Aminat Yahaya —
The Managing Director of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Ibrahim Odumboni at a news conference last Wednesday in Lagos said the authority is proposing a 50 per cent increase in waste bill across board for Lagos residents.
He also said that the price increase was due to the high cost of operation by the Private Sector Participants (PSP) operators and added that the cost of diesel used by PSP operators increased from N278 per litre in January to about N875, representing 300 per cent increment.
”We are in the process of having an extensive pricing review for PSP services offered to the households knowing fully well the economic reality, he stated.
”Also we are not introducing any change that will turn away consumers of our product.
”While the high cost is about 300 per cent, we are proposing 50 per cent increase across board,” Odumboni said.
While revealing that the Lagos state governor was also providing additional subsidies for fuel other than the existing subsidies given to PSPs to share, Odumboni noted that the state was generating 13,000 metric tonnes of wastes daily, adding that the trucks were being run with diesel 100 per cent.