The Lagos State Government has concluded arrangements to decommission the landfills and refuse dumpsites located along LASU-Isheri Road, Igando, as part of efforts targeted at preventing potential exposure to an epidemic among residents of the area.
The State Commissioner for Health as well as the Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Prof. Akin Abayomi and Mr. Tunji Bello made this known through a joint statement issued today, saying their respective Ministries are aware of the dumpsites and the resultant menace to the environment.
While noting the inexpediency of locating the dumpsites close to Alimosho General Hospital, Abayomi said “Situating a waste yard right beside a general hospital or in the proximity of residential community is totally unacceptable, and we acknowledge the health and environmental dangers this dumpsite constitutes to the neighbourhood and, particularly, the Alimosho General Hospital”.
He explained that the dumpsites which were on the outskirts of the metropolis, until the population expansion and commercial and residential buildings caught up had earlier been shut down about five years ago before it was reopened by those engaged to manage waste before the advent of the present administration.
“We are aware that these dumpsites have caused residents of the area so much discomfort and agony over the years. These, coupled with the attendant exposure to environmental hazards, which is inimical to attainment of good health, are the reasons why we are taking the bull by the horn to provide a lasting solution to this ugly menace by decommissioning these sites and restoring serenity in the environment”, Abayomi said.
In his contribution, the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello outlined plans put in place to find a lasting solution to the nuisance created by the dumpsites and landfills, disclosing that the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources has mandated the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to begin the process of decommissioning of Solous 3 dumpsite, starting with rehabilitation and improved management of the dumpsite as a critical first step towards eventual decommissioning in two to three years.
“The rehabilitation will involve levelling of the refuse, slope stabilisation, soil covering, grading as well as rolling and landscaping. As part of the rehabilitation, we will also rebuild the drainage and road network within and outside the site. These measures will help greatly to control pollution, eliminate rodent breeding grounds, prevent landfill gas emission and widen capacity for landfill gas capturing”, Bello explained.
He hinted that Solous 3 dumpsite will be converted into a Material Recovery Facility and Waste-to-Energy plants that will power the Alimosho General Hospital and the College of Nursing after decommissioning.
Bello opined that the air around the dumpsite will be fresher and cleaner after the rehabilitation, stressing that the traffic congestion on the road occasioned by queues formed by waste collection trucks would also be eliminated.