Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, is committed to ensuring an aesthetically flood-free Lagos in his fight against the damaging effects of climate change in the state.
This assurance was given by the state Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, who spoke at a one-day media workshop organized by Coastal Cities at Risk Project in Lagos.
Adejare said the government has invested in effective drainage system and created an enabling environment for private sector participation in waste disposal and flood prevention in the state.
The commissioner who decried the attitude of some Lagos residence who still practice open defecation and improper disposal of waste, said about 13,000 tons of waste are generated daily with the state government lacking the financial and technical capacity to evacuate the waste thus needing heavy private sector participation.
“There are houses in Lagos that do not have proper toilets and the owners are collecting rents there, people throw away their refuse in our drainages causing flooding. Lagos does not have the capacity yet to take waste management to the level it should be so we need more capacity in that respect. We need to realize that governance is shared responsibility between those in government and the people,” Adejare said.
On waste management, the commissioner revealed that Olusosun refuse dump will be shut down by December 2016.
“The governor has directed and I will do it. We want to have a standardized waste management system in place,” he said.