The Lagos State Government has concluded arrangements to decommission the landfills and refuse dumpsites located along LASU-Isheri Road, Igando, as part of efforts targeted at preventing potential exposure to an epidemic among residents of the area.
The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi and the Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello made this known through a joint statement issued on Monday, December 31.
While noting the danger of the dumpsites close to Alimosho General Hospital, Abayomi stated that the waste yard posed health dangers to the neighborhood.
“Situating a waste yard right beside a general hospital or in the proximity of residential community is totally unacceptable.
“We acknowledge the health and environmental dangers this dumpsite constitutes to the neighborhood and, particularly, the Alimosho General Hospital”, he said.
He explained that the dumpsites which were on the outskirts of the metropolis had earlier been shut down before it was reopened by those engaged to manage waste.
“We are aware that these dumpsites have caused residents of the area so much discomfort and agony over the years.
“These, coupled with the attendant exposure to environmental hazards, which is inimical to attainment of good health, are the reasons why we are taking the bull by the horn to provide a lasting solution to this ugly menace by decommissioning these sites and restoring serenity in the environment,” he said.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello outlined plans put in place to find a lasting solution to the nuisance created by the dumpsites and landfills.
He disclosed that the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources has mandated the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to begin the process of decommissioning the Solous 3 dumpsite.
“The rehabilitation will involve leveling of the refuse, slope stabilisation, soil covering, grading as well as rolling and landscaping.
“As part of the rehabilitation, we will also rebuild the drainage and road network within and outside the site.
“These measures will help greatly to control pollution, eliminate rodent breeding grounds, prevent landfill gas emission and widen capacity for landfill gas capturing”, he explained.