Lagosians decry resurgence of refuse in the state


…as Visionscape comes to the rescue

By Dada Jackson

Against the backdrop of the resurgence of refuse across the nooks and crannies of the state, Lagosians have appealed to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to find a lasting solution to this ugly development that has become a source of concern to the people.

A cross section of residents of Agege, Idimu and Ikotun who spoke with Nigerian NewsDirect who was on a fact finding tour of dark spots in the state however commended the timely intervention of Visionscape Sanitation Solutions Limited, an innovative environmental utility group for  coming to their rescue.

A resident of Orile Agege Rasaki Tiamiyu said that of late, the volume of refuse has increased in their locality but was to point out, that with the intervention of Visionscape, the situation has been drastically brought under control.

According to him, the PSP operators servicing his area have stopped coming to evacuate their refuse, adding that this development has caused a lot of discomfort to the residents of the area.

He wondered what would have happened if Visinscape did not come to evacuate the massive refuse in the area last week.

Speaking in similar vein, a market leader at the Moshood Abiola Model Market who simply gave her name as Alhaja Monsurat (for fear of being victimised) hinted that in the last two weeks, the heaps of refuse in an around the market had become an eyesore until Visionscape came to evacuate it.

Her words ‘’We have been experiencing untold hardship as a result of the offensive smell from the refuse that have suddenly resurfaced because of the absence of the PSP operators who have stopped coming to evacuate the waste. But we heaved a sigh of relief penultimate week when we saw personnel of Visionscape who said they were in the vicinity to clear the refuse. This they did with dexterity’’.

At Isolo Way, which is a notorious dark spot for refuse congestion, Nigerian NewsDirect was informed by some residents that for some time now, they have been experiencing foul odour from the massive refuse that have dotted the landscape.

Chukuemeka Orji, a spare parts dealer in the area said that the traders were contemplating an alternative for the removal of the heaps of refuse before the intervention Visionscape.

According to him, the traders were happy to see officials of the company with their equipment as they swung into action ‘’and before you knew, they have cleared the refuse’’.

At Egbe(in the Ile Iwe axis which witnessed a high volume of refuse) residents of the area lamented the upsurge in reuse, hinting that it might not be unconnected with the refusal of the PSP operators to clear it.

Ahmed Mustapha, a cart pusher says the absence of the PSP operators was a blessing in disguise.

According to him, they were making brisk business with the development, adding that the PSP operators were not allowing them to function at optimal level.

When reminded that it was an offence for them to operate in the state, he retorted ‘’shey I no go chop. How you want make I feed my family’’.

It would be recalled, that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode earlier in the year, said that in order to meet the waste management demands of the state, the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) would be developed.

At a Town Hall meeting last week in Epe, Ambode said the CLI would be fully launched in September.

This development has not gone down well with Lagosians who say between now and September with the PSP operators refusing to clear waste, the tendency for the state to be overwhelmed with refuse cannot be ruled out.

However, with the intervention of Visionscape’s ‘’Operation Deep Clean’’ in the evacuation of waste, Lagosians are beginning to heave a sigh of relief.

It would be recalled, that Visionscape penultimate week evacuated 12,600 tonnes of waste in the state in just 10 days.


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