Effort are in full gear by the Lagos State government to stop emission of poisonous smoke and fire outbreak in the 47-hectares Olusosun dumpsite in Lagos as the facility is undergoing capping, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Dr Iyabo Phillips, Director of Environmental Services, Lagos State Ministry of Environment, while commenting on the project, said that the capping would last for a month.
NAN correspondent who visited the dumpsite on Monday reports that work is in full gear as earthmoving equipment are seen overlaying with sand while loaders are pouring laterite on the surface.
According to the Director, the site has been covered with 250 truckloads of laterite every day to ensure that the resurfacing area was completed within a month.
She stated that Drainage has been constructed around the site to ensure the free of water and discourage erosion.
“We are aware of the impact of the fume on people around, so we had to pull down the fence down in order to control the fume coming out.
“To ensure that lives and properties are protected, all the inhabitants of the area, especially asthmatic patients, have been asked to vacate to enable us to quench the fume.
“The volume of the fume has been reduced,” Phillips said.
Mr Segun Adeniji, General Manager, Lagos State Waste Management Authority, revealed that capping was carried out by the government to drastically reduce fire and smoke from the landfill site.
Adeniji said that government was aware of health hazard of smoke on the people and was making serious effort to stop it immediately.
“We are assuring the people living in this area that within a couple of weeks, this will be a thing of the past.
“The entire plan is total remediation of the place so the state government can turn it into a recreation park for people to relax,” he said.
Naija News had earlier reported that on the 14th of March, that the Olusosun dump in Ojota, Lagos was gutted by fire.