The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, said decrepit waste compactors relied upon by Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators to cart refuse have constituted a major hindrance to effective waste disposal in the state.
He spoke on the sidelines of a familiarisation and fact-finding visit by the Federal Commissioner, Lagos State Office, Public Complaints Commission, Abimbola Ayo-Yusuf.
The commissioner said lack of adequate roadworthy compactors contributed to weakening the capacity of PSP operators to serve their clients efficiently, adding that this was one of the major reasons why the frequency of evacuating waste in different localities in the state had been low.
?As evident from the recertification carried out in Alimosho Local Government Area for example, of the 44 compactors presented for the exercise, only 17 were in good working conditions,? he said.
He decried the situation where compactors that were not in good condition broke down incessantly on the road causing traffic congestions as well as unnecessary hardships to road users.
The said one of the criteria for being assigned as an operator was to have at least two functional compactors which must be certified by government to be in good working condition.
?As a result of their poor condition, these compactors often find it difficult to navigate the dumpsites and incessantly break down to create bottlenecks and delays at the dumpsites,? he said.
Noting that the unhealthy development was capable of jeopardising the efforts of Governor Akinwumi Ambode?s administration to achieve a cleaner Lagos, Durosinmi-Etti said the government was exploring ways of making soft loan facilities available to operators through the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSTEF) to make it easy for them to increase their fleet of compactors.
He said the government was determined to remove the bottlenecks hindering waste collection and disposal operations as it was making concerted efforts to achieve minimal turnaround time at the dumpsites by enhancing regulatory measures as LAWMA was being encouraged to start sanctioning dumpsite operators for delays.