An operator with the former waste management firm in Lagos state Private Sector Participation (PSP), Fatai Oni, has offered some insight into why the mega city could become an eye-sore with heaps of refuse returning to parts of the metropolis.

Explaining why PSP trucks no longer go into neighbourhoods to collect waste as often as they used to in the past, Oni told Bounce News that the business is no longer as profitable.

According to him, besides giving their jobs to foreign firms at better terms and conditions, state authorities have refused to recognise and appreciate their roles in keeping the state clean over the years.

“Many of us in the business of waste collection are not getting the type of encouragement we should get from government and that is why everything seems to be at a standstill these days.

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“Even though there were so many areas we need to improve to serve members of the public better, I do not think we were doing badly.

"All we needed was just for the Lagos State Government to give us the type of support we needed to thrive.

"Instead, they went to bring foreign firms to take over the industry despite all the money that we have invested in making this sector what it is today.

“This is part of the reasons why many of our trucks are no longer on the road collecting refuse, thus leading to indiscriminate dumping of waste on our roads,” he said.

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode last year launched Cleaner Lagos Initiative, CLI and the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps, LAGESC, to tackle the problem of dirt collection in Lagos.

But it seems the agency is yet to devise a more effective way of getting rid of the frequent heaps of refuse.


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