By Okuanwan Offiong and Vivian Ihechu
Some residents of Lawanson and Mushin environs of Lagos State are groaning over the continued accumulation of refuse heaps within the areas.
The residents, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, referred to as on the related authorities to accentuate efforts in evacuating the refuse at present scattered far and wide.
NAN experiences that piles of unpleasant refuse seen on the highway medians alongside the Lawanson-Itire highway (Lawanson Bus Stop) and Mushin roads had been able to creating well being and environmental challenges.
Mr Bamidele Farouk, a banker residing throughout the neighborhood, described the state of affairs as embarrassing and unhealthy.
“For a city aspiring to be a “mega metropolis’’ to have such heaps of refuse but to be evacuated from the roads, is embarrassing.
“It isn’t a sight to behold and pressing motion needs to be accomplished to deal with the state of affairs which is unhealthy.
“For instance, alongside this Lawanson-Itire highway, the heaps have stretched from the Total Filling Station/Anjorin Bus-Stop to MRS Filling Station/Jubril Martins Road junction; and, it’s extending.
“The heaps are already bringing out offensive odour, thereby making passers-by and residents to all the time cowl their noses,’’ Farouk stated.
Mr Segun Ogunkoya, a bus driver, instructed NAN that the heaps of refuse had not been eliminated by the state waste managers for a number of days.
Ogunkoya, stated, “Residents and merchants bag their refuse and convey to the median for evacuation. Unfortunately, the refuse collectors haven’t been coming with their vehicles and the heaps are piling up.
“With time, the refuse in-between the roads are loosening and are already being scattered far and wide.
“We name on the company of presidency in control of waste administration to urgently come and evacuate the accrued refuse; the scent is unhealthy, the sight is ugly and it’s encroaching the place we load passengers,’’ Ogunkoya stated.
Mrs Philomena Udoh, a trainer, stated, “As the heaps of refuse are mounting on the main roads, the connecting and adjoining roads are worse off.
“If you go round Cole, Anjorin, Oseni, Aborishade, Babalola, Ishaga, Garba Musa and all different streets round, one will actually run away due to the massive quantity of accrued filth.
“The related authorities ought to please do one thing quick earlier than our individuals, particularly the weak ones like kids and ladies, begin falling sick,’’ Udoh stated.
Mrs Munirat Owolabi, a dealer on the Idi- Oro Market in Mushin, additionally referred to as on the federal government to hasten the evacuation of the heaps of refuse alongside the Mushin- Idi-Oro Market highway.
“Allowing these heaps of refuse to stay right here is an eyesore.
“The stench is horrible; individuals navigate via the heaps and promoting wares amidst these heaps isn’t good in any respect.
“We are trying as much as the federal government to do the needful; it’s their accountability to offer a great waste disposal mechanism and we anticipate them to take action.
“We are but to see the supposedly new buyers swing into motion; they need to please achieve this shortly,’’ Owolabi stated.
On the related well being implications of the continued presence of the refuse, Dr Gerald Williams, stated it may end result into an outbreak of cholera, malaria, water and air airborne ailments, in addition to pores and skin infections.
Williams, who commutes from Cele space of Lagos via Lawanson to Surulere the place he works, stated that he was stunned at how the refuse had mounted; but, nothing had been accomplished to evacuate it.
“This goes to indicate what number of the lives and welfare of residents are valued; it’s unhappy.
“These heaps function good breeding locations for vermin and brokers of illness comparable to pests, rats, flies and mosquitoes.
“Mosquitoes trigger malaria; houseflies are brokers of micro organism that carry ailments together with diarrhea, typhoid, cholera and dysentery and rats are recognized to transmit ailments comparable to Lassa fever, Leptospirosis and another Haemorrhagic fevers.
“Also, when the refuse continues to remain on the roads, the thrash begins decomposing; liquid will leak out and contaminate floor water, floor water, boreholes, our complete water our bodies and the ecosystem.
“So, authorities ought to as a matter of urgency, be sure that the heaps of refuse are evacuated with out additional delay,’’ he stated.
Williams stated that the heaps of refuse may additionally end result into outbreak of pores and skin and respiratory ailments.
NAN experiences that Mr Segun Adeniji, General Manager, LAWM A had stated that 35 per cent of the gear required for the onset of waste evacuation within the Lagos metropolis had arrived.
“From this year , all operations will be carried out by a competent body called Visionscape International, and the agency will handle all waste and refuse issues,” he stated.
According to him, the corporate will start the clearing of waste in a fortnight with the obtainable gear.
“We will quickly begin residing underneath the circumstances of a brand new programme referred to as the ‘Cleaner Lagos Initiative’ (CLI) within the subsequent few weeks when the gear rolls out.
He stated that LAWMA was now a regulatory physique, as towards the time when LAWMA was solely finishing up 90 per cent operations and 10 per cent laws.