By Bright Bassey
The Lagos State government has signed a $135 million (N85 billion) agreement with a foreign organization as part of its new waste management policy.
Babatunde Adejare, Lagos State Commissioner for Environment said the agreement which is under the Public Private Partnership, PPP, will run for four years.
Adejare said while engaging street sweepers in all the state wards, over 600 Mercedes Benz compactors will be deployed as the project kicks off next year.
The agreement will limit Private sector operators to commercial waste.
The project would involve closing existing landfill sites, creating loading stations in local councils and deploying 1 million ultra-modern waste bins with censors to monitor theft.
The commissioner said the new reform was targeted at introducing technology into waste management, adding that three-color-coded waste bags would be distributed in homes across the state to dispose different kinds of waste.
“The result of this new arrangement is that waste disposal will no longer be a challenge as efficient system will be on ground for effective management which will eventually eradicate cart pushers in the process,” Adejare said.