Lagos: When waste challenges a mega city
LAWMA started a 10-year reform programme, which meant that the rickety vehicles and open trucks used by indigenous investors began to give way to compactors, which is the right equipment, and payment by residents was introduced.
But for the communities with a large number of the poor, such as Ajeromi Ifelodun, Ajegunle, Badiya and Makoko, among others, where people could not easily pay for their waste disposal, the government subsidised payment up to 60 per cent.
The government was then spending close to N230m monthly to pay contractors involved in waste evacuation and every attempt to recoup the money was not successful.
At this point, the indigenous investors, who were merely contractors with the government, working and getting paid based on their capacities, were given five-year franchising agreement to manage waste, provide services and collect revenue from residents.
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