… Urges Lagosians Not To Panic
The Lagos State Government has explained the cause of the fire which emitted thick smokes from the Olososun dumpsite on Wednesday as the natural outcome of trapped gasses from the waste escaping to cause combustion, a situation which occurs occasionally in dumpsites.
The State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, who gave the explanation while speaking on the incident at Alausa, stated that waste in dumpsites naturally emits certain gasses that are occasionally released to cause combustion such as the one witnessed in Olososun dumpsite.
He said that the State Government had responded swiftly to the situation by activating its emergency response units including Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and Lagos State Fire Service with support from Julius Berger to promptly put out the fire.
While urging Lagosians not to panic as the situation is under control, he informed that “Subsequently, the Olusosun dump site has been closed down for the main time, while operators are urged to make use of Epe Landfill and other dumpsites in the State”.
Durosinmi-Etti recalled that the Lagos State Government had said repeatedly that the existing dumpsites at Olusosun Ojota, Solous Igando and Ewu Elepe were not sustainable and had mapped out plans for their phased closure and had concessioned the construction of Sanitary landfill in Epe and Transfer Loading Stations in different parts of the State.
According to him, the government has also earmarked other landfills for construction in Ikorodu and Badagry as an integral part of the infrastructure development component of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative which is the sustainable model for Solid Waste Management.
The Commissioner stressed that the administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode in Lagos State had been proactive enough by identifying the gaps in the waste management system and envisioning the Cleaner Lagos Initiative as the sustainable system of managing our waste as well as passing the Environmental Management and Protection Law 2017.