The Trustees of Association of Waste Managers in Nigeria (PSP operators) has been factored into the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, the Lagos State government has said.
The government stated this in court in respect of a suit on the project it designed to keep the state cleaner and healthier.
The Incorporated Trustees of Association of Waste Managers in Nigeria (PSP operators) filed a suit against the Lagos State Government on the new initiative.
Opposing an application by PSP operators Lagos State Government Counsel, Mr.S.A Quadri, said the contracts between the PSP operators and the Lagos State Government had since expired at different times and the latest in November, 2016.
Sequel to the expiration of the contract, the Lagos State Government in December 2016, entered into a contract with another firm to carry out domestic waste collection.
He added that the company would be utilizing their funds and employing modern technology as being used in developed countries, to carry out domestic waste collection.
He added that the expired transactions between Lagos State and the PSP operators were not sustainable since the government totally funded it whereas; the newly engaged firm will deploy its funds and equipment to achieve the Cleaner Lagos Initiative. The new arrangement, he said, would save cost.
He said the Lagos State Government is not oblivious of the business concerns and livelihood of the PSP operators and had made adequate provision for them. They are meant to handle commercial waste disposal in Lagos State, he said.
The counsel to Lagos State Government also argued that even if the agreements between the State Government and the PSP operators were subsisting, the Government had the right to terminate the agreements pursuant to the termination clauses therein.
He said the PSP operators did not have any right upon which to base their case as there is no agreement between Lagos State Government and the Claimants.
The court also held that it is premature to consider applications that will determine the substance of the suit.
Consequently, the Court made an order for accelerated hearing of the matter. It adjourned the matter for trial, to be heard for four consecutive days beginning from October 3, the Nation reports.