Lagos intensifies waste evacuation across metropolis

The Lagos State Government has intensified waste evacuation in black spots and illegal dump sites across the metropolis.

It is doing it in partnership with Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, the environmental utility group contracted to implement the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).

Evacuation of filth has been carried out and still ongoing in major areas including Falomo Bridge, Obalende, Ikoyi, Mushin, Ikeja, Ipaja, Agege, Oshodi.

The clean-up exercise, which was simultaneously going on across the state, is in line with “Operation Deep Clean,” a stop-gap measure designed to keep the city clean pending the full transition to the new waste management policy of the State Government encapsulated in the CLI.

CLI was established to address, enforce and regulate the challenges in the solid waste management systems within the State in line with global best practices.

Speaking after observing the evacuation of heaps of refuse in Ikeja Along Bus Stop on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, a resident of the area, Mr Babatunde Bamidele commended the State Government and Visionscape for the exercise, saying it was obvious that a good job was done.

He said: “What they have done here is very good. Everywhere is clean now. I will only appeal to them to keep up the good work by coming regularly.”

Another resident, Tanwa Babarinde, who operates a public toilet in Ikeja, urged the State Government to designate officials to monitor the area, especially at night to prevent indiscriminately dumping of refuse.

She said: “I like what Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is doing to make the State clean. The Visionscape people have been here to clean up this area and they did a very good job.

“My only appeal to the state government is to designate their officials here especially at night to prevent indiscriminate dumping of waste because anytime they clean up the illegal dump site here, before the next day, you will see heaps of refuse again meaning that some people are coming here to dump waste at night,” Babarinde said.