To address the challenge of refuse littering some parts of Lagos State during the State’s transition to the new solid waste management system, the Lagos State Government has activated a sanitation intervention programme.
The Sanitation Intervention Programme, which became necessary to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the effort to achieve a clean, hygienic State, has afforded the State Government the opportunity to evacuate refuse from the nooks and crannies of the state as the intervention, which began since the third week of June, 2017, has taken place in all LGAs and LCDAs in Lagos State.
Consequently, refuse dumped indiscriminately in places such as Ojuwoye, Mushin, Eti-Osa, Agege, Alimosho, Ojo, Ikeja, Badagary, Oshodi-Isolo, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland etc, have been promptly carted away in order to restore clean, hygienic environment in those areas.
The intervention programme is a fall out of the fact that Lagos State is currently going through a transition in the management of solid waste generated in the State.
It should be recalled that the Akinwunmi Ambode Administration, being so passionate about the environment, has taken the bold step to initiate a reform in the sector with the introduction of an holistic, more sustainable and efficient system, tagged the Cleaner Lagos Initiative to replace the old order.
As in every transitional period, the litters of refuse being witnessed in some parts of the State is part of the temporary challenges of the transition to the new system of solid waste management in Lagos State, which will soon be a thing of the past as the Cleaner Lagos Initiative takes full effect in few weeks to come.
As the ultimate beneficiaries of the new system, which not only promises to enhance the aesthetics of the State but also with the potential to further deepen the economy of Lagos State by evolving a new viable sub-sector of the economy and alleviating poverty, Lagosians are urged to cooperate with the government by desisting from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorized places and by being the vanguard of their environment.
Assistant Director (Public Affairs)
3rd July, 2017