The Private Sector Partnership (PSP) officials in Lagos have been ordered by the state House of Assembly to resume work immediately across all local government areas and councils. The order was given by Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the House, on behalf of lawmakers on Thursday, October 17, during plenary. Lagos 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 collection and disposal with immediate effect.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had earlier disengaged most of the PSP from operating in the state after the introduction of a new environmental initiative, through the Visionscape Sanitation Solution Limited, Vanguard reports. Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the House, giving the directive on Thursday, October 17, on behalf of the lawmakers during plenary, also ordered the clerk, Azeez Sanni, to invite the commissioner for the environment, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti to appear before the House on the matter soon. This followed an urgent matter of public importance raised by Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa Constituency 1) on heaps of refuse scattered all over the state. According to Obasa, the state government should have consulted with the House on Visionscape before they started operation. He said: “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 warned those preventing people from dumping refuse at the dumpsites to desist from the act, adding that he saw a lot of refuse trucks in a bad state and that some of them have been abandoned.
Speaking further, Obasa insisted that the House ought to have approved the new refuse disposal policy of the state government before Visionscape started work. He stated: “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.”
Meanwhile, it was reported that the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM), popularly known as PSP had said that Lagos had become one of the dirtiest cities in the world. The vice chairman of AWAM, David Oriyomi, who made the assertion on Tuesday, September 18, in Lagos in his conversation with newsmen, said the city had become dirty due to deliberate attempts to relieve the waste managers of their job. Oriyomi said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s introduction of the cleaner Lagos initiative in 2016, with the intention of a single foreign company known as “Visionscape” to take over the residential waste collection from 350 PSP, led to improper waste management.