Lagos decries residents’ non-patronage of PSP operators

Babatunde Adejare, Commissioner for Environment

Kazeem Ugbodaga

Babatunde Adejare, Commissioner for Environment

The Lagos State Government has decries the non-patronage of the Private Sector Participation, PSP, operators by several residents of the state, warning them to desist from patronizing cart pushers.

Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare disclosed this at the monthly meeting of the Community Development Committees and Neighbourhood Watch outfit, organize by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs held in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

Adejare charged the CDCs to educate residents in their domain to patronize the PSP and desist from dumping refuse in drainage channels and patronizing car pushers, saying that, residents must ensure that their environment were kept clean at all times.

Adejare, who was represented by a Director in the Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Stephen Adeniji disclosed that overtime; the PSP operators had encountered challenges, such as high cost of maintenance of operational vehicles, low compliance to service, high cost of diesel to operate vehicles and low income due to defaulting tenements.

“The Lagos State Waste Management Authority is currently educating the Community Development Associations, CDAs and the general public on government polices on solid waste management.

“The PSP also encounter other challenges, such as bad road network, narrow streets in some communities, low suspension of electricity cables in some areas and operations in riverine areas,” he said.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Community and Communications, Kehinde Bamigbetan advocated the setting up of CDA Patrol Unit to monitor activities in their domains and ensure that residents patronize the PSP operators.

“The patrol units should be able to know the houses not patronizing the PSP operators and know where residents of such houses dump their wastes or refuse,” he said.

Bamigbetan also charged the Neighbourhood Watchers at the grassroots level to ensure that they know people living within their domains and the type of jobs they …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper