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Lagos: Long history of unenviable romance with refuse


Initially, the private sector operators were made to handle collection of bin from house to house under the supervision of LAWMA. Then, the PSP operators enjoyed a form of intervention fund for their services; with this they could service their vehicles, machineries and offset the overhead costs which have kept them in the business of keeping Lagos cleaning.
The situation, however, took an unfavourable twist when the economy went into a recession, resulting in a meltdown that affected every form of business. But the situation was not such that waste management was seriously affected as dump sites and transfer loading stations like Olusosun located within Ikeja local government, Ikorodu, Simpson on Lagos Island continued to function. Same with others located in Epe, Agege and Oshodi.
Services continued without much interruption until January 2017 when the Lagos State government rolled out a new policy tagged Cleaner Lagos Initiative, CLI, believed by the PSP operators to be a fallout of the prevailing recession and was intended to drive revenue generation.

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