In a significant stride towards sustainable development and environmental stewardship, the Lagos State Government and the Kingdom of Netherlands have joined hands to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at creating 4,000 jobs in waste management within the state.
The MoU was formalized during Africa’s first edition of Circular Economy, a landmark summit held in partnership with the African Circular Economy Network (ACEN) and the Circular Economy Innovation Partnership (CEIP), with support from the Netherlands.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, representing the state, emphasized the summit’s crucial role as a pragmatic and fundamental approach to addressing global crises such as pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss.
He highlighted the need for a model of production and consumption that embraces sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling existing materials and products to foster a resilient socio-economic development for Lagos.
Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed his vision for a greener Lagos, stating, “We will create more jobs, approximately 4,000, and elevate Lagos to become an even greater Mega City. Our commitment to promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth through encouraging sustainable consumption and production patterns cannot be overemphasized.”
The Lagos Circular Economy Hotspot 2023 holds immense significance, not only for Lagos and Nigeria but also for the entire sub-Saharan Africa region. Governor Sanwo-Olu reaffirmed his administration’s dedication to eliminating waste and pollution, optimizing resources, and regenerating nature, aligning with the principles of circular economy for a more sustainable future.
As the nation continues to navigate limited resources and prioritize socio-economic needs, the partnership between Lagos State Government and the Kingdom of Netherlands is poised to unlock immense potential in waste management, job creation, and environmental preservation.
The collaborative effort of the Lagos State Government and the Kingdom of Netherlands sets a precedent for the integration of circular economy principles, driving positive change and offering innovative solutions for a cleaner, greener, and more prosperous Lagos.