The Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM), popularly known as Public Private Participation, PSP operators, says Lagos State has now become one of the dirtiest cities in the world.
The Vice-Chairman of AWAM, Mr David Oriyomi, who made the assertion on Tuesday in Lagos while speaking with newsmen, said the city had become dirty due to deliberate attempts to relieve the waste managers of their job.
Oriyomi, said that Gov. Akinwumi 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.
According to him, this came as a rude shock to the AWAM as there was no consultation.
“The most disturbing is that if implemented, it would have resulted in massive business closure and majority of our over 25,000 employees would have lost their jobs.
“We made frantic efforts to see and appeal to the governor, but to no avail.
“After various false start dates, the initiative was launched by placing bins indiscriminately across the state with very little provision to evacuate the heaps of waste.
“This was responsible for the increase in the volume of waste on the highways and medians.
“Our city was returned to pre-1999 era and the once celebrated clean city has now become one of the dirtiest cities in the world,” he said.
Oriyomi said that AWAM went to the court to seek redress to protect their investment.
He added that the redress made Visionscape to turnaround and offered members of AWAM their job back, as a subcontractor with uneconomically and unsustainable terms.