Fashola Unveils 1000 Tonnes Per Day Oshodi Waste Transfer Loading Station
…Urges FG to rise up to the challenge of deplorable Sea, Airport roads
Sep 29, 2011 - Lagos State Governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola on Thursday unveiled the Oshodi Waste Transfer Loading station with a capacity to treat 1000 metric tonnes of municipal waste daily, stating that the station is a fulfillment of Government's promise to contain waste in its area of generation.
Governor Fashola who spoke at the Charity Bust Stop Oshodi location of the plant which can also treat 24 metric tonnes of health care waste per day added that the Transfer Loading Station will contain all the waste generated for a particular area and warehouse them before moving them at night when vehicular movement is reduced and very safe to do so.
He informed that the State Government has also incorporated a Medical Waste Treatment plant into the Oshodi Transfer Loading Station to deal with medical wastes that have hitherto constituted a health hazard to the people.
He explained that Government will be encouraging new investment in specialized waste trucks which will be collecting the medical waste from the various hospitals and health facilities for proper processing and disposal to the sites.
Governor Fashola reiterated that LAWMA will be responsible for licensing and accrediting the waste management PSP trucks for medical waste to turn what was once a burden into an asset where nothing will be a waste.
He described the new facility as one of the critical contents of the pre-election campaign promises of the Action Congress of Nigeria (A.C.N) to aggressively pursue a preventive rather than curative healthcare programme for its citizens.
He informed that when the administration decided to clean up Oshodi, the investment in the Oshodi Transfer Loading Station was one of the many reasons apart from security, the need to build the rail track to improve transportation and the desire to improve the image of the State and the country.
"The missing links in the regeneration and transformation of Oshodi, which is a strategic gateway into the country, are the Apapa -Oshodi –Oworonshoki Expressway and the road to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport which are in highly deplorable conditions", he said
Describing Government as a shared responsibility, the Governor stated that it was important for the Federal Government to rise up to the challenge as the present state of the two roads which link the major sea ports and the airport is an eyesore and belies a nation that professes to be interested in industrialization.
"The Apapa -Oshodi Expressway serves not less than five industrial estates namely Apapa, Amuwo, Isolo, Matori and Ilupeju. If manufacturers cannot evacuate their goods from the ports, what sort of industrialization are we talking about. The image of the country is at stake", he said..
Governor Fashola stated that work is almost being completed on the Isopakodowo Market in Oshodi just as the State Commissioner for Works has been undertaking a tour of roads that need government attention in the Oshodi area before he submits a report to the State Executive Council.
Earlier, in his address, Commissioner for Environment, Mr Tunji Bello, said the Oshodi Transfer Station is the second in the series of the 20 proposed by the State Government to improve waste collection efficiency from the point of generation within the catchment area of Oshodi, Isolo, Mushin, Anthony, Mafoluku, Mile 2, Amuwo- Odofin, Okota and Ilupeju.
"The strategic location of this facility in Oshodi is to allow the waste generated in its environ to be deposited and warehoused before transfer to final dump site or landfill at off peak period. It will also reduce the vehicular traffic to the landfill site hence another major feat in our adaptation in mitigating climate change".
Mr Tunji Bello said it is worthy of note that landfills in the urban centre are reaching capacity and government must decide whether to construct new landfills or seek other disposal options.
"Our experience has revealed that the cost of upgrading existing facilities or constructing new landfills is prohibitively high, hence waste transfer station on regional basis is a more appealing alternative. In addition, it is quite normal that the siting of new landfill sites in urban communities is quite challenging as stringent regulatory requirements, public opposition, political consideration are becoming prominent", he explained.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr Ola Oresanya said the facility derived its concept from the holistic approach for the implementation of waste management strategic plan for the Lagos Mega City.
According to him, the Transfer Loading Station concept will reduce the footprint required for traditional treatment of waste through landfill. The consciousness for the premium placed on value of land, the Lagos topography, population density and traffic management makes it compelling to adopt this modern option of waste treatment in typical metropolitan city like Lagos.
He reiterated the commitment of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to continue to uphold its mandate of ensuring clean and livable city as entrenched in the vision of the State Government.
The Governor, accompanied by some of the dignitaries later cut the ribbon to formally commission the station before undertaking a guided tour of the facility.
The well attended event was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, members of the State Executive Council, members of the Body of Permanent Secretaries, traditional rulers, Private Sector Participation (PSP) waste truck operators and members of the community.