Lagos Plans To Spend N70bn On Waste Management

To achieve the zero tolerance vision on Waste Management, the Lagos State Government is expected
to spend N70billion on waste management in the next three years in the state.

The Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ola Oresanya said that the state will require about N30billion for capital expenditure while N40billion will be invested on recurrent expenditure.

Oresanya spoke at an interactive session with a team from the National Defence College (NDC) on a study tour on the impact of the public-private partnership on governance, who visited him.

The session was organized by the Lagos State Ministry of Special Duties.

The LAWMA boss said that the government is looking up to private sectors to bring its expertise into waste collection, haulage and disposal to achieve efficiency in waste management.

Lagos, which he said, generates a minimum of nine thousand tons of waste per day had in the last one decade disposed about 27, 599, 825.94 tons of waste in the three landfill sites located at Abule Egba, Olushosun, and Solous, which has a combine capacity of 63.67 hectares.

He said, government has approved the construction of a new landfill site in Epe. Two others are being proposed for Ikorodu and Badagry, besides two waste conversion plants compost plant at Odogiyan, Ikorodu and the Plastic Recycling plant at Ojo.

He urged the Organized Private Sector (OPS) to seize the opportunity and invest in solid waste management.

The Head of the visiting members of Course 17 of the NDC, Brig.-Gen. Ebi Bona Awala praised the state government for its radical approach to governance that is making the state a destination of choice for local and foreign investors.

Awala, who led 12 Nigerians and one Namibian military top brass on a one week geo-strategic tour of the state, said the team has learnt a lot from the trip.

He said the team was in Lagos to broaden its knowledge on how the government has been using the public- private partnership platform to deepen development.

Awala said: “Really, you must have lived or be living in Lagos to be able to appreciate all that this government has done in the area of development.”

And I think this government has a lot to showcase as part of the achievements of the PPP initiative in the areas of waste management and transportation, especially the recently launched Bus Rapid Transit, BRT.