Thursday, October 18, 2018 7.00PM /
Lagos House of Assembly
The Lagos State House of Assembly has ordered the
20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the
state to call on the Private Sector Partnership (PSP) operators in their
areas to go back to refuse packing job with immediate effect.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who gave this directive on
Thursday on behalf of the lawmakers during plenary also ordered the Clerk of
the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to invite the Commissioner for Environment, Hon.
Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti to appear before the House on the matter next week.
*This followed an Urgent Matter of Public Importance raised by Hon. Gbolahan
Yishawu (Eti-Osa Constituency 1) on heaps of refuse scattered all over the
Speaker Mudasiru Obasa emphasised that the Lagos State Government does not
know about Visionscape.
Obasa stated that there are three arms of government including legislative,
executive and judiciary and that the state government ought to have consulted
the House on Visionscape before they started operation.
“We insist that we don’t know anything about Visionscape because we were not
consulted before they started work.
“We once wrote the Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Akinyemi Ashade not to pay
Visionscape again and he would return any money he paid to them after our
instruction to the coffers of the state government. We will go to that when
the time comes but we have to do the needful now.
“We are calling on the 20 local governments and 37 LCDAs in the state to have
meetings with the PSP operators to go back to work and they should start
paying them and make the residents to start paying the operators. We have to
avoid epidemics and be proactive,” he said.
The Speaker also warned those stopping people from dumping refuse at the
dumpsites to desist from doing so, adding that he saw a lot of refuse trucks
in a bad state and that some of them have been abandoned.
He insisted that the House ought to have approved the new refuse disposal
policy of the state governnent before Visionscape started work.
“We are inviting the Commissioner for the Environment to come and report to
us within one week. The Clerk should write all the local councils in the
state to do the needful and the Commissioner for the Environment should work
on this and report to us in a week,” he said.
Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu had said that there were several heaps of refuse on
Lagos roads, adding that they were not like before “because some PSP are now
working and the state government has bought some trucks.”
He said: “Some refuse are taken to Epe and Ikorodu but it is a bit far now as
300 instead of 800 trucks now dispose refuse.
“We used to dump the refuse in Olusosun, but the place was gutted by fire. We
can give the place to private companies.
“The sanitary land fill in Epe is not being utilised and the transfer loading
stations too are not working effectively and the turn around time of packing
the refuse is not being utilised.
“It is not all the PSP operators that are working.May be we can recall the
PSP Operators and reopen Olusosun and the land fill sites should be operated
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade from Ikorodu
Constituency 1 revealed that heaps of refuse are worse in his area, and that
for the state to have good sanitation, a law on environmental sanitation was
passed in Lagos State, but that it seemed it was not properly done after
“The refuse on the road and on the streets are hazardous to the people. Flies
from the refuse mix with the food people are eating.
“One day, Olusosun would not be able to accommodate refuse any longer. It
would be better if we can change our policy on refuse disposal.
“I will suggest that we should challenge those in the Ministry of Health and
those in the Ministry of the Environment.
“We can invite the people in the Ministry of the Environment to know their
challenges. This has become an eyesore in Lagos State. We should invite the
people in charge,” he said.
Also speaking, Hon. Bisi Yusuff from Alimosho Constituency 1 revealed that
eight people died in Igando, where they dump refuse in his area.
Yusuff stressed that Visionscape does not know the job, and that they did not
even allow PSP operators to help the people.
“There are big rats on the roads now and they could even make a vehicle to
“We should look at it critically. They are not picking any refuse in the
state. It is an important matter that should be handled urgently,” he said.
In his comment, Hon. Abiodun Tobun from Epe Constitueny 1 stated that Lagos
State is dirty and that only God would help the state.
He stated that Epe is not benefitting from the system and that their water
has been contaminated and that all their roads are now bad.
“There is no industrial estate in Epe, but they have in other places. “They
cannot bring refuse dump to Epe, they can relocate it if that is what we are
benefiting. We want better things in Epe such as industries and other
things,” he said.
Hon. Noheem Adams from Eti Osa Constituency 1 said that there are refuse in
many places in his area.
He stated that in the days of PSP, people knew when they would pack their
refuse outside. We should invite both the commissioner and LAWMA officials as
well as the local government. We should be able to do our best because we
need the people’s vote now.
This was corroborated by other lawmakers such as Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu from
Agege Constituency 2, Hon. Saka Solaja (Ikorodu Constituency 2), the Deputy
Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni (Lagos Island 1), the Chief Whip, Hon.
Rotimi Abiru (Shomolu 1) and Hon. Abdulsobur Olayiwola (Mushin Constituency