Lagos state government has started working towards actualizing its dream of making the city one of the cleanest in West Africa.
Lagos, the commercial state, having an estimated population of over 15 million people, faces a lot of challenges managing the high volume of waste generated in the city daily by residents and companies operating in the state. The city generates metric tons of waste daily categorised into medical, industrial and household wastes.
The government has said it is making investment in modern equipment, technology, and facilities required as a part of the strategy to actualise the dream of making the city one of the cleanest in West Africa. In line with this dream, the state has unveiled 1000 metric tons of municipal solid waste Transfer Loading Station, TLS, at Oshodi.
The new TLS, centrally located at Oshodi, will treat 24 metric tons of medical and health related waste. It will serve such areas as Oshodi, Mushin, Mile 2, Mafoluku, Amuwo-Odofin, Okota, Illupeju, Anthony, Isolo. Waste generated within these areas will be deposited and warehoused at the TLS before transfer to final dumpsite.
The governor of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola, while handing over the facility, last Thursday, said, “If Lagos is cleaner, it will be free from many diseases. One of the ways to achieve this is to build transfer loading station to aid easier transportation of waste and enhance timely evacuation of wastes as well as reduce the travel time of trucks on our roads.
“Therefore, this facility is our strategy to clean up and manage waste disposal more effectively. It will be used to contain waste in the areas of its generation and move them at night to prevent the trucks being caught in traffic and enhance easier evacuation of waste.”
The clean-up of Oshodi, he recalled, aside its security advantages, was also to encourage investment in the waste transfer loading station and to build a rail track to ease transportation.
Tunji Bello, commissioner for the Environment, revealed that the Hydroclave medical treatment plant incorporated into the facility has other components like shredder, a high temperature sterilising unit which is wholly automatic. According to him, the Hydroclave equipment has a low operating cost, is easy to operate and reduces waste by 80 percent without any offensive odour and is environment-friendly.
Bello noted that the domestic PSP operators will benefit tremendously from the facility, while the medical PSP operators who have added value to the public health sector in the state and currently service 123 primary health centres, 26 general hospitals, about 3000 private hospitals, 150 tradomedical centres and 2000 laboratories will have a facility for treatment of their special waste.
Oladimeji Oresanya, managing director of Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, the operators of the facility, said the strategic plan for Lagos mega city has proposed the construction of 20 of such facilities in the state.