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Flood Prevention: LASG adopts new strategy on solid waste management

The Lagos State Government (LASG) has adopted a new strategy under the new solid waste management policy encapsulated in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CSI) to massively tackle flooding.

Dr. Babatunde Adejare, Commissioner for Environment who stated this in Alausa at a news conference, said the state government has perfected plans to implement flood prevention programme through all year round cleaning and maintenance of drainage infrastructure.

Adejare said under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), “state of the art equipment would be deployed towards cleaning the environment, while in addition to 27, 500 community sanitation workers that would be employed; mechanised street sweeping machinery would also be deployed to major highways across the state.”

It would be recalled that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode signed the new Environmental Management and Protection Law, to give the new policy the legal teeth to function efficiently.

Speaking further on the policy, Adejare said the initiative was in line with the vision of Governor Ambode to make Lagos a clean, secure and more prosperous State with a robust economy built on service, equity and justice.

He added that the initiative had been designed to address the deficiencies in the solid waste management sector with the new equipments deployed to protect the environment, human health and social living standards of residents.

Under the initiative, Adejare said the State Government, in partnership with Visionscape, would provide a twice-weekly service with 600 brand new compactors and 900,000 electronically tracked bins.

In addition, transfer loading stations/material recovery facilities in Agege, Oshodi and Simpson, as well as waste depots in Mushin, Ogudu and Simpson would be rehabilitated and transformed to world class standards. This according to Adejare would provide over 40,000 new jobs for residents.

He therefore enjoined Lagosians to embrace the new initiative which is obviously the panacea for delivering efficient and effective management of solid waste in the State with its attendant benefits