The Lagos State Government has expressed its commitment for the actualisation of its vision of making Lagos to be among the cleanest cities in the world.
Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode disclosed this at a ceremony to mark the inauguration of Phase 1 of Vision Scape Implementation in Lagos.
Vision Scape is an environmental utility group which is to take over waste management in the state under a Public/Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement tagged: the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).
He said that waste management in Lagos had become a big task due to the rising population, hence the need to introduce new operators with advanced technology to manage all types of wastes.
Ambode, who was represented by Commissioner for Environment, Babatunde Adejare, said, “we have always believed in Vision Scape and by the grace of God, Lagos is going to be one of the cleanest cities of the world’’.
The governor said that the desire to improve the sanitation in the state, in line with producing a friendlier environment for residents, had been a long desire that the inauguration of the CLI would actualise.
“To carry out a reform is not easy and we did not want to leave anything to chance,’’ he said.
On the litigation with Incorporated Trustees of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, also known as the Private Sector Participation (PSP) Operators, he said that the contractual agreement with the operators to manage waste expired in July 2016.
Ambode said that being in court should not hinder waste management, adding that the state government was ready to partner the litigants and was working on achieving harmony with them.
“This occasion is to make sure our city is not dirty. There are about 350 PSP operators and we have 25 million Lagosians. Do we want to satisfy 350 to the detriment of 25 million people?’’ he asked.
The governor explained that 600 compactors were being sourced from various countries, adding that the state plans to have about 5,000 within the next five years.
He said that the existing transloading stations would be transformed into organised well-structured waste recycling systems.
Harry Ackerman, the Executive Director, Vision Scape, said the company would eliminate dump sites in residential areas in the first phase of the project.
He added that phase two of the project would target the total elimination of waste from households.
Vision Scape’s Head of Corporate Communications, Motunrayo Elias, said the organisation has the manpower and equipment to make Lagos cleaner.
She said that the project would create several jobs for residents of the state adding that Vision Scape would commence Phase 1 of the company’s implementation strategy with ‘Operation Deep Clean’ on July 1.
“Vision Scape has made provision to ensure that there would no longer be dump sites in the state.
“We have trucks and tricycles to run and collect refuse in every part of Lagos even the riverrine areas, and we run a 24 hours operations,’’ Elias said.
She also said that in few weeks, the company would roll out an advocacy programme to educate the public on better ways to handle wastes, especially harzadous ones.
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