Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday, visited the Olusosun dump site in Lagos.
Naija News reports that the Governor’s visit to the site is in a deliberate attempt to improve the environmental situation in the state as contained in the first Executive Order on Environmental and Sanitation Matters signed by the state Governor on Friday.
Sanwo-Olu visited the site in the company of his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, among other government officials.
Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat, with the General Manager, Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Ola Oresanya inspected the site on Friday where the Governor made a statement that was quoted as thus; “we are here today to validate the Executive Order we signed. This is where we receive 70 per cent of the waste in Lagos. The facility is 28 years old so we want to ensure that it can receive waste for the next 23 years.”
The Governor expressed the possibility of the return of the monthly sanitation exercise after consultations with various stakeholders.
“We are going to ask Lagosians if they want us to return the three-hour monthly sanitation exercise to ensure that we have a cleaner city. Though I have my own view, we will still ask Lagosians,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu also disclosed the plan of his new administration to expand the dumpsite to accommodate more waste, saying: “We want to expand the facility to 42 acres so that trucks can have a quicker turn around time”.
He said that the building under construction at the entrance of the site would be used to train and retrain the staff.
This according to the Governor is also in a deliberate attempt to create more jobs for the people, adding that LAWMA would be strengthened to collect recyclable materials necessary for the creation of more jobs.
The visit to the dumpsite is one of Sanwo-Olu’s first visit since he was sworn in as the new governor of Lagos state on Wednesday, May 29.