individual scholarship, as well as investment opportunities and wealth creation in waste management to add value to the waste management sector of Lagos State”.

Odunboni noted this would also instill best practices in waste management, which would ultimately bring forth cleaner environment that will guarantee good health and promote environmental sustainability, adding that interested persons can run their courses and become chartered.

Odumboni stated further that the collaboration between LAWMA Academy and SafeEnviro UK would help build change agents for a sustainable environment in the state and beyond, urging residents to take advantage of this and be certified, as certificates would be issued at the end of the course.

He called on those interested in relevant courses to visit LAWMA Academy’s website,, for registration and inquiries, adding that while most of the courses are free, others attract fees.

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