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Lagos and Ghanaian Firm Collaborate to Revolutionize Waste Management

By Grace Chigbu


In a bid to tackle the escalating waste management challenges in Lagos State, the Lagos government has inked a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Jospong Group of Companies based in Ghana. The agreement, signed on Monday, February 26, marks a pivotal moment in the city’s efforts towards sustainable waste management.


Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, and Joseph Agyepong, the Chief Executive Officer of Jospong Group, sealed the deal, ushering in a new era of cooperation aimed at transforming waste management practices in Lagos.


The cornerstone of the MoU involves the establishment of a material recovery facility, designed to alleviate pressure on landfills by reducing waste disposal volume. Additionally, plans are underway to introduce Compact/Mobile Transfer loading stations to replace existing stationary plants, thereby targeting waste accumulation at critical points such as markets.


Wahab emphasized the significance of the partnership, stating, “We are not just signing a document; we are inaugurating a partnership that embodies our shared vision for a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable Lagos.” He underscored the urgency of addressing the mounting waste challenges faced by the rapidly growing megacity, highlighting the need for innovative and sustainable solutions.


The collaboration with Jospong Group, renowned for its expertise in environmental and waste management services across Africa, signifies a significant stride towards enhancing the quality of life for all Lagosians. Together, the partners are poised to develop integrated waste management facilities leveraging technology, advocacy, enforcement, and promoting circular economy innovations.


Joseph Agyepong echoed Wahab’s sentiments, emphasizing the critical role of environmental sanitation in public health, as outlined in Sustainable Development Goal 6. He pledged support to upstream waste collectors, outlining plans to equip them with necessary tools for enhanced efficiency.


Dr. Tajudeen Gaji, Permanent Secretary of the Office of Environmental Services, expressed optimism about the transformative impact of the collaboration, envisioning a cleaner and healthier Lagos in the near future.


The signing ceremony, graced by key officials including Commissioners for Justice and Finance, underscored the collective commitment towards building a sustainable future for Lagos through effective waste management strategies.



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