A former Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, on Thursday said the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to empower the Private Sector Participants (PSP) on waste disposal to address the challenges of environmental degradation.
Bello, who was a former Commissioner for the Environment in the State, gave the suggestion while answering questions from the members of the 16-man Ad-Hoc Committee during the screening exercise at Lateef Jakande Auditorium, Alausa Ikeja.
While giving his experience as a former Commissioner of the Environment, Bello disclosed that the State government had a development plan (2012-2025) which the last administration failed to work on.
According to him, the development plan which also included environmental sector, was a system that would ensure that Lagos State is put on a sound pedestal to compete globally.
“Some of the experts brought in the ministry of the environment were posted out. That was how most of them became discouraged, even their equipment disappeared,” adding that he gave advice to the state government.
“But the past administration ignored this advice and threw away the model that has been earning the state global accolades. And that was when the system started crumbling.
“So, the Ministry of Environment, which was saddled with the responsibility of maintaining and ensuring better environment, was confronted by dearth of experts. So, the ministry was deprived of staff that could monitor and supervise the activities of the PSPs in the state. And the ministry was disorganised.
“In fact, after the redeployment was done, the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, suffered greatly. This is because some of its equipment got missing. And other things happened to the agency,” the former SSG added.
“I believe the present administration will have to work on this. May be we will have to suggest that the government will have to buy more compactors for them,” he said.
Bello, who has been serving in the State government cabinet since 2003, disclosed that Lagos generates 1,000 metric tones of refuse daily which require adequate method of disposal.
“We need to reduce the number of waste to dumpsite. This is by sorting, starting from home to make money,” he suggested.
Another nominee, Princess Adebowale Owoeye, who is a registered nurse explained that to have sound health care delivery, the government would have to take care of welfare of medical workers.
She argued that based on her experience outside the country, “doctors and nurses are glorified. So the first thing is to work on the welfare of staff.”
Professor Akinola Abayomi, the sixth nominee to be screened by the committee, said that free health was not possible and backed the health insurance scheme of the state, saying that with this the rich would pay for the healthcare of the poor.
The first nominee screened was Mrs Toke Benson who is the Assistant Legal Adviser All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State.
Secretary of the State APC, Dr Wale Ahmed, who was a member of the House in 2003, was asked to take a bow and go.
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