The 57 Chairmen of Local Government and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos State on Tuesday threw their weight behind the new waste management policy of the State Government encapsulated in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative.
Rising from an emergency meeting on the resurgence of refuse on major highways and road medians across the State, the Chairmen expressed optimism in the effectiveness of the new policy to birth a comprehensive and world class waste management system, just as they urged residents to cooperate with government during the transition period.
The council chiefs, who met under the auspices of Conference 57, their umbrella body, commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his vision to improve the cleanliness of the environment through a total sanitation solution and engagement of an environmental utility group, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, to implement the new waste policy.
In a communiqué read at the end of the meeting by the group’s Chairman, Hon. Omolara Essien, the council chiefs attributed the uncleared waste in some parts of the State to the transition period, but said it had become necessary to appeal to residents to exercise patience with government, as all hands were on deck to resolve the situation as quick as possible.
The chairmen said: “We appreciate the enormous difficulties and the challenging logistics which the establishment of a new agency to collect waste for 22million residents would present to any government in any circumstances. Therefore, the current presence of uncleared waste is a result of the transition from an old system that was considered not efficient enough to a new system which effectiveness has also been recorded in other parts of the world.
“We are aware that Visionscape has successfully set up its system in Lagos State. It has employed personnel to carry out many of these functions. It has also been able to receive some percentage of its equipment which it is deploying gradually to residential areas and also trying to evacuate waste.
“Unfortunately, the bad practice of taking residential waste to medians which was in nefarious activities of those who wanted to avoid paying PSP contractors in the old era has continued and is threatening to sabotage the current efforts of the government to quickly evacuate waste. This has been worsened by the activities of the cart pushers who collect money from innocent citizens but dump their refuse on the medians.”
The chairmen specifically commended the State Government for re-asserting the ban on cart pushers, warning that anyone found to be involved in such illegal activities, henceforth, would be made to face the wrath of the law.
In the meantime, the council bosses said the 57 LGAs and LCDAs in the State would deploy security personnel and Vigilante to the main streets in their neighborhood to combat the menace, and also deploy more tippers and trucks to complement ongoing efforts to evacuate waste from road medians and in the communities, just as they urged Community Development Associations (CDAs) and the residents in general to team up with government to restore a clean environment across the State.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, on his part, assured residents that Government was working round the clock to clear the waste from the streets and road medians, however urging residents to desist from patronising cart pushers.
“What we are witnessing is a phase, but Government has mobilised all its machinery and you can see that the local governments and local council development areas are also on board to ensure that we evacuate these waste in the shortest possible time,” Bamigbetan said.
Also Speaking, Special Adviser to the Governor on CLI, Mr. Rasheed Shabi said the government has carried out an extensive awareness in local governments and is also collaborating with Community Development Associations (CDAs) and Community Development Committees (CDCs) to get Lagosians ready for the new phase of waste management.
Shabi also assured that efforts would be intensified to clear up waste dumped on road medians across the State within the next 72 hours.
Also speaking, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri urged residents to embrace the new initiative and resist the temptation to dump refuse on road medians.
“My advice is that people should not be inpatient by taking their refuse to the roads, but they should pack it neatly in front of their houses, Visionscape is up to the task, they have started distributing waste bins and very soon they would get to our houses,” Quadri said.
Police arrest six cultists, suspected robber in Lagos
Operatives of “Operation Crush’’ attached to Alapere Police Division in Lagos State, have arrested six suspected cultists.
The arrested cultists, believed to belong to the “Eiye and Aiye’’ confraternities, were arrested for their alleged involvement in series of violent attacks in the area.
DSP Bala Elkana, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Lagos
State Police Command, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
Elkana said some gangsters suspected to be members of Eiye and Aiye confraternities, had earlier engaged themselves in a battle of supremacy with dangerous weapons at Demurin area, Alapere.
“The team, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Alapere arrested two key leaders of the gangs namely, Olawale Toheeb, 22, and Joseph Obinna, 25,” he said.
The DSP said that investigation was extended to the gangs’ hideout at Mack Brown Hotel, Church Street, Alapere where four additional suspects were also apprehended’.
According to Elkana, the suspects were Obasi Ekene, 21, Promise Onoja, 18, Ogoekeweri Omokosi, 24 and Saviour Edet, 23.
“The suspects confessed to belonging to Eiye and Aiye confraternities respectively and are responsible for series of violent attacks recorded in Alapere and its environ.
“A large quantity of weed suspected to be Indian Hemp, short axes and cutlasses were recovered from their hideouts.
“Investigation has been concluded and the suspects will be charged to court,” Elkana said.
Also, a team of policemen from the Langbasa Police Station arrested a suspected armed robber, Ayobami Adegbite, 23, allegedly responsible for attacking passersby at Kekere bus stop, Adoh Ajah and UTC area of Lagos.
Elkana said Adegbite, the gang leader alongside his members, had used dangerous guns and cutlasses to dispossess unsuspecting victims of their valuables.
“Earlier, Langbasa Police Station received a distress call that some miscreants were attacking passersby at Kekere Bus stop with dangerous weapons.
“On sighting the police, the hoodlums opened fire but were over powered by our team.
“Adegbite, who led the gang was arrested with one short gun, one digital camera and N16,000 they took from a victim.
“The suspect confessed to the crime and has given some useful information concerning the operations of his gang,’’ he said.
The PPRO, however, explained that the Operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Ikeja had taken over the investigation and were on the trail of the fleeing members of the gang.
Lists Of Roads Lagos Govt Will Be Working On Immediately
Lagos Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared a state of emergency on all Lagos roads and has mandated some selected construction companies to start work on rehabilitation as from today.
The roads that will be rehabilitated and reconstructed include but are not limited to;
IKEJA ZONE – Network of roads in Oregun
IKEJA G.R.A – Network roads in Ikeja G- R- A
Badagry (from Agbara to Badagry) – Agboju to Okokomaiko
IKORODU ZONE – Ketu /Ojota section of Ikorodu – Ijede road to Ewu-Elepe – Oba Sekumade road – Agric Isawo road – Imota to the rice mill
EPE ZONE – Eleko junction to T- junction at Epe – Itoikin- Epe road – Completion of network of road up to Noforija/ Mojoda ( existing contract )
LEKKI AJAH – Abraham Adesanya Roundabout to Eleko Alternative Route to Admiralty circle plaza Lekki
VICTORIA ISLAND – Network of roads in Victoria island – Network of roads in Oniru estate – Water corporation drive
ABULE EGBA – Ekoro bridge, Abule Egba – Lagos Abeokuta expressway from Abule Egba to Sango to tollgate
MUSHIN – Idi Oro road, Mushin
IKOYI – Network of roads in Ikoyi
LAGOS ISLAND – Apongbon road – Idumagbo avenue
SURULERE – Babs Animashaun , Surulere
BADAGRY – Lagos Badagry expressway from trade fair to okomaiko ( existing contract) –
These are some of the roads that will be worked on immediately to reduce the stress people on these roads go through daily. We will update you with images as we get feedback from various locations across the state as work begins
Sanwo-Olu Okays Alliance With Ijegun Tank Farm Operators
…Lagos Governor Meets PZ Chairman, Directors
Residents of Ijegun area of Lagos State may now be relieved of the hardship they experience over the activities of oil tank farms and mega depot belonging to Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
On Monday, Lagos State Government and Ijegun-Egba Tank Farm Owners and Operators Association agreed to work together in the regeneration of infrastructure in the area. At a meeting with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Alausa, the leadership of the association requested the approval of the State Government to re-construct and dualise the road leading to the tank farm base in Ijegun.
Sanwo-Olu welcomed the development, saying the State would be setting up a team that would come up the partnership framework with the objective to make the deal beneficial to the residents, the Government and the tank farm owners.
The Governor hailed the tank farm owners for coming up with the intervention, noting that his government would remain open to partnerships that would bring solution to challenges facing people at the grassroots.
He said: “Today, we seem to have achieved significant progress on a conversation we started long before we came into the government on how to bring about a lasting solution to agitations from Ijegun residents over infrastructural challenge in the area.
“We want to see how we can quickly come about a lasting solution to the challenges, which businesses and residents are currently facing in the area. As a government, we have been forward looking to solutions, but we seek to solve the problem by seeking partnership that will benefit all of us. So, we welcome the request and we will set up a team that will jointly review what we need to do in the benefit of all stakeholders.
“It is going to be a partnership in which the Government would play a prominent role and we expect that, as business people, we all should collectively come together and see how we can resolve it in the interest of all stakeholders.”
Sanwo-Olu described operation of the tank farms as “critical component” of the nation’s economy, noting that his administration would not fail in responding to issues that would promote ease of doing business.
“As a Government, we have the responsibility to respond to the concerns of businessmen doing their businesses in Lagos to ensure that their business continue to flourish. But, more importantly, we also have a responsibility to keep protecting our citizens that are all around where the businesses are located to be sure that they are in a very safe and secured environment,” he said.
The association chairman, Mr. Adebowale Olujimi, praised the Governor for assenting to the request, noting that the offer was part of the interventions the tank farms owners were voluntarily engaging in through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy to solve challenges of development in Ijegun.
He said the association would be expecting to meet with the government’s team to harmonise the terms of the partnership, which would involve road construction and provision of healthcare facilities in the area.
Earlier, the Governor hosted the chairman of PZ Cussons Plc and members of the manufacturing company’s Board of Directors in his office on courtesy visit.
Sanwo-Olu said his administration’s ongoing drive for infrastructure renewal was aimed at incentivising the private sector to deliver the growth and promote ease of doing business.
The Governor said his government considered it important to constantly review the State’s PPP policy, with the objective to build strong partnership with the private sector players in bridging the development gap.
Chief Kola Jamodu, who led the PZ Cussons’ team, assured Sanwo-Olu that the firm would not be taking its business out of the State. He, however, urged the Governor to sustain his administration’s infrastructural renewal effort and incentivise private sector to drive growth.
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
OCTOBER 14, 2019
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