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Here’s what Mainlanders are saying about the newly implemented waste management initiative

Ahead of the much awaited wait for the takeoff of the new waste management drive by the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) in place of operators of Private Sector Participation (PSP) and the evident heaps of refuse across communities on the Lagos Mainland, residents of the suburban community have aired their thoughts on the development.

Some residents who aired their displeasure on social media argues that recent happenings with waste under the Akinwunmi Ambode administration is nothing to write home about.

According to Titilola Feyijimi: “What I don’t understand is why this administration changed the previous clean up system that was working perfectly during the Fashola regime. We voted for continuity HABA! I don’t mind improvements but the horror this government has put us through in the last months with filth in Lagos, we just thank God that Ebola did not happen during this regime. Otherwise….hmmm. Simply unfair!!!’

To Aderonke Abimbola Benson, “Lagos state before now had a working template on waste disposal which was working perfectly but unfortunately the new team changed this. Who does that? Replacing what was working and putting us back ten years? Common, we can do better.

“What is currently on is NOT WORKING AND CANNOT WORK. The newly employed people do not have the capacity and so it cannot work. Please for the sake of the health of the citizenry, I would PLEAD that we go back to what works.

“Lagos is so very dirty and cannot qualify any mega city in the making. This negates all other efforts that are been put in place to make the state a better one.

“In fact I’m at a loss why the commissioner of health for the state has not raised any alarm with respect to hazard this would cause the people of the state. It’s a shame”

Ruth Olomu stated that: “Please, LASG should do something about the heap of refuse around the Lagos metropolis. It is an eyesore. Everywhere you turn, is a pile of refuse. Let us avoid an epidemic.”

To Ayodeji Oyekunle Alade: “Sincerely the monstrous pyramid of refuse defacing the Mega City face of Lagos State is disheartening and inhumane. Health wise, economically and environmentally what we see daily isn’t pleasant. Kudos to the state government for partnering with the new waste managers but what’s obtainable in the Western world is quite different from here. An average Lagosian abuses Nature/Environment.

“As a community and youth leader, I mobilized youths in my community on the need to care for our environment via our ‘Clean and Green’ sanitation exercise. The approach is to teach the residents on cleanliness of the environment, proper disposal of the waste and prompt payment to such services.

“Much was achieved through this voluntary exercise but how to do dispose the waste was a bitter experience. Waste is money and the state government should direct more energy on partnering with the residents.”

The CLI, which is a new waste management policy of the State Government, was established to address, enforce and regulate the challenges in the solid waste management systems within the State in line with global best practices.

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