In its continued efforts of seeking understanding and acceptance of Lagosians on the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) as an innovation in solid waste management, the Lagos State Government has taken the advocacy and enlightenment programme to Ikorodu Division of the State.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, said that the need to create ample awareness and enlightenment about the Cleaner Lagos Initiative as a new direction in solid waste management was the reason for the stakeholders meeting at Ikorodu division.
“It has become imperative to come to you the citizens who are the direct beneficiaries of the new initiative and to let you know what it is all about and the roles you are to perform in the process,” he said.
He disclosed that the State Government was committed to ensuring that Lagosians live in a healthy, cleaner and peaceful environment.
While explaining the benefits of the CLI to Lagosians, Bamgboye said that the initiative would create 27,500 new jobs by engaging unemployed youths along with the existing street sweepers through the Community Sanitation Workers (CSW) initiative, to manually sweep all the inner streets in the 377 wards of the State and complement mechanical sweeping of the highways.
He further advised Lagosians to support the initiative and collaborate with present administration by ensuring that they desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorized places and by maintaining regular surveillance of their environment.
Bamgboye maintained that the initiative “would not only enhance the aesthetics of the State and alleviate poverty but would further improve the economy of Lagos by bringing about a viable sub-sector of the economy.”
He urged market men and women, Community Development Associations (CDAs), Community Development Committee (CDCs) and artisans in attendance to embrace the CLI wholeheartedly and to help spread the gospel of the initiative to all and sundry.