Exactly six days after the Olusosun dumpsite in Ojota, Lagos Mainland was razed by fire, residents of the community, as well as business owners who battle regularly with the thick smoke and emissions from the burning site, have aired their thoughts on the incident which has left parts of the area covered in ashes.
Recall that last Wednesday, scavengers and those working around the site had to scamper for safety after parts of the dumpsite was gutted by fire. As a result, thick smokes and ashes from the burning dumpsite have continued to cover the sky with residents of the area having to bear with it.
Presently, the location is filled with waste trucks parked on different sections of the road connecting the dumpsite with Ojota through the Ikorodu Road expressway.
When an InsideMainland correspondent visited the site earlier today, Monday, March 19, 2018, some scavengers were seen leaving the site with their properties they could salvage from the inferno.
InsideMainland gathered exclusively that an accident involving the driver of Toyota saloon car occurred in the axis this morning. The accident InsideMainland learnt, was caused by the thick emissions from the area as the driver crashed into a truck parked by the roadside. Luckily, the driver escaped the accident unhurt with his car subsequently towed away from the scene.
Similarly, there is Police presence around the dumpsite. InsideMainland gathered the security operatives were stationed in the location to quickly attend to any emergencies where necessary.
Speaking to InsideMainland, a worker at the Total petrol station close to the dumpsite said a colleague had an attack last Friday but was saved with the immediate intervention of people around him. “I can’t confirm if he was asthmatic or not because he has never shown it nor had such attack before. He was having difficulty breathing but people quickly attended to him. We were told he must have inhaled emissions from the burning site which could have triggered the attack,” the source said.
Another Ojota resident, Mr. Semiu Kujoro said the situation has become unbearable for his family. “It has not been easy for us who are resident of the area. We have been finding life difficult and have to battle with blurred vision and coughs at times because of the continuous exposure to the smoke and ashes coming from the site.”
“We are not sure of when the emissions would stop but we need the government to act on it. We don’t just want them to visit but find a lasting solution to prevent the damages the burning site can cause to the health of residents and the environment,” he added.
Meanwhile, days after the fire incident, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode visited the site adding that his administration has concluded plans to relocate the dumpsite in a bid to erect a more eco-friendly and healthy structure.