The Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM), also known as the private sector partnership (PSP) operators, has lauded the Lagos state house of assembly for asking its members to resume refuse collection.
In a statement on Friday, Olugbenga Adebola, AWAM’s spokesman, said “history will not forget the act.
The house had on Thursday ordered local governments in the state to ask PSP operators in their areas to resume refuse collection.
Mudashiru Obasa, speaker of the house, had said he did not recognise Visionscape Sanitation Solution Limited which Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of the state, had introduced in 2017 under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative.
Adebola demanded that the Olusosun dumpsite which was shut following the inferno that gutted it in March, be reopened.
Adebola said all other dumpsites should also be revamped to improve the turnaround of PSP trucks, adding that the operators were denied access to all the transfer loading stations (TLS) in the state for over two years.
“’We welcome the resolution of the state house of assembly on Thursday, October 18, 2018. We want to appreciate the entire members of the state assembly; they have all lived up to the expectation and the yearnings of all well meaning Lagosians,” he said.
“In particular, we will like to thank the Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, for his tenacity and consistency in speaking the truth always.
“We equally want to thank Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa Constituency 1) for listening to the general complaints by Lagosians on the current waste management regime in the state. History will not forget this heroic act.
“Therefore, the resolution that all dumpsites and Transfer Loading Stations (TLSs) be opened to PSPs is in the right direction.
“This is because the disposal sites are the bedrock of any meaningful waste management system.”