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Cleaner Lagos: Ambode launches Sanitation Corps, new environmental initiative

As part of the plans to tackle environmental issues in the State, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday, Friday, June 30, 2017, launched Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) and the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC).

During the launch which held at the Agege Stadium, Agege, Ambode said the CLI was billed to take the State into the desired future as far as achieving clean, hygienic and flood-free State was concerned.

“To roll back sanitation shortcomings and accelerate seamless cleaning of our environment, the Lagos megacity was in dire need of an enduring solution that would match the needed technology with the massive investment required for its attainment. It is this void that the CLI has come to fill by creating an environment for the private sector to harness international best practice in the vital area of solid waste management and consequently free public funds for other beneficial uses.

“As a result, residential waste collection and processing which is concessioned to a reputable and competent multinational Waste Services Company is being given a new lease of life with 600 brand new compactors and 900,000 electronically tracked bins, while wastes generated by the commercial sector would be handled by licensed waste management operators,” he said.

Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule added that for efficient collection and disposal operations, the State had concessioned three Transfer Loading Stations/Material Recovery Facilities at Agege, Oshodi and Simpson and three Waste Depots at Mushin, Ogudu and Simpson with the aim of rehabilitating, remodelling and retrofitting these facilities to world class standard, while engineered sanitary/ engineered hazardous landfills were being constructed in different locations across Lagos State under the Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BFOT) model.

In addition, Ambode disclosed that the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) Brigade in Lagos had been transformed to the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) to assist in the enforcement of the payment of PUL as all residents of the State, be it private or corporate, were hereby entitled to the payment of the PUL and were urged to comply steadfastly as that is their all important contribution to cleaning the State.

Explaining the operational process of the Corps, Ambode said “the agency shall monitor and maintain surveillances along highways, streets and public amenities as well as regularly report any breach of the provisions of the law. This soft launch is just the tip of the iceberg as the government will soon launch other components of the CLI such as the Residential Waste Collection and Processing; Commercial, Industrial, Hazardous, and Medical Waste Collection; Secondary and Tertiary Drainage Maintenance and so on.”

Meanwhile, to effectively regulate and monitor the sector, the governor said “adequate institutional arrangements have been put in place.”

“LAWMA is being repositioned to focus on its primary regulatory roles, while the Public Utilities Monitoring Assurance Unit (PUMAU) has been established to coordinate the modalities of billing, revenue assurance and enforcement of the Public Utility Levy (PUL), an annual levy which has come to replace the monthly PSP levy,” Ambode added.

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