The Lagos State Government has commenced a phased roll-out of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative with the launch of Marine Waste Collection, Mechanised Sweeping and inauguration of the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) to engender a financially viable and technology driven waste management sector.
Speaking at the event which held at the Agege Township Stadium, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said government embarked on the Cleaner Lagos Initiative in order to revitalise the Solid Waste Management Sector and eradicate the inadequacies in sanitation of the environment as well as accelerate seamless cleaning of the city.
Governor Ambode who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule said, “to roll back sanitation shortcomings and accelerate seamless cleaning of our environment, the Lagos mega city was in dire need of an enduring solution that would match the needed technology with the massive investment required for its attainment.”
According to him, the CLI came to fill the sanitation lacuna by “creating an environment for the private sector to harness international best practice in the vital area of solid waste management and consequently free public funds for other beneficial uses.”
Ambode disclosed that residential waste collection and processing now concessioned to a reputable and competent multinational Waste Services Company is being given a new lease of life with 600 brand new compactors and 900,000 electronically tracked bins, while waste generated by the commercial sector would be handled by licensed waste management operators.
He stated that for efficient collection and disposal operations, the State has concessioned three Transfer Loading Stations/Material Recovery Facilities at Agege, Oshodi and Simpson as well as three Waste Depots at Mushin, Ogudu and Simpson with the aim of rehabilitating, remodelling and retrofitting these facilities to world class standards.
In the same vein, Engineered Sanitary/Engineered Hazardous Landfills are being constructed in different locations across Lagos State under the Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BFOT) model.
The Governor added that the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) Brigade has also been transformed to the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) “to assist in the enforcement of the payment of Public Utility Levy.”
Accordingly, LAWMA is being repositioned to focus on its primary regulatory roles while the Public Utilities Monitoring Assurance Unit (PUMAU) has been established to coordinate the modalities of billing, revenue assurance and enforcement of the Public Utility Levy (PUL), an annual levy which replaces the monthly PSP levy.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner for The Environment, Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare said “Marine Waste Collection will ensure the regular cleaning and evacuation of all forms of debris and litter from navigable waterways such as lagoon, creeks, rivers, and the like, while Mechanised Sweeping will bring about regular cleaning of major highways in the State.”
The Commissioner expressed confidence that the cleaning of our waterways will now be more efficient with the inauguration of Marine Waste Collection at Ebute-Ero and stressed that the evolution of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative remains the solution to the problems of solid waste management in our State.