Waste Management: Lagos State Struggles As Rain Begins


As early survey reveals that rains might start early in 2018, Lagos state is left with the problem of waste management which has become one of the biggest challenges of the commercial state.

According to The Guardian across the five divisions of Lagos – Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe – filth is replacing the signature symbol of the Centre of Excellence that only last year marked its 50th anniversary with many jubilee projects.

No part of the state is spared, not even highbrow locations. From Broad Street, Balogun Martins, Tom Jones, Idumota all the way to the front of UBA head-office is a mountain of refuse oozing stench that could make the dead flinch.

In fact, community leaders in the mainland areas are going political by seeking the intervention of national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to intervene as a matter of urgency in the ongoing misunderstanding between the local PSP waste operators and the state government to save Lagos from imminent take-over by refuse dumps.

The community leaders, who represent a cross section of Community Development Associations (CDAs) from across the Mainland, said they are unable to keep silent any more when their people are choking from piles of wastes in their homes and streets, stressing that unless something is urgently done to restore sanity in the state’s waste management, the state would face disastrous health consequences from built-up wastes in homes, drainage channels and streets as a result of the decision of the present government to stop the PSP operators from domestic waste collection.

However, according to the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, Visionscape Group, the foreign firm contracted by the state government to rid Lagos of solid wastes has turned to local private waste operators for help in evacuating the wastes from residential areas.

“Under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), the government has made provision for the PSP operators to handle collection of commercial waste and there are over 15,000 companies in Lagos that can serve the over 200 PSP operators in the state. So far, the CLI has been able to get over 50,000 new employees out of the labour market. The government has also assessed N2.5 billion loan to enable the PSP operators buy equipment to be more competitive,” Bamigbetan said.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Babatunde Hunpe, alleged sabotage of the evacuation operations by the PSP operators while noting that many of the emerging dumpsites are market areas.

“Waste is evacuated everyday. What we have is a slow down in the operations of those covering the market areas and almost 80 per cent of Lagos are market areas. Because of the congestion in those areas, evacuation is usually done at night.

However, to prevent indiscriminate dumping, the government has deployed the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGES) to all parts of the state. What we require from citizens is for them to neatly pack their waste and place it in front of their premises for it to be evacuated not patronize cart pushers, who eventually dump these waste by the roadside.”


Oyo Annul Contract Of Private Waste Contractors

The Oyo State Government on Thursday said that its contracts with all private waste contractors have been terminated with effect from May 5th.

It stated that the Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYOWMA) now has the mandate with full responsibility for the collection of waste in line with its commitment to ensuring a cleaner and healthier environment.

Equally, the government said that it had commissioned WestAfricaENRG, a leading Environmental Solutions company in Nigeria, to manage OYOWMA as well as take care of the full operational and legal duties of OYOWMA in the State.

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun explained that the WestAfricaENRG has been tasked to undertake a whole scale re-organisation of Waste Collection, Processing and Disposal in the State, starting with the upgrading and capacity building of all waste collection contractors.

He stressed that “This to increase job opportunities and the cleanliness of Oyo State. We still have an issue with public enlightenment and compliance and we are working tirelessly to achieve this.

“Effective May 5th, 2017 all Private Waste Contractors in Oyo State have had their contracts terminated, soon an Expression of Interest will be published nationally for the those with the relevant experience and capacity to apply for contacts in Oyo State. Until this is finalised OYOWMA has full responsibility for the collection of waste.”

“We are confident to say Ibadan is no longer the dirtiest city in Nigeria, a title which no city should aspire to hold. The strides we have made in Ibadan have been replicated across other cities and towns in Oyo State and we know that there is much more to be done,” the commissioner added.

He urged the citizens, groups, civil societies and communities to partner with the government to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment, noting that the concerted efforts of all and sundry will continue to make Oyo State a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing environment.

“We want to continue to keep Oyo State clean as part of our investment friendly strategy and improvement of the quality of the lives of our people, create the much-needed jobs for our youths, eradicate diseases and vermin caused by indiscriminate disposal of waste”, he stated.

He called on residents and business owners within the state to dispose of refuse in waste bins and stop disposing on the roads, urging that they should ensure that their waste bins were made available for collection by OYOWMA, and also pay the government for the services when due