Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured Lagosians that the cleaner Lagos Initiative which reviewed the state’s environmental laws would reduce rather than increase the hardship faced by the people with the imposition of stringent taxes.
Governor Ambode who stated this in a media chat, described the initiative as a creative solution to the seemingly intractable refuse problem, bedevilling the state.
“Cleaner Lagos Initiative is borne out of my experience as a Lagosian. I have lived in Lagos for over fifty years. When you are coming into Lagos from Ibadan, the first thing you see on the right side is the dump site.
“Should I sit and continue to watch, the answer is no. Even for imagination sake, that thing can work, all I need is players and team members. The city is very dirty. It is not healthy and so our total wellbeing and health is defined by our health status and our productivity,” Governor Ambode declared.
He said, “I think by now people should know that I am a dreamer and I want people to dream along with me. This is like a vision. I sit down here as governor. I have been given the opportunity to process something and improve on it and I don’t want to misuse it.”
He said the initiative will give equal attention to all nooks and crannies of Lagos State from Ikoyi to Ayobo, adding that the consortium will divide refuse collection into layers and make the existing PSP operators bankable to carry out the job of commercial refuse collection while the consortium tackles collection of domestic refuse across the state.