Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday said the Lagos State government has invested N2 billion on dumpsites.
The three dumpsites are Olusosun, Solous and Abule Egba.
Sanwo-Olu made this known when he Commissioned 102 locally built compactor trucks.
He said: “You will recall that, on assumption of office two years ago, one of the first things I did was visit the Olusosun landfill site in Ojota. This visit was not accidental. We were and still remain determined to rewrite the narrative of waste management in Lagos State, for the better.
“This determination has seen us already invest more than N2 billion towards the rehabilitation of dumpsites across our state.
“Another N1 billion is currently being invested in the construction of three new transfer loading stations to provide the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the effective delivery of solid waste management services.
“Today, we take delivery of 102 waste collection vehicles comprising, thirty 12 Cubic Meter Compactor Trucks; Sixty 24 Cubic Meter Compactor Trucks; and twelve Hook Loaders.
“Additionally, we have procured 100 double dino bins. This represents one of the largest singular investments ever in the waste management sector in the state.
“We are confident that the addition of these new assets to our existing ones will very quickly bring about very visible improvements in waste evacuation and reduce the incidence of blackspots that blight our roads and clog our drains.”
Sanwo-Olu praised the hardworking staff of LAWMA, the truck drivers, motor boys, street sweepers, dumpsite workers, mechanics and technicians, equipment operators, and all staff of the PSPs, who provide one service or another across the entire waste management value chain.
He urged Lagos residents to pay their waste bill, noting that climate change is real and Lagos residents should work towards a cleaner Lagos which also prevent Covid-19 from spreading.
In his address, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello said this is the second time Lagos is providing large trucks for LAWMA, the last time this happened was in 2008.
LAWMA Managing Director, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni in his address said the Authority has faced acute shortage of compactor trucks to do critical intervention assignments.
With waste generation on the increase on daily basis, it has been a challenging task till date, he added.
“As at today, no less than 15,000 metric tons of solid waste, is generated in the state on daily basis. This challenge necessitates, that LAWMA has an impressive truck fleet to cope effectively.
“Thankfully, Mr. Governor has graciously illuminated our path, positioning us for progress and better performance.
“Accordingly therefore, the trucks will be distributed among LAWMA formations and operational districts, for effective coverage of the state, and for optimal performance.
“I wish to place on record, that LAWMA has enjoyed steady and consistent support of the current administration in all areas. These include the continuous improvement and expansion of Olusosun Landfill; its road network, and on-going capping, among others.
“The road rehabilitation exercise, has drastically reduced the man-hours wasted by trucks in long queues, thereby boosting total daily tuck trips to 800, from a paltry 357, in the recent past.
“We have re-organised street-sweeping/highway operations, effectively deploying 15000 sweepers, to the streets and highways, in addition to a rejuvenated PSP operations, functioning in the 57 local government and council areas of the state.”