LAWMA Academy Welcomes April Interns To Drive Innovation In Waste Management + PHOTOS ๐ŸŽŠ The Scoper Media

By Olayinka Adediran

Amidst the bustling streets of Lagos, where the rhythm of daily life is punctuated by the beat of waste management, a new chapter unfolds at the LAWMA Academy. With the dawn of April, a vibrant cohort of eager minds steps through its doors, ready to embark on a transformative journey. As the sun casts its golden hues upon the city, these aspiring environmental stewards begin their one-month odyssey, poised to learn, grow, and make a tangible difference in the world of waste management.

In the bustling halls of our company, a diverse tapestry of fresh minds converged. These interns, each a product of different academic landscapes scattered across the nation, brought with them a kaleidoscope of disciplines and perspectives. From the ivory towers of prestigious universities to the hidden gems nestled in the countryside, they arrived, eager to embark on their professional journey. Like a mosaic of knowledge and ambition, they formed the vibrant heartbeat of our workplace, each thread contributing to the rich tapestry of our collective endeavor.

In a lively gathering of interns, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the visionary leader at LAWMA, extended warm congratulations, acknowledging the interns’ entry into the prestigious internship program. With a gleam of anticipation, he highlighted the transformative journey ahead, poised to immerse them in the intricate world of waste management and its boundless rewards.

In his impassioned address, he challenged the conventional view of waste, reframing it as an untapped wellspring of potential. With fervor, he extolled the virtues of the circular economy, where discarded materials metamorphose into avenues of prosperity. In this transformative paradigm, what was once dismissed as refuse emerges as a beacon of opportunity, enriching not only individuals and society but also nurturing the very environment that sustains us all.

According to him, โ€œThis internship will go a long way in exposing you to the positive and rewarding side of waste management. I am sure you are aware that nothing is a waste until you waste them. What used to be waste is now a resource that can be harvested to make money and improve lives. Indeed, itโ€™s a long value-chain you can tap into, depending on your area of interest. It is a promising and highly rewarding venture.โ€

In a stirring address, the head of LAWMA implored the assembled trainees to delve deeply into the practical facets of their education. With fervor in his voice, he exhorted them to equip themselves with unwavering resolve, poised to emerge as vanguards of transformation and heralds of ecological harmony.

In a motivating address, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, the Executive Director of LAWMA, encouraged interns to harness their acquired knowledge to explore and excel in their chosen areas within the waste management value chain. He emphasized the potential for personal enterprise and substantial rewards for those who seize the opportunity.

He said, โ€œThis is a good opportunity for you to acquire knowledge and make money from modern waste management initiatives. What is important for you here, is to pay attention to the various things you will be taught, so that you can decide where to key in, for future enterprise and handsome financial rewardsโ€.

Last month, LAWMA Academy launched its inaugural one-month internship program, welcoming a cohort of bright graduate and post-graduate candidates eager to delve into the world of modern waste management. From the agency’s diverse departments, these aspiring professionals underwent immersive training sessions, gaining invaluable insights and skills.

Their journey culminated in the presentation of their group final projectโ€”a captivating diagram illustrating the concept of the circular economy, tailored to the intricacies of manufacturing industries. With enthusiasm and expertise, they showcased their innovative solutions to the LAWMA boss, leaving a lasting impression and paving the way for future environmental stewardship.

This year, LAWMA Academy embarked on an inspiring journey, reaching out to over 5,000 eager minds in public schools throughout the state. From the bustling streets of Eti-Osa to the vibrant neighborhoods of Ikeja, Mushin, Ijora-Olopa, Agege, and Victoria Island, their message of environmental advocacy echoed far and wide. With passion and dedication, they sowed the seeds of sustainability, nurturing a generation ready to embrace the call of stewardship for our planet.

As the classroom buzzed with anticipation, LAWMA’s team of environmental superheroes swept in, armed with knowledge and determination. They illuminated young minds with tales of their diverse operations, revealing the dire consequences of haphazard waste disposal. But amidst the chaos, they unveiled a secret: the treasure hidden within trash, teaching the art of turning recyclables into gold. Trash bags and cans became mighty weapons against pollution, while cart pushers were banished to the shadows as students pledged allegiance to their assigned PSP operators, champions of cleanliness in their communities.

In the realm of waste management, a noble quest was born: to ignite the flames of knowledge in the hearts of the youth, casting a new light on the path to environmental sustainability. This mission, rooted in the soil of cultural transformation, sought to mold a generation of stewards for our planet’s well-being.

With fervor and dedication, the call went forth to cast wide the nets, drawing in young minds eager to champion the cause. They were not mere recruits, but the architects of a new ethosโ€”a vanguard of ambassadors, poised to reshape perceptions and cultivate a landscape where harmony with nature flourishes.

On the basis of this however,, the frontier was not of distant lands but of the mind, where waste became the canvas upon which a masterpiece of ecological stewardship was painted. And as these young torchbearers marched forward, they carried not only knowledge but also hopeโ€”a beacon for a people-friendly environment yet to come.

To cap it all, enter the gates of the LAWMA Academy Internship, a vibrant sanctuary of knowledge where the curious gather to explore the realms of environmental stewardship and waste management wizardry. Each month, passionate souls converge to immerse themselves in a whirlwind of eco-education, fueled by a shared desire to safeguard our planet’s precious resources. Join us on this transformative odyssey as we ignite the flames of change and pave the way for a greener, cleaner tomorrow.

Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)

Director, Public Affairs


13th April, 2024