His Excellency, the executive governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, signed the Environmental Management and Protection Bill into law on the 1st of March 2017, due to the fact that majority of the State’s environmental laws were outdated and could no longer apply to the present-day conditions.
According to the Governor, it was disconcerting to see that dysentery and other pandemics were on the rise with serious implications for the State’s public health expenditure, adding that the government thought it wise to tackle the root cause of the problem rather than spend excessively on treating preventable hygiene based diseases.
According to him, the major motivating factor was the fact that children were the greatest casualties of the poor management of the environment, hence the need for the initiative.
The present challenge
The current challenge the Cleaner Lagos Initiative is facing has to do with the difficulty experienced in the transition process. As Visionscape assumes the mantle of the residential waste collection, existing PSPs are gradually eased into the commercial waste collection. This change in the prevailing system wasn’t as smooth as expected and as such, there were some noticeable gaps, which are currently being closed up and will be non-existent within the coming weeks.
Vetting process for CSWs and PSPs
For PSPs, now referred to as Waste Collection Operators (WCOs), a series of re-certification exercises were held in Lagos state and supervised by the Ministry of Environment, LAWMA, VIS, VIO, and MOT. The recently concluded re-certification exercises saw 502 compactors inspected, 120 of which fell short of the standards set by the bodies involved.
As at the time of this report, there are currently 326 approved Waste Collection Operators under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative.
For CSWs, there was no educational qualification required of applicants beyond good physical and mental health. Medical tests were also run to determine that applicants were fit and free of disease. Location was also a factor as the job wasn’t open to applicants who didn’t reside in Lagos. However, a certain level of education was required of the supervisors who were employed and assigned to manage the CSWs and oversee their daily activities at ward level.
How many PSPs were approved?
Asides Visionscape Sanitation who is the sole concessionaire of the residential waste collection in Lagos, there are currently 325 Waste Collection Operators under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative. This number isn’t indicative of the machines projected to handle commercial waste collection operators, as each Waste Collection Operator usually has 2 or more compactors in their employ. There are 6 categories of waste including; Healthcare, Building, Recyclable, Hazardous, Industrial, and Special Industrial waste. All these categories are adequately covered and catered to by certified waste collection operators and no sector is left unaccounted for.
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While there are currently 1,719 CSWs in operation in Lagos State, the kitting exercise is an ongoing process and more of them are being deployed daily.
Investment opportunities for all (CSW, PSP, Mechanics, Cottage Industries, etc.)
One of the goals of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative is the creation of mass employment for youths and Lagosians in general. Thus the recruitment of 27,500 Community Sanitation Workers was designed to create additional job opportunities for 40,000 people, including, but not exclusive to supervisors in charge of CSWs, Ward Resident Contractors assigned to each ward, mechanics to maintain and service machines and compactors, tailors to sew and mend garments etc. These opportunities are all-encompassing, even going as far as reaching scavengers at Epe Landfill who will be integrated into the Cleaner Lagos Initiative as resource miners eligible to earn monthly wages, work in shifts, go on annual leave, receive formal education and more benefits.
Other added value for the (Health Insurance, pension and tax-free salaries etc)
The Cleaner Lagos Initiative is an inclusive scheme that integrates residents in Lagos state from all socio-economic classes. Community Sanitation Workers under the initiative are entitled to tax-waivered salaries, health insurance schemes, pension allowances, and other advantages including total withdrawal from highway cleaning, full Personal Protective Equipment, and a schedule crafted to ensure that CSWs work in the wards where they reside. This ensures that transportation costs do not eat into their wages.
The future for CLI
As the Cleaner Lagos Initiative progresses from Residential and Commercial waste collection, the next phase will be an implementation of marine waste collection, environmental remediation, more infrastructural upgrades and a potential waste-to-energy setup which will actively position Lagos as the CLEANEST and GREENEST state in Africa by 2025.
NSITF board to investigate suspended MD and others over financial misconduct
The board of directors of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) has revealed that it will investigate the activities of the suspended Managing Director, 3 Executive Directors, and 8 other senior management staff over financial breaches and gross misconduct.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the board of NSITF, Mr. Austin Enajemo-Isire, in a statement in Enugu on Sunday July 5, 2020.
Enajemo-Isire said that the Managing Director and other top management staff of the organization would have the opportunity to clear themselves of any wrongdoing with the probe panel which was being set up.
While reacting to claims that the suspension did not follow due process as President Muhammadu Buhari did not approve it, Enajemo-Isire said that the approval for the suspension of the affected staff had been conveyed to the Labour Minister in a correspondence referenced SGF. 47/511/T/99 of June 30, 2020.
According to the Chairman, “The minister has conveyed this approval and directives to me for necessary action in terms of setting up a board-driven investigative panel.
“This is to give the affected officers the opportunity to clear themselves of the financial and procurement breaches and acts of gross misconduct and other infractions that gave rise to their prima facie indictment.
“It is in this light that I have decided to call a virtual meeting of the management board on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to consider the modalities for our action.”
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He, therefore, appealed to staffers of NSITF and their social partners to keep calm and exercise restraint.
A few days ago, Nairametrics reported the suspension of the Managing Director and some senior management staff over corruption allegations. However, the management in its reaction debunked that claim and said that the President did not approve their suspension but that rather, it was the sole decision of the Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, who they said was overreaching himself.
Nigerian Content Intervention Fund increased to US$350 million
The fund expansion was one of the decisions taken at the board’s recent meeting.
The governing council of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCMB) announced on Sunday that it has approved a $150 million expansion of the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund, raising it from $200 million to $350 million.
Nigerian Content Intervention Fund Increased to US$350M
The Governing Council of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has approved the expansion of the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund from US$200 million to US$350 million.@NigeriaGov pic.twitter.com/Y0TtDzwALq
— NCDMB (@OfficialNCDMB) July 5, 2020
The fund expansion was one of the decisions taken at the board’s recent meeting on June 16, 2020, chaired by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, H.E. Chief Timipre Sylva, who is also the Chairman of the Council.
The board said that $100 million from the additional fund would be used to boost five existing loan products, which include manufacturing in the oil and gas industry, asset acquisition of rigs, marine vessels, contract financing for Nigerian oil service providers, contract financing for oil and gas community contractors, and loan refinancing with Nigerian banks.
The council also announced that $20 million and $30 million would be used for 2 newly developed loan product types (the Intervention Fund for Women in Oil & Gas and PETAN Products) which include Working Capital loans and Capacity Building loans for PETAN member companies.
Started in 2017, the Nigerian content Intervention fund was developed as a $200 Million fund managed by the Bank of Industry, to facilitate on-lending to qualified stakeholders in the Nigerian oil and gas industry on five loan product types.
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The NCI Fund is a portion of the Nigerian Content Development Fund (NCDF), aggregated from the one percent deduction from the value of contracts executed in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry.
According to the NCMB, “About 94 percent of the NCI Funds has been disbursed to 27 beneficiaries as at May 2020.”
Seplat gives notice of board meeting, to consider Q2 financial result
The notification is in conformity with the rules of the Nigerian bourse on the obligations of the issuer.
The indigenous oil and gas firm, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc has given notice of its board of director meeting which has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, 2020 through a teleconference in Lagos between 10 am and 3 pm.
This was disclosed in a notification that was sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on July 3, 2020 and signed by the oil firm’s Company Secretary, Edith Onwuchekwa.
The notification is in conformity with the rules of the Nigerian bourse on the obligations of the issuer, in this case, Seplat, to notify the Exchange at least 14 days ahead of the due date and time when the board of directors hopes to meet to discuss its financial results.
The notification from Seplat states, ‘’In line with the rules of the NSE on the obligation of the Issuer to notify the Exchange at least 14 days in advance, in respect of the date and time when the board of directors will meet to discuss its Q2 2020 Financial Results, we wish to state the meeting details as follows,’’
‘’Date: Tuesday 28th July 2020, Venue: Via Teleconference, Lagos, Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm’’
Seplat, in its statement, also said they were going to notify the Exchange of the details of the Board’s decision on the 2020 second-quarter financial results immediately after the meeting as required by the rules.
Nairametrics had earlier reported that following the global oil crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the oil and gas firm, in its released financial statement, announced that revenue declined from $159.5 million in Q1 2019 to $130.5 million in Q1 2020. That represented an 18.2% drop.
The gross profit dropped from $81.4 million in Q1 2019 to $33.1 million in Q1 2020. This shows a drop of 59.3%. The profit before deferred tax showed a loss of $105.8 million in Q1 2020 as against the profit before deferred tax of $35.8 million that was achieved in Q1 2019. This represented a huge drop of 395.5%.
The company’s CEO, Austin Avuru, said that as part of its strategy, Seplat was shifting focus to its gas business which is less exposed to the oil price drop which is currently ravaging the upstream sector.
The current share price of Seplat on the Nigerian Stock Exchange is N386 per share as at July 3, 2020.