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By Olasunkanmi Akoni
lagos—Following indiscriminate dumping of refuse across the state, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has directed the new 57 council chairmen to embark on daily evacuation of waste in their locality, pending official kick off of Cleaner Lagos Initiative, CLI, next month.
Ambode also disclosed that work on the proposed expansion and reconstruction of the Oshodi-International Airport Road would commence next month.
CLI, an international Public Private Partnership, PPP, arrangement to be launched by the state government will take over operations of erstwhile Public Sector Participation, PSP, in waste management.
The governor, revealed these yesterday at the Third quarterly Town Hall Meeting, 8th in the series, held at Badore Ferry Terminal while responding to questions from concerned citizens bordering on the increasing heaps of refuses in most parts of the state.
He said he gave the directive to the new chairmen at a meeting held in Alausa, shortly after their inauguration..
Also in attendance at the town hall meeting, were: The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, members of the State Executive Council, members of the House of Assembly, top government functionaries, party chieftains, traditional rulers, among others.
He said the council chairmen had been directed to quickly mobilise to put machinery in place to rid streets of wastes within their areas.
Also speaking at the forum, Ambode said arrangements have been concluded by international investors and experts who are bringing in 500 compactor trucks to collect and process domestic wastes in all parts of Lagos, at no direct cost to the government.
Ambode urged the people to be patient with his administration as the plan which is a holistic and comprehensive waste management policy was currently in its gestation period.
He said when the operation finally commences, it will adequately address the present huge 13,000 tonnes of waste generated daily that would be collected in line with international best practices, while all parts of the state would be kept clean always.
The Governor however, urged residents to adopt new attitude towards waste disposal and desist from dumping them in drainages and canals, which often lead to flooding, assuring that the government would provide adequate bins to discourage indiscriminate dumping.
Bid for 181 inner roads
Governor Ambode, who described the current state of roads as unacceptable, said that work would begin in earnest come September rainfall break across the metropolis.
On the delay in the commencement of rehabilitation of 181 inner roads that he promised, he said the development was due to the fluctuation in dollar rate at the time the bid was last opened, but that a new bid would be opened in the next two weeks, while work would also commence in September.
Oshodi-Intl Airport road project
On the Oshodi-International Airport Road, Ambode said the construction, which has already been awarded, would see the transformation of the road from four lanes to 10 lanes from Oshodi to the International Airport with interchange and flyover that would drop commuters to the Local Airport.
Transformation of Badore/Ajah projects
As part of the initiatives to enhance commuting within the state, the Governor said new modern bus terminals would be constructed commencing from this quarter in Marina, Ajah, Ojota, Agege, Iju Ishaga and Iyana Ipaja, while as part of the integrated transport system, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) would be constructed to connect Badore Jetty to Ajah.
He added that the Badore Road would be expanded at its entrance from Ajah Roundabout, while plans are underway to construct Oke-Ira Nla Road as an alternative to totally eliminate traffic along the axis.
Responding to complaints by a resident of the axis, Mrs Abiodun Dina over the activities of dredgers who are responsible for the poor state of the road as well as parking indiscriminately on the road thereby subjecting people to avoidable traffic snarl, Ambode warned that in as much as government was not interested in shutting down businesses, he would be forced to apply stiff penalty by banning their operation if the dredgers fail to comply with their rules of engagement.