There appears to be ongoing plans by the Lagos State Government to increase the number of waste managers, following the screening of 140 new Private Sector Participant (PSP) operators. This is all part of efforts aimed at ensuring a cleaner Lagos.
Adebola Shabi, a Special Adviser to Governor Ambode on the state’s Cleaner Lagos Initiative, made this known recently during a stakeholders’ meeting comprising of market, community and religious leaders.
Shabi stated there are currently about 350 PSP operators in the state, an abysmal number compared to the thousands of tonnes of solid waste that Lagosians generate on a daily basis. According to him, a survey by the government suggests that about 16,000 commercial premises currently exist in Lagos. What this means, therefore, is that “if these people distribute these premises at 400 apiece, they would still have left over.”
However, Shabi warned that the government will not hesitate to withdraw operation license from any PSP operator who displays any form of ineptitude to the task.
“The government will not hesitate to withdraw the certificate of anyone who refuses to work. About 140 fresh applicant operators have been screened by the government waiting to be deployed to work across the state.” – Shabi
Akinwunmi’s Special Adviser also made mention of Visionscape, a company the government hired to supervise waste management in the metropolis. He also noted that about 2 million waste bags and a total of 250,000 garbage bins have been distributed by the government across the state, according to the Punch.
He also used the opportunity to advise Lagos residents to imbibe the culture of keeping the state clean and desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse by the roadside and in drainage systems. He also advised against patronosing cart pushers whom he alleged do not properly dispose waste.
“Research has shown that most of these refuse ultimately find their way into our waters and they end up contaminating the aqua life. Fishes found in our waters get contaminated because of the contaminants we dump into our rivers and we end up consuming them, ingesting into our system carcinogenic metals that predispose us to cancer.”
He also made a case for recycling, noting that “materials such as plastic bottles and electronic waste such as laptops, phones and batteries, among others, can be sorted separately and recycled.”
Recall that controversies trailed the emergence of Visionscape Sanitation solution as the official coordinator of waste management activities in the state. This is because the Lagos State Government had suspended PSP operators in the state and engaged Visionscape to manage the refuse collection in the state, BusinessDay reported.
This resulted in the immediate piling of trash along major Lagos streets, even as many residents have lamented the return of refuse dumps on the streets of Lagos and wondered if the waste management company is capable of managing waste collection in the stat.
This prompted the government to make efforts towards resolving the controversies by brokering peace between Visionscape and the PSP operators. This is all part of the government’s aim to achieve a cleaner, healthier, and safer Lagos.
It should, however, be noted that the refuse crisis in some parts of the state still persists.
FG approves new board for NLNG, BGT
The change was necessary because the current board members had been in office since 2005.
Federal Government has approved the newly reconstituted boards of Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG) and Bonny Gas Transport Limited (BGT).
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, in Abuja on Monday.
According to him, the new board, which was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, was necessary because the current board members had been in office since 2005.
He disclosed that the new board members for the NLNG include Dr Edmund Daukoru as Chaiman, Mr Henry lkem-Obih as a Member and Dr Rabiu Sulaiman as a Member.
Other Members include the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Corporation (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr Bitrus Nabasu.
He also said that Daukoru was also approved as the President of the Board of BGT while Doyin Akinyanju and Abdul Abba are members.
The minister noted that Kyari and Nabasu were also members of the board.
“I will like to use this opportunity to thank the chairman and other outgoing board members of NLNG for steering the companies to record successes, particularly the Train 7 FID.
“l wish the exiting members good health and more successes in their future endeavors.
“To the incoming members of the board, I congratulate you on this appointment; your selection is based on your experience, integrity and expertise.
“I, therefore,urge you to bring all these to bear in the discharge of your responsibilities in line with the progressive agenda of Mr President,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that some of the new board members had worked in the industry in the past.
Daukoru was a former Minister of State for Energy and also Secretary General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in 2006.
He became the Amayanabo, or traditional ruler, of Nembe Kingdom in 2008.
Also, Ikem-Obih was a former Chief Operating Officer, Downstream of the NNPC and Rabiu a former Group Executive Director at the corporation.
Passengers can now arrive 90 minutes before departure for domestic flights – FG
The Federal Government has announced the reduction of arrival time for passengers from three hours to one hour and a half before departure for domestic flights.
This was disclosed in a tweet post by the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, through his Twitter handle on Monday, July 13, 2020.
The minister said that the decision was arrived at after they have reviewed passenger facilitation at the airport while noting that passengers should check-in online.
In the tweet post, Sirika said, ‘’My colleagues and I have reviewed passenger facilitation at our airports, consequently I am happy to announce that, henceforth travellers are to arrive one hour and half before their departure time for domestic flights. Travellers are advised to check-in online, please.’’
My colleagues & I have reviewed passenger facilitation at our airports, consequently I am happy to announce that, henceforth travelers are to arrive one hour and a half before their departure time for domestic flights. Travelers are advised to check in online, please 🙏🏽🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🙏🏽
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) July 13, 2020
It can be recalled that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had earlier in June issued flight resumption protocol for both international and local passengers across the country, advising passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before their time due to the new COVID-19 safety checks for domestic flight operations and five hours for international flight operations.
Seyi Makinde Proposes N3 billion investment plan for water supply
The local governments in Oyo are advised to submit a list of 10 faulty boreholes in the LG.
The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde announced the proposal of a N3 billion investment plan dedicated to water supply in rural and urban areas of the state.
Speaking through the Chairman of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Mr. Najeem Omirinde in Ibadan on Monday, he added that N500 million of the N3 billion would be used for repairing broken and faulty state-owned boreholes.
All Chairmen of each of the Local Governments in Oyo are advised to submit a list of 10 faulty boreholes in the Local governments.
The Oyo State governor also ordered that all new boreholes must be compliant with solar-powered pumps, to enable their longevity and save costs.
Urging residents to patronize the agency if they need to dig up boreholes for water, citing that it would be cheaper if done through the state agency than with private drilling companies.
Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed stated last year that Nigeria needs an estimated N36 trillion annually for the next 30 years to solve Nigeria’s infrastructure problem. The investment, although a tiny fraction of what Nigeria needs is a bold step by the Oyo State government.