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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Nigeria most busy state, Lagos now among dirtiest cities in the world, says PSP operators

Nigeria most busy state, Lagos now among dirtiest cities in the world, says PSP operators

The Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, popularly known as
Public Private Participation, says Lagos State has now become one of the
dirtiest cities in the world.

The Vice-Chairman of AWAM, Mr David Oriyomi, who made the
assertion on Tuesday in Lagos while speaking with newsmen, said the city
had become dirty due to deliberate attempts to relieve the waste
managers of their job.

Oriyomi, said that Governor Akinwumi Ambode introduction of the
Cleaner Lagos Initiative in 2016, with the intention of a single foreign
company known as “Visionscape” to take over the residential waste
collection from 350 PSP, led to improper waste management.

According to him, this came as a rude shock to the AWAM as there was no consultation.

“The most disturbing is that if implemented, it would have resulted
in massive business closure and majority of our over 25,000 employees
would have lost their jobs.

“We made frantic efforts to see and appeal to the governor, but to no avail.

“After various false start dates, the initiative was launched by
placing bins indiscriminately across the state with very little
provision to evacuate the heaps of waste.

“This was responsible for the increase in the volume of waste on the highways and medians.

“Our city was returned to pre-1999 era and the once celebrated clean
city has now become one of the dirtiest cities in the world,” he said.

Oriyomi said that AWAM went to the court to seek redress to protect their investment.

He added that the redress made the foreign company to offer members
of AWAM their job back, as a subcontractor with uneconomically and
unsustainable terms.

The vice-chairman said that this was outrightly rejected by the waste managers, as they considered it to be economic slavery.

He said that the PSP continued to make desperate appeals to the
government, the House of Assembly, Leaders of the APC party and to the
National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

According to him, government has yet to provide waste managers with
the bankable agreement that will enable them to make further necessary
investment in waste management.

“The government has continued to play lip-service to the issue of
dumpsites which remains the major bottleneck to effective waste

The environmentalist said that such injustice should not be allowed
to continue as the health and well-being of residents of Lagos must be
paramount to all.

“It is therefore, with great hope that we welcome the emergence of
the new governorship aspirants, particularly of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“Sanwo-Olu has promised to run a participatory government and resolve the protracted waste crisis facing our beloved state.

“For this reason, we in AWAM have decided to align ourselves with Mr
Babajide Sanwo-Olu and pledge our full support to him in the forthcoming
elections,” he said.

Oriyomi said that the decision was taken in the best interest of the environment.

He said that AWAM remained committed to servicing the great residents of the centre of excellence.

“It is time to clean up our city, we did it before, we are able and
willing to actualise the Lagos of our dreams,” the vice-chairman said.

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