Visionscape’s contributions, efforts at improving Lagos environment excite govt
The Lagos State government says it is excited by the contributions and efforts of Visionscape Sanitations Solution Limited at improving the environmental condition of the state which, until recently, had taken a turn for the worst.
Visionscape, an environmental utility group, is Lagos closest ally in its efforts at evolving international best practice in environmental management and, according Akinwunmi Ambode, the state governor, the firm deserves commendation for its determination to ensure the success of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).
He disclosed that Visionscape has brought in over 500, 000 brand-new e-waste bins and brand-new compactors into the state without receiving a kobo from government, adding that the company is also transforming the transfer loading stations at Simpson, Oshodi and Agege.
“A modern engineered sanitary landfill is currently being constructed in Epe by Visionscape while an exercise tagged ‘Operation Deep Clean’ meant to be a stop-gap for the full take off of the CLI is simultaneously going on across the state to evacuate waste and ensure every part of the state is clean”, the government said.
He noted that, in the last two years, government has found out that Lagos generates one of the highest volumes of waste in the world, pointing out that at the last count, documented waste in Lagos was estimated at 13,000 tonnes per day while undocumented statistics could make an additional 4,000 tonnes per day to that figure”, he noted.
“Now, if we want to be revolutionary, if we want to be globally competitive, if we want to deliver on the promise that I made to accomplish a clean, safe, and prosperous Lagos, we cannot use the same template that has been in use from the past. Cleaning Lagos and keeping the environment clean has nothing to do with environmental sanitation and putting your economic productivity at a standstill for three hours every month. That will not clean Lagos.
“Cleaning Lagos means we should give Lagosians scientifically treated land fill sites, transfer loading stations, functional dyno-bins, functional compactors, brand new materials and also be able to employ more people. That is why I extended my hand to the private sector for a partnership that will lead to the introduction of 500 brand new compactors, employ more than 27,000 street sweepers across the various wards in Lagos and create 200,000 indirect jobs. And we are commencing this in another few weeks,” the governor assured.
He said he was not oblivious of the concerns of the people who have been cleaning Lagos in the past years, and that the new policy was not intended to send them out of jobs, rather it would help scale up their businesses.
According to him, “the new model is a win-win for all of us; I have offered them a 100 percent income from the commercial enterprise, so that our private sector participants (PSPs) can gain capacity and also get more capital to do more work. There are over 5,000 companies in Lagos – enough to go around all the PSP operators, with a minimum of 15 companies to each PSP. The government can support them to make their contract with those companies bankable.
“So, while we are using the Cleaner Lagos Initiative to clean private residences and domestic refuse, our original PSP operators are compensated by dealing with companies and getting 100 percent revenues with just one percent administrative charges to Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA). In the past, LAWMA collected 40 percent in charges.
“This reform is a product of deep thought and serious human consideration for the environment and all stakeholders. We promise Lagosians that effective from September – within six months – they will see the difference. All they need to do to help us achieve this goal is to cooperate with the government and pay the annual public utility levy in accordance with the law. This is what will fund the project.
“Our bins will be cleared systematically on a daily basis. The same way the refuse on Adeola Odeku is cleared is the same way refuse in Badagry, Ayobo, Agege and other parts of Lagos will be cleared,” Ambode assured further.
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