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The Dirty Face Of Lagos State

Why is there so much dirt everywhere? Is it just me ? or is anyone seeing what I am seeing? Yea… I guessed as much. Everyone knows but no one wants to really talk about it. This is a call to action based on facts. Lagos State under this present administration has become so dirty that Lagosians are ashamed of the state of the roads. I recall during the last administration, the state was spotless, and squeaky clean. But there were times the residential parts suffered from lack of refuse removal from LAWMA Sometimes, it could take weeks before LAWMA comes to pick refuse, but even with such slack in their operations, I could say for certain that Lagos maintained a high level of cleanliness. . And those times were still better than the current state of affairs. I never used to see so much refuse on the highway or littered on the express. Those good old days are long gone and are replaced with a new mode of operation and just like every other thing, one could almost say, there seems to be some level of differences with the old and new adiminstration though the same political party. The divide is clear with the events unfolding. The new administration is undoing the legacies of the old administration with regards to garbage. I understand that LAWMA does not only take the garbage but it recycles it into materials. Out went LAWMA and along came Vision Scape with this administration and PUFF … there is garbage everywhere. At first some made excuses for them that they were taking over operations and they needed time to acquaint themselves. And others continually complained about the dirt, we thought they listened to our complaints as Vision Scape brought in tiny refuse dump but this has even made the situation worse. Just an aside, it appears this administration has problems with the last administration’s way of doing things, so rather than continue in that line, it thought it smart to change things. Shockingly, they are both administrations are produced by one political party, which ought to ensure continuity of projects for a super mega state. This method of showing their outright disapproval has physically impacted on the state of the state. The reality today is this administration is bent on undoing the 8 years legacy of the old administration while wasting tax payers money to experiment. I hear they sold off BRT buses and they are bringing new Buses. Also the BRT lane is inactive… but that’s story for another day. At present what we care so much about is that this administration brings back the glow that Lagos state once had. It is quite clear that the cleanliness of an a city depends heavily on the role of the government. The State must intervene on how Lagosians manage their household refuse and toilet facilities. The state must provide adequate facilities to take care of the refuse. Apparently someone is not doing his job – the Commissioner for Environment should strive to do better. Perhaps take coaching lessons from the past Commissioner for Environment. Because we all want a clean Lagos. Apart from the popular saying that cleanliness s next to godliness. Our health is at risk. Imagine the disease one can get from all that stench and dirt every where. It reminds me of England in the 18th century when London was infamously filthy with sooty fogs and human sewage in Thames River. This high level dirt is capable of generating and spreading disease like wild fire. My opinion is simple, if Vision scape cannot do the job, the government should get a more competent company to do the job. Because the job must be done else the State would be faced with a new form of nightmare, an epidemic outbreak. Vision Scape seems overwhelmed with this high profile contract as its surrounding environment to its new office at Sura is also filled with dirt. And that’s not all, each time they carry out their routine visits to pick up refuse at residential areas, one can hardly tell the difference from before they came and afterwards. The highway in that area would still be filled with filth. More importantly, the reputation of Lagos state as a forward thinking state and a trail blazer is fast loosing its spot in the face of the dirt we face every day. Abi Is dirt the new trend in Lagos? Cheers!

Author: floramichaels

Hi, I am Flora Ngo-Martins. I love writing and I am passionate about fashion, stories, news and food. Sometimes I get a little bit serious but that’s alright, I can also be mischievous. I also like to analyse stuffs people do and sometimes judge.*wink*
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