Gabriel Enenche —
The Lagos State government yesterday unveiled 102 locally assembled compactor trucks and 100 double dino waste bins, towards boosting waste management. Speaking at the unveiling at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the trucks and waste bins were unprecedented interventions put forward to address logistical and operational shortfalls in collection of waste across the state.
While adding that the trucks and bins would help to reduce turn-around time in waste evacuation within the metropolis, thereby, achieving cleaner and healthier environment, Sanwo-Olu said the assets comprised 30 units of 12-cubic meter trucks, 60 units of 24-cubic meter trucks and 12 hook loaders.
”They will be complementing the over 850 Private Sector Participants (PSP) compactor trucks to enhance service delivery in under-served communities across the state, he enthused.
”The compactor trucks were assembled by LAWMA technicians in conjunction with Dangote Sinotruk Manufacturing firm. They are designed according to the local requirements to aid clearing of waste from generating points to transfer-loading stations. Each compactor truck has three years warranty and maintenance package”.
Sanwo-Olu said the new waste collection assets were not being deployed to edge the PSP operators out of the business and further expressed that the compactors would make trips only to public places and major roads to take waste, while the PSP operators would continue with their commercial and residential waste collections.
”This intervention represents one of the largest singular investments ever in the waste management sector in Lagos. We are confident that the addition of these new assets to our existing ones will quickly bring about visible improvements in waste evacuation and reduce the incidence of black spots that blight our roads and clog our drains”.