Fashola Commissions 50 Brand New Compactors For LAWMA
Sep 4, 2008 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday commissioned 50 brand new compactor trucks acquired by the Government for the State Waste Management Authority.
Commissioning the trucks at the headquarters of LAWMA at Ijora, Governor Fashola said the formal handing over of 50 out of 100 new trucks Compactor vehicles was not only evidence of the fulfillment of a promise to deliver a cleaner Lagos, but also significant because it was the first time in about 25 years that LAWMA would have new trucks at their disposal.
He however, read a riot act to truck pushers that from the first of January next year, they would no longer be allowed to operate in the state.
According to Governor Fashola the truck pushers still have the opportunity of migrating into the PSP waste management sector by partnering with LAWMA in several ways.
He added that all those still engaging in the business of pushing trucks in Lagos State have between now and the end of December to engage in some other means of livelihood, adding that anyone caught pushing truck from that date would face the full effects of the law.
Governor Fashola also revealed that one million refuse bags would be distributed across the state for the use of people towards ensuring that everyone has a means of neatly conveying generated refuse.
He said with the commissioning of the compactors for the use of LAWMA the business of refuse clearing has been professionalized and made more lucrative for people to practice.
He said the new trucks are fitted with modern gadgets and are also air conditioned.
Imploring that those going to seek non existing greener pasture abroad should have a rethink, the Governor said people who travel overseas for menial jobs would be better off if they take up jobs with LAWMA as the agency is ready to take on people and pay them well to man the new trucks as a means of livelihood instead of engaging in such jobs in harsh winter weathers overseas.
“We will continue to act as catalysts where we see opportunities for jobs for the people, such as in refuse management which generates over 10000 tonnes and with enormous responsibilities”, Governor Fashola affirmed.
Governor Fashola said he did not see the commissioning ceremony as a celebration because the road to be covered is still very far, adding that the ceremony is only one more step forward in the deliverance of electoral promise of providing a sustainable environment to the people in terms of a cleaner and more prosperous city of Lagos.
He promised to ensure that the owners of Private Sector Participation (PSP) trucks are empowered to own new trucks by the state government by forming co-operatives as a basis to develop a negotiation platform to approach banks for equipment lease finance to procure the vehicles on a long term basis.
He informed that the state generates 10000 tonnes of refuse daily and this has informed the need to procure additional equipments that would enable the Ministry of Environment and its agencies to be more visible all over the state.
He added that the programme also represents an opportunity to communicate with critical stakeholders in the waste management sector who would read, watch and listen to the government’s definitive steps towards delivering its promises.
He added that the new trucks would signify the kind of equipment that would become the benchmark for PSP operators in the state, as many have also placed orders for them, adding that they are new trucks just rolling off the production lines overseas.
He said a lot is taking place as the state started with tree planting on Tuesday and is on Wednesday witnessing the deployment of the new trucks as well as several advocacy programmes by the Ministry of Environment and LAWMA.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Environment, Dr Muiz Banire informed that the new trucks which represent the first batch of 100 compactor trucks came with spare parts and maintenance packages.
He added that the trucks would be deployed as follows: Eastern region comprising (Ogudu) Ikorodu road, Ebute Metta, Yaba, Ogudu, Mainland, BRT Monitoring, Ikorodu will get 15 out of the 20 required.
Other areas to benefit include Northern region (Ikeja) comprising Ikeja Central , Muritala Mohammed Airport road, Oshodi will get 10 from this allocation while Western region (Surulere) comprising Surulere, Mushin, Mile 2, Iyana Isolo and Southern region(Apapa) comprising Eti Osa, Lagos Island, Apapa, Orile Iganmu, Festac, Ojo will get 10 and 15 units respectively.
In his address of welcome, the Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr Ola Oresanya said the procurement of the new trucks would provide the right image for the state government on its commitment to clean the state as well as ensure that it provides extended services to low income generation areas that cannot pay for waste collection services.
In a goodwill message, the President of Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, Mr Adegboyega Adepitan said with the launching of the additional 50 new compactors, the state can now boast over 250 compactors, making it a model in Nigeria.