The Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Tajudeen, has said the waste sector is the second highest contributor to gas emissions in the state.

Speaking at a workshop on stakeholders’ readiness analysis and organic waste mapping which took place at the LAWMA Waste to Wealth facility in Ikorodu, Tajudeen who was represented by the Head of Climate Change Unit of the ministry, Azeezat Afinowi-Subair, said the state was paying special attention to organic waste management.

He said, “The state is paying special attention to organic waste management, the reason is not far-fetched but because of its high global warming potential.

“The waste sector is being prioritized because it is the second highest contributor to Green House Gas GHG emissions in the Lagos emissions inventory.

Whilst speaking, the Lagos C40 City Adviser, Maximus Ugwuoke, explained that Lagos was one of the seven African cities where C40 is supporting with the implementation of Climate action under the Urban Climate Action Programme.

Ugwuoke noted that the C40 cities was interested in the outcome of the mentorship programme associated with the training workshop, assuring of more partnership in the future.

The managing director of Waste to Table, Greg Ohieri, later took the participants through a guarded tour of the facility through a showcase of a mini biogas plant, black soldier fly technology and a practical demonstration of the production and application of organic compost.

Lagos State Government in conjunction with C40 Cities over the weekend took concrete steps to enhance optimum crop production and practical application of compost manure to ensure optimum yield among farmers in the state.

Tajudeen commended the C40 cities for partnering the State government in ensuring that organic waste is converted into other valuable products such as organic compost and Biogas.

The commissioner commended the farmers and horticulturists for coming out in large numbers to gain practical insights on how to produce and manage organic waste.