The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday directed the 20 Local Government Areas and the 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to call on the PSP operators in their domains to resume work immediately.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, during plenary, also ordered the Clerk of the House. Mr. Azeez Sanni, to invite the Commissioner for the Environment, Hon. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti to appear before the House next week.
This followed an Urgent Matter of Public Importance raised by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu on heaps of refuse noticeable across the state.
Obasa stated that there are three arms of government namely: legislative, executive and judiciary, and the state government ought to have consulted the House before Visionscape 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 any money paid to them after our instruction would have to be returned to the State government.
“We will go back to that, when the time comes. 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.
“We are inviting the Commissioner for the Environment to come and report to us within one week. The Clerk should write all the councils to do the needful and the Commissioner for the Environment to work on this and report to us in a week.”
Hon. Yishawu had said: “Some refuse are taken to Epe and Ikorodu but it is a bit far now as 300 instead of 800 trucks are disposing refuse now.
“We used to dump them in Olusosun, but the place was gutted by fire. We can give the place to private stations.
“The sanitary land fill in Epe is not being utilised and the transfer loading stations too are not working effectively and the turn around time of packing the refuse is not being utilised.
“It is not all the PSP operators that are working. May be we can recall the PSP Operators to go back go work and reopen Olusosun and the land fill sites should be operated properly.”
The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade from Ikorodu Constituency 1 revealed that the refuse challenge is worse in his area.
“The refuse on the road and on the streets are hazardous to the people. Flies from the refuse mix with the food people are eating.
“One day, Olusosun would not be able to accommodate refuse any longer. If we can change our policy on refuse disposal it would be better.
“I will suggest that we should challenge those in the Ministry of Health and those in the Ministry of the Environment.
“We can invite the people in the Ministry of the Environment to know their challenges. This has become an eyesore in Lagos State. We should invite the people in charge,” he added.
Contributing, Hon. Bisi Yusuff from Alimosho Constituency 1 revealed that eight people died in Igando, where they dump refuse in his area.
Yusuff insisted that Visionscape does not know the job, and that they did not adequately involve PSP operators.
“There are big rats on the roads now and they could even make a vehicle to stumble.
“We should look at it critically. They are not picking any refuse in the state. It is an important matter that should be handled urgently,” he warned.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun from Epe Constitueny 1 lamented: “There is no industrial estate in Epe, but they have in other places.
“They cannot bring refuse dump to Epe, they can relocate it if that is what we are benefiting. We want better things in Epe such as industries and other things,” he said.
Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, in his submission, said, “There are refuse in Idumagbo, Martins and other areas in Lagos Island. We should call on the government to clear the refuse as fast as possible. We should be proactive so that we would not go back to 1999 era.”dpa