The Lagos State Government said it has concluded arrangements to decommission the landfills and refuse dump sites located along LASU-Isheri Road.
This is part of efforts targeted at preventing potential exposure to an epidemic among its residents.
The Commissioner for Health and the Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Prof. Akin Abayomi and Mr. Tunji Bello had issued a joint statement today, saying their respective Ministries are aware of the dump sites in the environment.
Prof. Akin acknowledged the health and environmental dangers the dumpsite constitutes to the neighbourhood and, particularly, the Alimosho General Hospital.
“Situating a waste yard right beside a general hospital or in the proximity of residential community is totally unacceptable,” he said.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello outlined plans put in place to find a lasting solution to the nuisance created by the dumpsites and landfills.
He disclosed that the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources has mandated the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to begin the process of decommissioning of Solous 3 dumpsite.
The process of decommissioning will start with rehabilitation and improved management of the dumpsite as a critical first step towards eventual decommissioning in two to three years.
He hinted that Solous 3 dumpsite will be converted into a Material Recovery Facility and Waste-to-Energy plants that will power the Alimosho General Hospital and the College of Nursing after decommissioning.
He stressed that the traffic congestion on the road occasioned by queues formed by waste collection trucks would also be eliminated.