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Sanwo-Olu tasks manufacturers on use of recycled materials in product packaging

… Urges PR Experts To Join Smart City Drive
To ensure a sustainable environment for all, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday tasked manufacturers to cooperate with the State government on the use of recyclable and biodegradable materials in product packaging.
The governor also said the citizens must understand that effective waste management starts from individual household, where waste must be properly bagged and sorted to facilitate recycling.
Speaking at the 6th Lagos Public Relations Stakeholders’ Conference themed ‘Conversations to promote environmental sustainability in Nigeria’, Sanwo-Olu implored the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) to play a lead role in the advocacy for a cleaner Lagos, as they have the expertise to convey government message to residents.
Represented by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, the governor commended the Institute for using the conference as an avenue to promoting meaningful dialogue as well as pushing the frontiers of participatory governance.
‘You will recollect that at the inception of our administration, I signed an executive order with clear instructions to the management of Lagos State Waste Management Authority to implement strategies that will ensure proper and efficient evacuation and disposal of waste across the state. Also, we reactivated the dormant land fill deposit sites, as well as waste transfer loading stations located at strategic areas in the state.’
Sanwo-Olu told Public Relations experts that the issue of environmental management is critical to the sustainability of the society, noting that the State government has been able to consolidate on the gains of previous administrations, especially in the adoption of public-private participation where waste managers and recyclers were engaged to complement government efforts.
He called on all stakeholders present at the conference to support government strategies and programmes aimed at ensuring environmental sustainability of a smart city.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, called on all stakeholders, especially Public Relation practitioners, to support the State government in its drive to achieve the ‘ Smart Lagos’ vision of the government.
Stating that Smart Lagos is the responsibility of all, Sanwo-Olu said ” We will continue to engage the co-operation of manufacturers in the production or usage of recyclable or bio-dermacable materials. I call on all stakeholders to support strategies and programmes aimed at ensuring environmental sustainability of the ‘Smart City of Lagos’.
“It is a collective responsibility in which the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations has a role to play especially in the area of public sensitisation and advocacy,” the governor said.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.