By Olasunkanmi Akoni
lagos—Pending the full operation of the new Cleaner Lagos Initiative, CLI, officials of the Lagos State Government, and 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, yesterday, commenced immediate evacuation of heaps of refuse across the state aimed at ensuring a cleaner Lagos,
Earlier, as part of measures to clear heaps of refuse that littered across the state, the 57 chairmen of local government and local council development Areas, LCDAs, in the state had on Tuesday, disclosed plans to collaborate with the state’s government in a 24 hours’ evacuation of refuse to complement the CLI, the new waste management policy of the state.
Barely 24 hours when a new collaboration was announced,men of the CLI, in collaboration with council workers mobolised trucks to various areas where there were heaps of refuse to remove them.
Mini compactors of Visionscape, conveyors of tCLI were sighted removing refuse in Agege, Ikeja, Ifako-Ijaiye, ketu, and others.
Speaking, Chairman of Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area, Apostle, Toba Oke, on his comment, said: “There is no going back on the partnership to rid Lagos of filth and Ifako Ijaiye LG, has already started in this direction.”
As part of measures to clear heaps of refuse in the state, the 57 Chairmen of LGAs and LCDAs, had at an emergency meeting Tuesday, unfolded plans to evacuate the heaps of refuse to complement the state government efforts.
Also, Special Adviser to the Governor on Cleaner Lagos Initiatives, CLI, Mr. Rasheed Shabi, said the government had carried out an extensive awareness in local councils and was also collaborating with Community Development Associations and Community Development Committees to get residents 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.
Similarly, 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.
The chairmen who met under the auspices of Conference 57, in a communiqué read by the group’s Chairman, Hon. Omolara Essien, said among others: “We appreciate the enormous difficulties and the challenging logistics which the establishment of a new agency to collect waste for 22 million residents would present to any government in any circumstances. Therefore, the current presence of un-cleared 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.”