Following the resurgence of refuse heaps in isolated location across the state, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has secretly released 10 million naira each to the 57 council chairmen in the state to embark on daily evacuation of waste.

However, some of the Chairman have allegedly diverted the sum to personal uses.

The sum was released last week to the chairmen to mobilise trucks and personnel to rid the streets of waste.

For months now, Lagos State, once touted as one of the cleanest in Nigeria, has been witnessing cases of increasing refuse heaps in different parts of the state, leading to citizens becoming worried and alarmed.

The state has also announced a total ban on cart pushers who collect refuse.

Lagos residents generate 13,000 metric tonnes of waste daily, according to Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).

Bounce News gathered that Ambode decided to dole out the sum in order to meet the two weeks target set by state authorities.

Ambode had on January 20 while inaugurating the new board of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) said the current heaps of refuse occupying major highways and streets across the state would be a thing of the past.

He said: “I can assure you that in another two weeks, we will not be discussing the issue of resurgence of waste again in Lagos State. This is because more trucks are coming into Lagos to  clear the waste from the streets.”

Findings by Bounce News showed that most of the chairmen after receiving the money almost a week ago are yet to move a finger.

A visit round some of local governments in the state by our correspondent on Monday revealed that residents are yet to feel the impact of Ambode’s intervention.

Heaps of refuse are still sighted at Oshodi, Isolo, Mushin and Iyana-Ipaja areas.

Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Yaba are not different as heaps of refuse have literally taken over the landscape.

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When our correspondent visited Mushin Local government to know how the N10m released by Ambode was being spent, an official in the Chairman’s office directed our correspondent to the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) office along Isolo road, Mushin.

At the CLI office, our correspondent was told to direct all enquires to the VisionScope office on Alfred Rewane Street, Ikoyi.

An official, however, said the company has released a toll-free number, 08008792783 to residents of the state for complaints .

He said the essence of the number is to enable residents to reach out to Visionscape and report any pile of waste around their areas.

The helpline can be reached at any time,” the official said.

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