The executive governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has stated that he is committed to cleaning up the state.
Speaking at the Lagos House, Ikeja after inaugurating the new board of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, LAGESC, the state governor stated that he will clean up the state and waste deposited on major highways and streets.
Ambode, represented by his Special Adviser on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said: “Let me assure the people that in the coming weeks, there will be improvement.
“We are already witnessing a high-level of improvement; we promise that throughout this week and throughout next week, people will see a marked improvement in our state as more equipment come into the country and we are able to deploy the equipment accordingly.”
He further noted; “We are all living witnesses to the restructuring we are trying to do in the environmental sector.
“That restructuring culminated in the introduction of CLI, which is focused at ensuring that the way we clean Lagos is comparable to what is being done in first class cities in the world.
“As a result, we are changing the way the environment in Lagos is being managed, and to help us to achieve that, this Sanitation Corps is important.
“More importantly now is to speak to the fact that yes, we are having some challenges in the area of waste management in Lagos today.
“We all live in Lagos, but I want to reaffirm that we are doing everything to ensure that this becomes a thing of the past.
“Beyond the fact that we are clearing waste, the CLI is also ensuring that we have landfill sites; not dumping sites but landfill sites, where the waste generated in Lagos can be recycled and re-engineered and also resold so that we can create wealth and a new business for Lagosians to tap into.”
“As we speak to you, we have employed over 8,500 new street sweepers that are being deployed across the state, and the target is 27,500.
“So, every part of Lagos will have street sweepers that are unique to them and live in their neighborhood.
“Once again, I want to reassure the people that we are on top of the issues here; we promise that you will see a marked improvement and we are totally committed to that.
“God helping us, we will deliver one of the cleanest cities in the world.”