The bustling city of Lagos is no doubt one of the urbane cities most sought after to dwell and do business in Nigeria. Owing to this, the past administration of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, began to remodel the state as a ‘Smartcity’- new road networks and construction, institution, implementation and execution of policies, light and power and the advent of the popular ‘BRT’ buses – of which the residents of Lagos have benefited. This has secured new partnerships for the state, as well as attracted funding and an influx of investors.
However, as busy and bubbling as the streets of Lagos are, the environmental squalor that plagues the State, cannot be ignored. It is to this end, ‘The Cleaner Lagos Initiative,’ was established; to put in place a world class an inclusive waste management system that guarantees quality living.
‘The Cleaner Lagos Initiative’ is a holistic approach initiated by the administration of Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos state, to address the inefficiencies in the current system and identify, develop and implement concepts and solutions that address the challenges faced with unsafe sources of water, food and energy, climate change, air pollution, improper waste management practices, and debilitating utilities infrastructure.
In the bid towards implementing a new operative environmental policy which was signed in March, the state government has assembled a consortium of globally reputable companies led by Visionscape, to manage waste collection and disposal, using ultra-modern facilities.
Civil society and youth groups have recently endorsed the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI). The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) and the Lagos Youth Forum (LYF), an amalgamation of over 50 youth groups across the state, described CLI as a visionary and revolutionary policy.
The socio-economic benefits of CLI include:
• A cleaner and sanitary environment;
• Creation of 27, 500 jobs;
• Improved health by ridding the environment of communicable diseases;
• A re-structure and implementation of environmental policies;
• The procurement of modern equipment and the development of landfill sites instead of the old dump sites;
• A 24/7 refuse evacuation within the state
While congratulating the people of Lagos over the development, the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) said the new policy was a testimonial of the resolve and “foresightedness” of Ambode to turn around the state into a 21st century mega city.
According to the state government, the aim of CLI is to ensure that all communities in Lagos are clean and neat.