By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
In an avowed determination to ensure a cleaner Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed the possibility of the return of the monthly Sanitation exercise.
According to the Governor,, the possibility would rather depend on the outcome of consultations with various stakeholders.
Sanwo-Olu gave the indication Friday, during a visit to the Olusosun dump site in furtherance of his pledge to improve the environmental situation as contained in the first Executive Order on Environmental and Sanitation Matters signed recently.
He said, ” We are going to ask Lagosians if they want us to return the three-hour monthly sanitation exercise to ensure that we have a cleaner city. Though I have my own view, we will still ask Lagosians,” he said.
Accompanied by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, the Governor said the team was there to validate the Executive Order signed by him on environmental matter, adding that the site is where 70 percent of waste is received.
His words, “We are here today to validate the Executive Order we signed. This is where we receive 70 per cent of the waste in Lagos. The facility is 28years old so we want to ensure that it can receive waste for the next 23years’’.
He also disclosed the plan to expand the dumpsite to accommodate more waste, saying: “We want to expand the facility to 42 acres so that trucks can have a quicker turn around time”.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the building under construction at the entrance of the site would be used to train and retrain the staff and create more jobs for the people, adding that the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) would be strengthened to collect recyclable materials necessary for the creation of more jobs.
He expressed confidence that the revenue derivable from waste will be properly harnessed to make life more meaningful to the people of the State.