Dear Lagos Mainland residents, it is important for you to take charge of your neighbourhood by disposing and managing your waste properly to ensure you have a hygienic environment. This is because the newly implemented waste managers under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) are not ready for you!
During its launch amidst fanfare over two months ago under a Public – Private Partnership model, the CLI spearheaded by newly formed waste managers, Visionscape, was hyped by its proponents as the solution to waste management in Lagos as a whole.
However, after several weeks of operation, the initiative which relegated the often critiqued Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to the sidelines has not functioned optimally across Lagos Mainland and other parts of the state.
At intervals, littered bins are evident across parts of Lagos Mainland with residents of these communities decrying the neglect by the waste managers.
Presently, a looming epidemic is set to hit the entire Ifako – Ijaiye community if urgent action is not taken by the waste collectors to remove waste from the area. As a result of the lack of activity by the waste collectors in the community for over eight weeks, several parts of the LG area such as Adisa Coker street, Oyedele, Bola Oyewo, Jojo bus stop including the popular Ndike market is littered with waste.
While other communities in Lagos Mainland – Ojota, Ikeja, Maryand, Anthony and more – are provided waste bins to allow residents dump their wastes, the whole of Ifako – Ijaiye doesn’t have one waste bin. Similarly, residents of Mushin, Ilasamaja, Ikorodu, Oshodi, Alimosho, Tejuosho, and environs have complained bitterly about the inactivity of the waste collectors in their various areas.
Reacting to this development, an official of the Ifako – Ijaiye LG who craved anonymity said the council is working assiduously to ensure the area is rid of dirt and in a hygienic state for residents. “What we can do right now is to educate our people on proper disposal of waste till the waste collectors come to salvage the situation,” the official said.
However, investigations by InsideMainland revealed that the Visionscape operators, months after launch, are yet to commence house to house collection of waste in Lagos. A source in the company told InsideMainland that the body his yet to commence the house to house collection of wastes due to its focus on dumpsites.
“For now, the attention is on major black spots and big dumpsites scattered around Lagos. This is why we have not been collecting waste from households. We would soon get to that level where we collect waste from houses. It is a gradual process,” the source said.
Meanwhile, InsideMainland gathered exclusively that the current delay to embark on the collection of waste from households is connected to the lack of equipments to handle the process.