- Waste Managers Lament Refuse on Lagos Roads
The waste crisis in Lagos State has become unprecedented with increased volume of garbage on the streets, roads, highways and median, almost taking the state back to 1999 when waste was competing with vehicles and pedestrians, the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria has said.
The association, an umbrella body of Private Sector Participants in waste management in Lagos, said the situation had become so alarming that it called for concerted efforts from the government, all stakeholders and the entire residents of the state.
In a letter addressed to the Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; and the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, dated December 21, 2017, the association described the situation as a crisis that required urgent attention.
The Lagos State Government had in June 2017 introduced the Sanitation Intervention Programme to address the challenge of refuse littering some parts of the state during the transition to the new solid waste management system known as the Cleaner Lagos Initiative.
According to the government, the intervention programme became necessary to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the effort to achieve a clean and hygienic state, and to also discourage indiscriminate dumping of refuse in places such as Ojuwoye, Mushin, Eti-Osa, Agege, Alimosho, Ojo, Ikeja, Badagary, Oshodi-Isolo, Lagos Island and Lagos Mainland, among others.
But rather than achieve its aim, the programme, according to AWAM, has only encouraged residents to dump their wastes on the roads with the expectation that the government will cart them away.
“This programme has escalated the waste management problems in the state. The Ministry of the Environment introduced it as a short-term measure that has now turned to an inconsistency in government policy of house-to-house waste collection, making it totally counter-productive,” AWAM said in the letter signed by its Chairman, Ola Egbeyemi; and General Secretary, Taiye Kolade.
AWAM in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, noted that the simple message of the waste intervention scheme was “go ahead and dump your waste anyhow, anywhere, anytime; we will pick them up.”
The group added that the payment of N25,000 per trip to its members who collect wastes from the dark spots was not economical to both the government and the operators, saying that while the government continues to spend heavily to evacuate the wastes, which keep reoccurring, the amount paid per trip did not cover the operational costs of the operators.
The group said, “The intervention has caused an unprecedented increase in the volume of waste on the highways and medians in recent times, as some residents now prefer to dump their wastes on the highways and medians as these are free of charge, as opposed to paying for waste disposal.
“What was meant to be restricted to the highway has now extended into the inner streets, thereby encouraging the residents not to patronise the assigned PSP operators in their areas. It has unfortunately led to a few operators abandoning their slots because the residents have stopped paying and now focus on the intervention programme. The end result is more waste, while the system is open to abuse and fraud.”
The group stated that its sustainable solutions included tackling the waste problem at the point of generation by enforcing the government policy of door-to-door collection, acknowledged to be an international best practice; and ensuring that all the existing dumpsites were made accessible at all times to enhance the turn around time of the operators.
According to the group, carrying out massive advocacy programmes to enlighten residents; enforcement of sanitation practices of bagging and containerisation of waste; provision of sustainable enforcement for non-compliance with house-to-house disposal and non-payment; and provision of subsidy for the low income areas are some of the areas the government should explore to solve the waste crisis.
Transcorp Hotels Expand into Marketplace, Launches Aura to Connect People, Hoteliers, Others
Transcorp Hotels Plc, on Thursday, announced it has launched a new digital platform, Aura, through which people can book accommodation, restaurants and experiences.
Aura, Transcorp’s first in the alternative accommodation segment, is part of the company’s asset-light model, leveraging technology to deliver true hospitality, exciting experiences, and drive shareholder value.
“It’s a new dawn in the hospitality industry! I am thrilled to introduce you to Aura by Transcorp, the digital platform we are using to connect people to quality accommodation, great food, and awesome experiences,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc. Dupe Olusola said.
“For more than 30 years, Transcorp Hotels Plc has been at the forefront of creating a superior guest experience at our locations. Today, our commitment to innovation has offered us an opportunity to extend this beyond the hotel premises,” Olusola added.
The launch of Aura by Transcorp is one of the most significant developments in the company’s history as it seeks to transform the travel and tourism industry in Africa by focusing on three important components of travel, whether for leisure or business — where you stay, what you eat and how you spend your time. With its people-driven hospitality model, Aura is set to revolutionise travel and help remind Africans of our deep history of hospitality.
Speaking on the launch of Aura, Obong Idiong, Chief Executive Officer at Africa Prudential Plc, Aura’s technology partners, expressed his excitement. “Finding the right accommodation when you travel can be incredibly complex. Options available for the right prices are often limited, and travellers sometimes end up with accommodation that taints the travel experience. Transcorp Hotels Plc has been able to fix that with Aura and we are proud to be associated with them.”
“To ensure topnotch user experience, we built a solution to drive digital transformation through the adoption of shared living spaces for the Aura business. With an advanced search algorithm powered by artificial intelligence, Aura determines the relevance of locations taking into consideration, the customers’ preferences and requirements to meet them at the point of their needs,” Idiong added.
Priscilla Adeboye, a travel enthusiast and early adopter of Aura, said the global pandemic has pushed international travel down her list. “But I still want to be able to take some time off work or spend a weekend away from home with the family. I have found incredible homes on Aura that meet my need for space and privacy.”
Siemens Energy Nigeria Appoints Seun Suleiman as Managing Director
Seun Suleiman is the New Managing Director of Siemens Energy Nigeria
Mr. Seun Suleiman is the new managing director of Siemens Energy Nigeria, the company announced on Wednesday.
According to the statement released by the energy company, Suleiman will be responsible for the entire management of operations and decisions on business policies and corporate strategy.
Commenting on his appointment, Suleiman said, “It is an absolute honor to lead the business for Siemens Energy Nigeria and I look forward to delivering on the brand’s promise of excellence.”
Suleiman joined Siemens Energy in 2014, bringing over 15 years’ experience and deep expertise in the private sector across Europe and West Africa.
The statement said, “He is an accomplished business strategist and success-driven leader with strong business acumen. Suleiman has also been a core member of the executive management team at Siemens Energy serving in roles as Sales Director West Africa – Service Distributed Generation Oil & Gas and Vice President Service & Digital.
“Prior to this, he also held various functional and managerial positions with ABB Ltd UK, ABBNG Nigeria, Schneider Electric Nigeria and Dresser-Rand Nigeria Ltd.”
It added that Suleiman was experienced in establishing operational excellence with specific competence in the power, oil and gas sectors.
FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations
FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations
The Federal Government on Monday said the Osubi Airport in Warri has been reopened for daylight operations.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Siriki, disclosed this in a tweet.
The airport was closed in February 2020 over mismanagement and debt allegation involving aviation service providers and airport management.
However, Oberuakpefe Afe, a lawmaker representing Okpe/Sapeie/vaie federal constituency, recently moved a motion for the Federal Government through the ministry of aviation and relevant authorities to reopen the airport for flight operations.
On Monday, Hadi Siriki said “I have just approved the reopening of Osubi Airport Warri, for daylight operations in VFR conditions, subject to all procedures, practices and protocols, including COVID-19, strictly being observed. There will not be need for local approvals henceforth.”
I have just approved the reopening of Osubi Airport Warri, for daylight operations in VFR conditions, subject to all procedures, practices and protocols, including COVID-19, strictly being observed. There will not be need for local approvals henceforth. 🇳🇬🙏🏽🇳🇬
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) March 1, 2021
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