Visionscape Suspends Lagos Operations Following Threats To Employees’ Lives
The recent political crisis in Lagos State is beginning to affect other sectors important to the smooth running of the mega city.
Visionscape, the company handling the waste management system has suspended its operations in Lagos State.
This comes after a series of threats to the lives of its employees and destruction of its operational vehicles and equipment.
A letter by Simon Reading, Chairman of the Board of Investors, to the chairman of the company on the matter has been shared with the media.
According to the letter, during the recently concluded Governance Committee meeting, they passed a unanimous resolution to formally notify him of their concerns in response to the volatility in Lagos.
“At the time, we were given assurances that the accommodations made to the ‘PSPS’ by the franchise team would be sufficient to appease those who felt that Visionscape had taken away their jobs'.
"However, security reports brought to our attention, contain details of a surge in violent attacks on the trucks/equipment and, in some cases the operators.
"Of utmost concern, are the recent developments surrounding the turbulent political environment wherein it was reported that the opposition in the upcoming gubernatorial race used subversive language about the residential collections contract and called it 'a misadventure'.
"We, therefore, request that the Executive team take appropriate measures to mitigate the risks to the safety of our personnel and assets. We wish to hear from you as a matter of urgency, with a detailed plan to secure our investments in Nigeria and minimise attrition of the Group’s growth plan.
“We are committed to maintaining high levels of security and assuring the safety of the 1000+ Visionscape team members in-country.
“In conclusion, we have steadfast confidence in your ensuring that extensive protocols and procedures will be put in place to ensure the security of our people. We believe firmly that no contract is worth jeopardising that. We implore you to stay safe under the circumstances!".
This situation is bound to affect the city, but how badly, remains to be seen.
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