The Lagos Waste Management Authority has announced the appointment of Oziomachukwu Mojekwu (a.k.a. Ozzy Bosco), a kid entertainer, as its youth ambassador.
The unveiling of the ambassador, according to a statement on Sunday, took place at LAWMA’s headquarters, Ijora last week and had in attendance some big wigs in the country’s entertainment industry such as Ngozi Nwosu, Dr. Tee Mac Omatsola, and Kofi, the comedian, as well as school pupils from various parts of the state.
In his welcome address, the Managing Director, LAWMA, Mr. Ola Oresanya, expressed delight at the prospect of effecting change on the mindset of the people, especially through music and the endorsement of one of the fast rising kid entertainers in Africa.
Oresanya said what informed the organisation’s decision to bring Ozzy Bosco into its sanitation campaign was to build a foundation for the younger generation, who would eventually help drive LAWMA’s goal of zero tolerance for waste in the metropolis.
He said, “Ozzy Bosco is a child that is leaning towards music, and we are using his music as an instrument to establish a new order; we want to change the habits of our people for good on matters of waste management.
“Waste management is a way of life; it is not just a project, it is a programme that touches life and we believe we need to have a new social order; we need to redefine our social values and we can do this by planting these new ideas into children.”
The LAWMA boss pleaded with residents of the state to observe effective sanitation in order to keep sicknesses and other unpleasant consequences of filthiness at bay.
Exuding joy at the unveiling of Ozzy Bosco as the brand ambassador, the mother, Mrs. Nonye Mojekwu-Chukwujama, appreciated LAWMA for the gesture and its overall interest in the welfare of children in the state.
Tee Mac, on his part, commended the idea of the appointment, saying it would be a veritable tool of driving the needed change in the attitude of the people towards the environment.
“I think this is a great idea because the older generation is used to throwing cigarette butts on the floor, ‘pure water’ will be thrown out of the window when they drive by; you know that those habits are very difficult to get rid of. Now, the kids are waking up and are saying ‘Keep Lagos clean’ (and) the parents will listen,” he said.