Local Car Gist #Update
With barely just two weeks after the inauguration of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative and the core privatization of the waste disposal governing body, the the streets of Lagos have become a dumping ground. Every nook and cranny of the state has become filled with heaps of refuse that those paradise laden streets now reek of disgusting smells from waste disposals.
Following the announcement that cart pushers have been banned from the state and that anyone who patronizes them would face prosecution, Lagosians have resorted to dumping waste disposals at various nooks. Though large sizes of waste bins have been provided in specific areas of the state, but it is not enough; the rate at which waste is generated and disposed from houses, religious organisations, business organisations and factories are alarming.
With over 30 cart pushers arrested in total, the streets of Lagos have become empty of them and so far, negative changes have sprung up. Just recently, a source had it online that:
“The government suspects that the cart pushers are being used to sabotage the cleaner Lagos Initiative”
Since the mandatory ban and arrest of cart pushers, huge refuse sites have taken permanent residence in areas inhabited by the high and the low: Residents of Ajah community, Broad Street in Marina, Awolowo Road in Ikoyi, down to Ogba, Iyana Ipaja and Ejigbo on the mainland are now being threatened by the waste.
It appears that the development of the state is the primary objective of the State Government and that is a good proposition, but why change a winning formula? We also need to ask why refuse management, ordinarily an assignment for local councils, has been taken over by the state government? The state government need to take a second look at the engagement of the ‘Visionscape’ organization as the company appears not to possess the skills required to manage refuse in Lagos.