—Says we’ve cleared 2,000 illegal dump sites out of 5,000
By Kingsley Adegboye
Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, VSS, an integrated environmental utility company engaged by Lagos State Government to manage waste across the state, disclosed at the weekend that it is concentrating its attention on clearance of illegal dump sites otherwise known as black spots that litter the state before embarking on door-to- door collection of refuse.
Making the disclosure at an interactive session with journalists organised by Visionscape, its head of Planning, Mr. Kiran Reddy, said of the approximately 5,000 black spots discovered during a baseline study of the state, Visionscape has cleared 2,000, pointing out that “what we are doing for now, is black spots intervention, and once we finish clearing the illegal refuse dump sites on the streets, we will then embark on door-to-door collection of refuse in the state.
According to Reddy, “We found approximately 5,000 black spots with waste from five tonnes to 150 tonnes and we have cleaned up approximately 2,000 black spots. We rented trucks, used pay loaders just to clean these dump sites.”
Highlighting other implementation efforts of the organisation, he informed that over 15,000 bins had been distributed across the state and by the end of August, over 20,000 galvanised bins would have been distributed, adding that four million plastic bags had been distributed to residents of Lagos State.
The head of Planning said that 10 million plastic bags will equally be distributed before the end of the year.
Explaining the efforts of the company to get rid of refuse in the state, the Head of Corporate Communications, Motunrayo Elias averred that over 100 waste collection operators, WCOs, had been absorbed by Visionscape to facilitate waste collection in the state.
Elias said: “Our plan is to service all the residential areas in the streets of Lagos State. We have a lot of black spots or illegal dump sites in the state. We want to clear all the black spots before moving into the residential areas.”
Elias who commended PSP for all the work they did before the arrival of Visionscape, said the company was willing to work with PSP. “We are willing to work with the PSP and we have made progress in our discussion with them. Resolution with PSP has been reached, and any moment from now, an announcement will be made to that effect,” she said.
Elias who noted that contrary to public opinion, some progress had been made within the short period Visionscape commenced full operations, stressing that what is required now, is for the organisation to embark on advocacy programme at the grassroots level for the public to know what the company is doing in terms of waste management and the role of the residents to make the project a huge success.
No cause for alarm on House of Assembly resolution – Visionscape
In a related development, Visionscape has said there is no cause for alarm over the resolution of the Lagos State House of Assembly to summon the executive arm of the state government to explain the state of waste management in the state.
The House of Assembly had in a resolution invited the Accountant-General of the state, Mrs. Abimbola Umar and three members of the State Executive Council, to brief its ad hoc committee on all issues surrounding waste management in Lagos and the role and status of Visionscape.
The invited commissioners are Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem; Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade and the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti.
But responding to the invitation, Mr.Dipo Wintoki of Visionscape said the House of Assembly was performing its statutory function and there was no cause for alarm since Visionscape had a valid contract with the state government.
According to him, “The the contract was awarded through regular and due process. The Lagos state government has an obligation to fulfil its part of the contract. The process of awarding the contract to Visionscape was not arbitrary. This will be resolved”.