Not too long ago, everywhere one turned to in Lagos, heaps of refuse stared at us. This was equally with their accompanying health hazard.
The situation was the result of the change in the method of refuse disposal in the State.
In 2016, Governor Akinwumi Ambode introduced the Cleaner Lagos Initiative. The intention was for a single company known as “Visionscape” to take over the residential waste collection from 350 PSP operators. Sadly, the transit from the PSP to Visionscape led to unimpressive waste management in the State.
We can definitely say Lagos is a lot cleaner than it was six months ago.
We have cleaned up a lot of the internal roads and we are also working on transfer loading stations.
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) December 11, 2019
However, shortly before Ambode’s departure from the seat of authority in the state, the Lagos State House of Assembly has ordered the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state to call on the Private Sector Partnership (PSP) operators in their areas to go back to refuse packing job with immediate effect.
Shortly, afterwards, there appeared to be some measure of improvement in waste management.
Still, a whole lot more needed to be done.