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Lagos residents choking under refuse despite LAWMA’s return

Despite the return of the Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) with its business model, this helped it rid the state of refuse, when it worked alongside Private Sector Partnership (PSP) operators, effective refuse management in the state has remained a major challenge.

Across the state, heaps of refuse, which not long ago were becoming uncommon are now staging a comeback, a development, which has forced residents to charge the government to wake up to its responsibilities.

LAWMA’s return was as a result of the failure of the very elaborate Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), (which was spearheaded by Visionscape Sanitation Solutions), and aimed at ridding the state of mounting debris, which predisposed it to epidemic outbreak.

The CLI was introduced by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to, among other things, make the environment cleaner, safer, improve it and generally make it healthier for all Lagosians. But two years after its introduction, most residents of the state were unconvinced that it had succeeded in promoting a harmonised and holistic approach to the challenge of waste management.

The Guardian, January 6, 2019

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