LAGOS – The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development recently joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 2019 World Habitat Day with the theme “Frontier Technology as Innovative Tool to Transform Waste to Wealth”
Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, in his Keynote Address, said that the theme of the World Habitat Day was quite apt for Lagos State as the State was just stepping up efforts towards solving the challenges of waste management.
“The task ahead is to harness frontier technologies to achieve sustainable development, while mitigating their adverse economic, social and political consequences. Without any doubt, the place of technology and best practices in ensuring effective and efficient waste management in a mega city like our cannot be over emphasized” he said.
Speaking through the Deputy Governor, Dr.Obafemi Hamzat, the Governor emphasised that effective management of waste was a global priority, adding that it was important to view “Waste” as a valuable resource that could be turned to wealth through technology, which offered the potential of better, cheaper, faster, scalable and easy to use solutions for everyday problems.
His words: “This innovative approach will address all areas of the waste hierarchy, including reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal.
“With innovative and technology-driven waste management system system, cities can resolve not only challenges, but also create employment, promote economic growth, improve health and ecosystems which in turn contributes to happier, greener and healthier cities”
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