A civil society group, Greater Lagos Youths (GLY) has called for the cooperation of Lagos residents and stakeholders to ensure success of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), saying the call for the termination of a contract signed by the Lagos State Government with an environmental utility group, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions will worsen waste management situation in Lagos State.
GLY in a statement signed by its National President, Kayode Gbadamosi, which is an amalgamation of over 60 youths’ groups drawn from across the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas of Lagos State noted that it was too early in the day to dismiss the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) as a failure.
According to the group, the call was not only misguided but hasty and irresponsible.
A group, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), had asked the State Government to terminate the contract with Visionscape, alleging unsatisfactory handling of waste in the State.
Gbadamosi condemned the position of the group, stating that it was pretending to serve the interest of the larger society, while in reality it was doing the hatchet job for it’s paymasters which were at variance with the vision of the Lagos State Government.
According to GLY, “ It is not unlikely that the resurgence of heaps of waste across the state is the handiwork of saboteurs who have now being complemented by the irrational call for its termination.
“For our information and education, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions is a tested and trusted environmental concern which has proved its mettle in its area of competence in over 13 countries across the globe, so what is this group talking about?”
The group said the CLI was introduced to address the challenges in the environmental sector with the focus of aligning the state with top cities in the world having effective and efficient waste management system.
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