Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Eko 2012 - Lawma Begins 24-Hour Service On Games Venues

Lagos — The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 18th National Sports Festival says the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) will begin 24 hours service at the Games venues from Sunday.

Dr Kweku Tandoh, the LOC Secretary-General, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos that refuse collection would be done at the Games Villages and sports venues.

Tandoh said that "Operation keep Lagos Clean" was still in full force, adding that the state would maintain a cleaner environment throughout the festival.

He said that apart from LAWMA; other cleaning outfits had also been engaged to assist.

"The operation keep Lagos clean is still in force. LAWMA will begin 24 hours service a day to the opening ceremony to clear dirt.

"Some other cleaning outfits will be also assist LAWMA to ensure the work is done well," Tandoh said.

He refuted a claim that the Teslim Balogun Stadium was full of filth, saying that the little refuse visible was from the contractors renovating the edifice for the opening ceremony.

The LOC scribe said that they had not received any information on the arrival of any state contingent for the Games, noting that it was worrisome.

He also said state officials who were supposed to have arrived for meetings before the Games starts had not come.

"The Games Villages opened on Saturday but as I am talking to you, there is no information on whether any state has arrived.

"But I am very sure that the bulk of them will arrive on Sunday," he said.

Tandoh assured that the LOC was getting things ready for the opening ceremony on Nov. 27 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

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