The residents of Ifako Ijaye and Agege in Lagos have expressed dissatisfaction on government’s inability to settle the waste disposal crisis that erupted in the state some months back which has now made living with waste in their home a lifestyle.
Recall that the sudden emergence of stinking site of heaps of refuse on the streets of Lagos some months ago began when the state government awarded the state refuse collection contract to Visionscape Sanitation Solution to manage the state’s waste so as to realize the state’s waste-to- wealth vision of Akinwuni Ambode led administration.
The contracts which came after the government terminated the service of the Local Private Sector Participant (PSP) now called Waste Collection Operators (WCO), just in weeks became a mess as the company was seen struggling to be efficient as refuse began to form heaps and ridges across the state.
As a result of the failure to manage the state’s waste and the likely epidemics this may cause the residents of Lagos, Visionscape secretly invited and re-engaged few private waste collectors which eventually led to the re-introduction of PSP because of lack of performance.
Our reporter who recently moved across Ifako Ijaiye and Agege Local Government Areas discovered that the union between Visionscape Sanitation Solution and the Waste Collection Operators has yielded no positive result as heaps of refuse still form ridges in our streets and share apartments with Lagosians.
A resident of Obawole in Ifako Ijaye, Mr Akinwale Akindele lamented that despite the readiness of people to pay for the disposal of the waste generated from their home, government is not ready to help. He said that people now share their apartment with waste.
Another resident who preferred to be called Blessing said “the Waste Collection Operators (WCO) contrary to the former agreement of per month billing of about N700.00 now charges waste according to size and still ineffective in its operation, leaving residents to sleep on the maggot, rodent and other crawling vermin caused by pile of refuse”.
To worsen the whole situation according to another resident who pleaded anonymity, the abokis who normally help residents to dispose their waste are being arrested, thereby leaving the whole system in mess.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Visionscape, Mr John Irving had earlier said concerning the truce between Visionscape and WCO that “both sides understand each other’s aspirations, and have chosen to focus on our commonalities, put the controversy behind us and move forward collectively as a community”
Even as a similar statement was made by WCO, the continuous site of refuse in public places in Lagos made it a mere statement without commitment, leaving the masses with more confusion about where to go and who to direct their cries.
A visit however by Nigerian NewsDirect to Ifako Ijaye Local Government, Agege Local Government, Lagos State Ministry of Environment to ascertain the boundaries of operation between Waste Collection Operators (WCO) and Visionscape Sanitation Solution yielded no positive result.