PDP cautions Ambode over ban on waste collectors
The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has charged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to show compassion in the implementation of his policies on Lagosians.
The party spoke against the backdrop of raging controversy over the plan by the state government to replace the private sector participants (PSP) engaged for disposal of wealth with new foreign operators.
It would be recalled that the PSP under the umbrella of Association of Waste Managers comprising more than 350 operators had sued the Government over the plan even as they warned that such move could bring back the regime of heaps of refuse in the state.
The PDP in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taofiq Gani on Sunday alleged that the governor was trying to replace the PSPs with “another single company believed to have been floated by a close associate of the governor and who is partnering with foreigners”.
The opposition party said the new company should be restricted to establishing transfer loading station, Land field sites, Material recovery facilities, waste recycling operations, among others thereby creating new jobs.
According to the Lagos PDP; the good intention of the “cleaner Lagos” policy would be defeated especially if the tested and experienced indigenous PSP waste collectors, with at least 100,000 staff are not strategically included in the scheme and in good faith.
According to the Party, “no government policy can be justified where the rights and privileges of citizens are unjustifiably eroded, negligently ignored or flagrantly disregarded with impunity”.
The party also charged the governor to investigate the attacks on staff of the state Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and takeover of their offices in many local government areas allegedly by the intended investor.
The statement read in part: “The idea of a cleaner Lagos would be worth the efforts if the implementation is not to merely empower any crony whereas the economic and employment rights of many are violated.
“It is also the fact that there are now many court cases challenging the manner and unconstitutionalism in the implementation of this policy. The state government should exercise patience till after these cases are resolved. This is the path of Rule of Law expected of any responsible people’s government.
“If the implementation starts without the grey areas resolved, especially the security of the jobs now created, the state will be worse off. For instance, the new company can only re-employ the sacked staff.
“This will amount to job recycling and not job creation as promised by Ambode; the incursion of investor company now known to have many foreigners is not good for our state security at this time as they will have access to homes and government offices unfettered in their contract to clear waste.”