LAWMA and OCCE Collaborate to Tackle Climate Change Challenges
By Egbodo Queen
The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and the Lagos Office of Climate Change and Circular Economy (OCCE) have unveiled their strategic plans to integrate circular economy principles and advocacy as genuine initiatives aimed at mitigating the growing threat of climate change in the state.
In an official statement, the collaborative effort acknowledges climate change as a formidable challenge impacting both the public and the economy of Lagos State.
During a meeting between representatives of LAWMA and OCCE, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director of LAWMA, emphasized the urgency of addressing the escalating impact of climate change on the environment and the state’s economy through a comprehensive approach.
Dr. Gbadegesin highlighted diffusion as a justifiable strategy in addressing the complex issue of climate change, underscoring the scientific nature of the challenge.
He urged stakeholders to explore practical solutions, citing the circular economy as a hands-on approach to simplifying the intricate problem.
Emphasizing that LAWMA’s programs aim to raise awareness and provide education, Gbadegesin stressed the importance of proactive measures in tackling climate change.
In attendance at the event, Titi Oshodi, the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Climate Change and Circular Economy, expressed gratitude to the LAWMA team for their collaborative efforts.
She outlined the OCCE’s commitment to collaborating with various stakeholders in the climate and circular economy ecosystem to align with the governor’s vision of achieving a zero-carbon Lagos by 2050.
Oshodi emphasized the collective responsibility in addressing the imminent danger posed by climate change. She stated, “The threat that climate change poses to all of us is evidence that no single individual or institution can resolve the challenge alone. To confront this shared challenge, we must work together. This collaboration reflects our commitment to uniting against a common environmental adversary.”
Identifying energy, waste, and transportation as the dominant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in Lagos, Oshodi outlined plans to engage with stakeholders within these sectors.
The goal is to drive advocacy and explore economic opportunities that align with the state’s sustainability objectives.
This collaborative initiative signifies a collective and proactive approach to addressing the complex challenges posed by climate change in Lagos State.