Lagos has 354 licensed waste operators.
The Lagos State Waste Management (LAWMA) said on Saturday that it had sanctioned 20 operators of the Private Sector Participation (PSP) initiative, who are licensed to collect wastes across the state.
The Managing Director of the agency, Ola Oresanya, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the operators were sanctioned over poor services.
He said that following complaints of inefficiency from residents, the agency had issued warnings to the affected operators out of 354 licensed by the state government,
Mr. Oresanya said LAWMA would not hesitate to sanction any other PSP operator who failed to provide satisfactory services, urging residents to report such operators in their areas for appropriate action.
“We will continue to monitor strictly the operations of PSP operators, to ensure that they discharge their responsibility of promptly collecting refuse in their assigned areas. The 20 PSP operators, we sacked them between January and May this year. This shows that we are not tolerating inefficiency in whatever form,” he said.
“In the few places you have seen improvements, it is not that they just want to work voluntarily; but they know that we now monitor them more closely. I want to appeal to residents to report any PSP operator who fails to do its work in their respective areas.
“We want efficient service delivery, so we will not hesitate to sanction operators found wanting,” he added.
Mr. Oresanya, however, said that most of the operators were doing very well in their respective beats, adding that he received encouraging feed backs from satisfied residents of those areas.
He admitted that the PSP waste collection system in the state was still far from being perfect.
The LAWMA chief said the agency was doing everything possible to perfect the system and eliminate some of the challenges facing effective waste collection and management in the state.
“The PSP waste collection system is a new system and some of the operators are just adapting to the peculiarities of the system. So, LAWMA is duty bound to protect and grow the system,” he said.
Mr. Oresanya said the organisation would encourage operators to expand their capacities, and procure more waste trucks and equipment, to enhance effective service delivery. He urged the residents not to patronise cart pushers, saying that their activities posed a threat to the environment.
He also appealed to them to always use the services of PSP trucks to assist the state government to ensure a clean environment and manage waste effectively.