Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos StateÂ on FridayÂ launched theÂ new environmental management policy encapsulated in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), expressing optimism that the development would drive the State to achieving clean,Â hygienic and flood-free environment.
Speaking at the soft launch of the CLI held at Agege Stadium, Governor Ambode said the initiative was an enduring solution carefully designed to address the shortcomings in the management of the environment, as well as accelerate seamless cleaning of the State.
The Governor, who was represented by the Stateâ€™s Deputy Governor, Mrs.Â Idiat Adebule, said since the inception of his administration, sanitation had been given priority as it was important for maintaining a secure and more prosperous State.
While recalling the signing of the Environmental Management Protection Law which he performed in March 2017, Governor Ambode said deliberate reforms to revolutionise the solid waste management sector in line with international best practices had been put in place through the CLI, and urged the people to support government in its bid to transform the sector.
â€œTo roll back sanitation shortcomings and accelerate seamless cleaning of our environment, the Lagos megacity was in dire need of an enduring solution that would match the needed technology with the massive investment required for its attainment.
â€œIt is this void that the CLI has come to fill by creating an environment for the private sector to harness international best practices in the vital area of solid waste management and consequently free public funds for other beneficial uses.
â€œAs a result, residential waste collection and processing which is concessioned to a reputable and competent multinational Waste Services Company is being given a new lease of life with 600 brand new compactors and 900,000 electronically tracked bins, while wastes generated by the commercial sector would be handled by licensed waste management operators (PSP),â€he assured.
Governor Ambode added that for efficient collection and disposal operations, the State Government had also concessioned three Transfer Loading Stations/Material Recovery Facilities at Agege, Oshodi and Simpson and three Waste Depots at Mushin, Ogudu and Simpson with the aim of rehabilitating and retrofitting the facilities to world class standard.