…Say wastes have taken over Lagos homes and streets
Community leaders in the mainland area of Lagos have called on the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to intervene as a matter of urgency in the ongoing misunderstanding between the local PSP waste operators and the state government to save Lagos from imminent take over by refuse dumps.
The community leaders, who say they represent a cross section of Community Development Associations, CDAs, from across the Mainland, Lagos, said they are unable to keep silent any more when their people are choking from piles of wastes in their homes and streets, claiming that unless Asiwaju Tinubu makes the incumbent Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, to see reason and urgently restore sanity in the state’s waste management, the state would face disastrous health consequences from built-up wastes in homes, drainage channels and streets as a result of the decision of the present government to stop the PSP operators from domestic waste collection.
“We are faced with the possible twin problem of massive flooding and outbreak of diseases with current situation in Lagos.
The waste dumps that once lived with us until the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration came and battled strenuously to consign them to history are again sprouting all over the place.
“As community leaders, our people are asking questions but we are unable to give them satisfactory reasons we have to return to this path. We were paying the waste operators, we didn’t complain and they were coming to remove the waste from house to house.
Our environment was clean and tidy, then we decided to change a winning team, knowing that if you make such a change mid-way, what you get is what we are experiencing now.
Our environment is fast deteriorating, it is clear now that the new company His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has brought to replace the PSP operators, who were deployed to manage domestic waste collection from ward to ward, cannot effectively cope with the collection of the huge volume of waste daily generated across Lagos.
“We appeal, therefore, that Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, known for his undiluted love for the people of Lagos, intervenes and prevails on Governor Ambode to kindly overlook whatever wrong the PSP operators may have done in the interest of the people, temper justice with mercy and find a way to bring them back to work side by side and hand in hand with the new waste managers to take Lagos out of the looming waste disaster,” they appealed.