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General News of Wednesday, 24 November 2021


We’ve created 41,000 jobs through waste management - Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that no fewer than 41, 000 jobs have been created through waste management practices in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said this on Tuesday during the Nordic-Nigeria Connect conference, themed, ‘Smart city solutions and circular economy,’ held in Victoria Island.

He said, “Following the huge investments we have made in the waste management sector, as well as the transformation of our waste management practices over the last two years, we have been able to create no fewer than 41,000 direct and indirect jobs in that period of time.

“Furthermore, with the advent of recycling and other waste management streams, we envisage there will be about 6,000 additional jobs being created annually.” The governor added that his administration would focus on waste regulation through infrastructure and enabling capacity.

“Daily, in Lagos State, we generate approximately 13,000 metric tonnes of solid waste. It is clear to us that to achieve the levels of efficiency required in managing waste in a city of this size, the private sector must be front-and-centre, while the government focuses on regulation and support by way of infrastructure and technical capacity,” he said.

Finland’s Deputy Minister for International Trade, Nina Vaskunlahti, said, “Building a smart city involves the use of scientific methods, data and technology to improve the lives of citizens and improve their sustainable development growth. Finland is willing to support this transformation in Lagos.” 

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