The current dirty state of Lagos environs is said to be caused largely due to the indiscriminate dumping of refuse by residents.
Heaps of refuse is a common sight along major roads and communities across the city of Lagos today and this for some residents contradict the ‘Mega City status of Lagos’.
The worrisome situation easily brings back memory of the days of mountain of refuse dotting the streets of the state during the administration of former Governor, BOLA TINUBU but was quickly dealt with.
During the visit by our correspondent to the Ijora office of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA which is responsible for the collection and disposal of municipal and industrial waste, he was reliably informed that the problem began when Governor AKINWUNMI AMBODE announced plans to reform the sector by bringing in experts from China.
According to the source, Governor AMBODE not only starved LAWMA of needed resources to work with but also directed the residents to stop patronizing the current PSP operators thereby forcing some of them out of business.
Some residents believe the current dirty state of Lagos could lead to major outbreak of cholera.
However, solution to the problem may have come with the launching of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative and the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps.
The initiative is targeted at revitalising the entire solid waste management sector and also to achieve a clean, hygienic and flood Free State.
At the launching which took place at Agege stadium, the state Deputy Governor, IDIAT ADEBULE said the Sanitation Corps will now be in charge of the enforcement of public utility level, while the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA is being repositioned to focus on its primary regulatory roles.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Environment, Dr. SAMUEL ADEJARE said concession for residential waste collection and processing which has been given to a multinational Waste Services Company is coming with 600 brand new compactors and 900,000 electronically tracked bins to tackle the problem of environmental nuisance in Lagos.
Only time will tell if the new initiative will succeed and that brings us to the end of the Special Report on the current dirty state of Lagos environs caused largely due to the indiscriminate dumping of refuse by residents.