Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the state government is investing N3 billion to transform three major dumpsites to change narratives of waste management in the state.
The governor who disclosed this yesterday during the commissioning of 102 locally-built compactor trucks at the State House, Alausa, said N2billion had been invested in the better management of the Solous and Abule-Egba dumpsites.
Sanwo-Olu said another N1billion is currently being expended on the project.
He said, “You will recall that on assumption of office two years ago, one of the first thing I did was to visit the Olusosun Landfill in Ojota. This visit was not accidental. We were and still remain determined to rewrite the narrative of waste management in Lagos State, for the better. This determination has seen us already investing more than N2 billion towards the rehabilitation of dumpsites across our state. Another N1 billion is currently being invested in the construction of three new transfer loading stations to provide the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the effective delivery of solid waste management services.
“Today, we take delivery of 102 waste collection vehicles comprising, thirty 12 cubic metre compactor trucks; sixty 24 cubic metre compactor trucksand 12 hook loaders. Additionally, we have procured 100 double Dino bins. This represents one of the largest singular investments ever in the waste management sector in the state. We are confident that the addition of these new assets to our existing ones will very quickly bring about very visible improvements in waste evacuation and reduce the incidence of black spots that blight our roads and clog our drains.”
Sanwo-Olu also thanked the hardworking staff of LAWMA, the truck drivers, motor boys, street sweepers, dumpsite workers, mechanics and technicians, equipment operators, and all staff of the PSPs, who provide one service or another across the entire waste management value chain.
He urged Lagos residents to pay their waste bill, noting that climate change is real and Lagos residents should work towards a cleaner Lagos which also prevent Covid-19 from spreading.
Also speaking, managing director of LAWMA , Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, said the agency had faced acute shortage of compactor trucks to do critical intervention assignments. With waste generation on the increase on daily basis, it has been a challenging task till date.
He added that despite the surge of COVID-19, none of Lagos sweepers dies of the pandemic even when involved in the medical waste evacuation.
He said: “Lagos State is the fifth largest economy in Africa, with a population in excess of 20 million people. The pressure, resulting from the huge population, added to the volume of economic activities, expectedly triggers huge increases in the volume of waste generated across the state. As at today, no less than 15,000 metric tonnes of solid waste, is generated in the state on daily basis. This challenge necessitates, that LAWMA has an impressive truck fleet to cope effectively.”
He added that LAWMA enjoyed steady and consistent support of the current administration through the continuous improvement and expansion of Olusosun Landfill; its road network, and on-going capping, among others. He said that the road rehabilitation exercise, has drastically reduced the man-hours wasted by trucks in long queues, thereby boosting total daily tuck trips to 800, from a paltry 357, in the recent past.