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Special Adviser to the Governor on Cleaner Lagos Initiative shares Waste Collection & Elimination Plans

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Segun Adeniji, Corps Marshal, LAGESC; John Irvine, CEO Visionscape Sanitation Solutions; Engineer Adebola Shabi, SA to the Governor on CLI; Dr. Iyabo Philips, General Manager, LAWMA; Afis Kasumu, Chairmain, Waste Operators Association at the press briefing held in Lagos recently

The Lagos State Government has assured Lagosians that with the renewed collaboration between the state government, waste collection operators and Visionscape, heaps of refuse will disappear from Lagos streets in few days. Giving this assurance at the weekend was the Special Adviser to the Governor on the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, Engineer Adebola Shabi.

Shabi stated that the concerted efforts of the stakeholders will lead to an imminent total evacuation of waste from the streets. “We have been engaging different stakeholders, the waste collection operators, the community development committees, the market women, the civil societies, landlords and tenants associations and various NGOs in the state to assess how we have performed in the last one year. “There are still ongoing discussions with the waste collection operators, the former PSP operators and the state government, in conjunction with Visionscape to have as many Transfer Loading Stations, to ease the disposal of waste in the state.

“Olusosun dumpsite has been shut down by His Excellency because of the safety of the people working there and public health. And we have been asking the trucks to be going down to Ewe Elepe and Epe and we are looking at the distance, as most of the waste collectors’ trucks cannot go far distance, ” Shabi stated. The SA to the governor said that 60 percent of waste generated in Lagos would end up at the Epe landfill while the remaining 40 percent would be recycled and used for other purposes.

“In the next few months, Visionscape will take stock of more trucks to enhance performance in waste collection,” he said. According to him, Visionscape has distributed over eight million garbage bags and over 400,000 garbage bins in the last two months.

“What we want from people living in Lagos is to generate your waste, bag your waste and drop them in front of the houses, for effective cleaning and preventive blockage of our drainages and canals. “The garbage bags and bins are meant for the waste generated, so please ensure that the wastes are being packaged and kept at the front of the houses,” he said.

Shabi also said the state government will establish plastic collection centers in 57 council areas of the state. “The theme of the World Earth Day this year is plastic pollution, and that is one of the biggest menaces in the state today.

“So we are going to have 57 collection centres in the state, we are going to encourage youths to bring plastic to the centres and you are given something in return. Then the plastics will be sold to the public for reuse,” he said.

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    April 24, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    “We have been engaging different stakeholders, the waste collection operators, the community development committees, the market women, the civil societies, landlords and tenants associations and various NGOs in the state to assess how we have performed in the last one year”. SERIOUSLY!!! PERFORMANCE!!!

  2. Kanyinsola

    April 24, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Smh!!!!! Instead of wasting money to sponsor nonsense kindly live up to your mantra! Or revert to dirtier lagos! Kilode?!!!!!! They’ve tuned Lagos to Ibadan. Is this Ambode’s Legacy?! To drag us back?! Abi it is until we have an outbreak before you people do the right thing! Ojota is still in thick smoke! Everywhere is just soooo dirty! Fix it! And stop wasting money on Bella naija ads! Do your jobs!

    • Dean

      April 25, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Madam Kanyinsola. Continue shaking your head o. You sef hear yourself. They should revert to dirty Lagos.
      People are making efforts and some people are bent on sabotaging it.
      Look at the bigger picture, this cleaner Lagos initiative is a lofty idea and it must fly. It’s a matter of time. They are just few months into it.
      Do you have a better solution on how to help the situation other than condemning Ambode? No! So sit down.

  3. Premiere

    April 25, 2018 at 9:41 am

    The problem with most Inhabitant of Lagos State is, they are the problem of themselves, This people are working hard to get us a conducive environment, but we forgot that every good things don’t just happen Overnight, it takes time, process and a lot of work. But when the people you are working for are not yielding and supporting to do their own quota of the deal, every HARD-WORK will still look like NO-WORK… What am i even pointing out… Yeah i remember… Clean up your own environment and bin your trash, Stop dumping Gala Nylon, Purewater Nylon, Papers and bin on the road, keep them in your bag and dispose them properly… Thats the way to start.

    • Aare farmland

      April 25, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      Something went wrong recently around last Christmas the waste collection effort was slow. But I think with constant focus LSG will get better. green efforts and recycling education is a great start. Trash bins on every street will also help and dealing with organized market associations and other garbage generators. Lagos had a history of cleanliness, it will be had to get there but they can come close.

  4. Abu David

    April 25, 2018 at 9:44 am

    This is a big step n the right direction to make Lagos a more desirable state in the country. As to Kanyinsola, Please tell PSP operators to do their job then Lagos will be clean again. We will be better off using the infrastructural facilities that will be built by Visionscape to help recycle our waste.

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