The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) and the Lagos Youth Forum (LYF) said the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) of the state government was visionary and would address challenges of waste management.
The two groups, in a separate statements, said the initiative, apart from its design to provide over 27,500 jobs, would also help to tackle communicable diseases.
The CPPM statement was signed by its Executive Chairman, Nelson Ekujumi, while that of LYF was signed by the group’s Executive Secretary, Gbenga Omage.
The CLI is an initiative of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration aimed at ensuring cleanliness in all communities in the state.
Ambode had in March signed the new Environmental Management and Protection Law, which is intended to change the way Lagos State manages all environmental issues.
The state government also assembled a consortium of globally reputable companies led by Visionscape to manage waste collection and disposal, using ultramodern facilities.
The CPPM, while congratulating the people of the state over the development, said the new policy was a testimonial of the resolve and foresight of Ambode to turn-around Lagos into a 21st century mega city.
“We are indeed glad that the new initiative, apart from tackling the observed environmental challenges of a megacity like Lagos, will also go a long way in tackling environmental pollution occasioned by the menace of existing dumpsites which are to be phased out and replaced with a sizeable number of modern and environmentally friendly landfill sites.
“We are happy that the Cleaner Lagos Initiative will create an additional 27,500 jobs as a means of addressing unemployment in the state, which is a cause of mass poverty and involvement of our youths in crime and other nefarious activities,” CPPM said.
The group, however, urged the state government to begin a massive education of residents of Lagos on the initiative in order to have their active participation, saying that a cleaner and healthier Lagos would ultimately be to the benefit and good of all.
For its part, the LYF, which is an amalgamation of over 50 youth groups across the state, said it was worthy of note that the new initiative on the environment had the potential to uplift the environmental status of the state to a mega city status.
“The new initiative will result in the procurement of modern equipment and the development of landfill sites instead of the old dumpsites which constituted environmental pollution and endangered the health of the citizenry.
“We are also glad that the new initiative will address the perennial problem of default in the payment of waste levy as it will be replaced by a public utility levy which will be paid just once in a year and will ensure that refuse is evacuated 24/7 within the state.
“This improvement in the waste levy collection method will remove the bottleneck and problems associated with the system and improve the sanitation level of the state,” said LYF.
The LYF, therefore, urged the people to key into the initiative, saying that it would address the environmental challenges confronting the state and benefit residents and workers in Lagos.