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Lagos to convert Olusosun methane gas to electricity

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In a move to tackle posed by the methane in Olusosun dumpsite, the Lagos state government has commenced de-commissioning study at the site.Special Adviser to Governor Ambode on Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) Mr. Ademola Shabi, who disclosed this at a briefing on the activities of the state to rid refuse out of the streets of Lagos, said the decommissioning was to determine how to use the gas to generate electricity.

He stressed that a pipe has been laid underneath the soil to collect the methane gas from the site, which has recently been causing serious controversy. Mr. Shabi also disclosed that the ongoing capping of the dumpsite with clay and laterite was to check the movement of leachate from the site to other areas.

According to him, a non permeable membrane will be laid in Olusosun dumpsite to prevent the ugly incidence that occurred at Ogba six years, where school pupils were choked to death because of gaseous effusion.

On efforts to enhance waste collection and disposal component of the cleaner Lagos Initiatives, he said the state is intensifying its advocacies to ensure that Lagosians imbibe the new culture of waste disposal and management.

The special adviser disclosed that 47 waste Collection Organisations (WCOs), also known as PSP operators have signed into the new waste management agreement with Visionscape for the collection and disposal of waste.

This, he said, was to demonstrate that the state has no intention to take away jobs from the PSP operators.He also gave the commitment to supervise daily evacuation of waste at the eight Transfer Loading Stations (TLS) in the state in order to ensure quicker response time.

These efforts, he said, will ensure improved waste management in the state.He however urged Lagosians to desist from bringing their waste on the highways but to bag them properly awaiting evacuation by the PSP operators.According to him, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) officers have been instructed to arrest any body found to be disposing refuse on the road or black spots.

All relevant stakeholders in the Cleaner Lagos Initiatives, including the Chief Executive officer of Visionscape, Mr. John Irvine, Leadership of LAGESC, representatives of Ikeja GRA resident Association and PSP operators, attended the programme organised by the Lagos state Ministry of the Environment and Visionscape Sanitation Limited.


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