Lagos State Government has promised to open up avenues at the Olusosun and Igundu dumpsites to improve the turnaround time of waste dump by PSP operators.
The PSP operators, who protested and marched to the government house to present their grievances to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, were told by the Commissioner for The Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare of the government’s resolve to assist them.
Adejare had to lead the PSP operators to one of the Olusosun dumpsite at Ojota to demonstrate what the government intends to do to ease their work.
The Chairman of the PSP operators, Mr. Olabode Coker had informed the commissioner that operators spend between a day and two at the dumpsites waiting for their turn to dump waste, a process, he claimed should not take more than 30 minutes if the system worked properly.
Coker said the two dumpsites in use were inaccessible and that this situation inhibited turnaround time for his members. “Basically, you are expected to pick waste from the metropolis and drop them at the dumpsite within 30 minutes but now, we are sleeping in the place for two days with the concessionaries awarded to do the job.”
He urged the government to assist the concessionaires to enable them build the sanitary landfill sites early. “In the dumpsite, there is, only one bulldozer, if there is government intervention in the dump sites, there is no reason to stay for one hour at the dumpsites. The resultant effect is that Lagosians are experiencing terrible waste problem because of the dumpsites, which are saturated with waste.”
collection and disposal of wastes in Lagos State, Coker said the
critical issue is that it was agreed that every operator with capacity to operate with a minimum of two trucks is eligible to be licenced as an operator.
He however expressed worries that about 122 of their member with adequate capacity are yet to absolved in the scheme as agreed during the settlement meeting Coker further stated that the operators do not also want to be limited to commercial waste, which attract about N300million a month unlike the domestic waste that generate N800 per month.
An operator, Madam Ladeola alleged that their plight may stem from sabotage, stating that “the PSP operators are still functioning. We are doing our jobs. Some of us can go two rounds, but how can we do that when our loaded trucks are yet to be evacuated?
“We want to appeal to the governor to intervene in the dumpsite and provide the funding, they cannot leave the concessionaires only for that job because it is affecting the environment and the waste fleet all around Lagos is increasing by the day.”