…Council manager calls for patience, sense of responsibility
By Damilola Kushimo
In the March edition of the monthly Isolo Community Development Council (CDC) meeting held at the council secretariat on Wednesday, 21st of March, 2018, the residents of Isolo community through the executive members of the CDC have lamented over poor service from the state official waste carter Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).
The complaints made from various communities in the council were based on poor or no service in some areas from CLI as the residents clamoured for better service from the waste management company.
The unexpected lamentation arose exactly a month after a delegate of CLI led by the foreign Operational Manager, Aravinde, visited the CDC and promised improved service to the community but to the surprise of the residents, wastes have been piled up in many areas within the community, posing health hazards to the residents.
Although, the residents were reassured by delegates from the state during a sensitization visit held at Ire-Akari market last week that CLI would be periodically visiting the council area on Saturdays to cart away wastes, the residents maintained that the reality of the promise was yet to be noticed in many parts of Isolo, even as the former CDC Chairman, Alhaji Kadiri Koleosho, made it known that there was no single facility from CLI management in Ajao Estate since inception of its operation.
“I’ve not seen Cleaner Lagos Initiative in Ajao Estate at all, no activity from CLI has ever happened in Ajao Estate. Their vehicles have never come around, no receptacle have been deposited. They’re not living up to the expectation,” he complained.
In addition, a community executive from Ilasamaja revealed that most of wastes activities in the area were still being maintained by PSP, revealing that operations from CLI were not as expected in the area.
The CDC Chairman, Alhaji Fatai Abisiga, confessed that CLI has been coming to his area but rarely carted away all the heaps of refuse in the area, faulting electrical wirings as impediment to some areas.
However, he implored the community residents to be more patient with the waste management company as he claimed that they were still much on feasibility operation with less equipment.
“Let’s tell our people to remain patient with them. We’re not the only LCDA complaining. Moreover, they are still on feasibility operation in the state,” he reiterated.
The CLI Council Officer for Icolo LCDA, Engr. Olufemi Oludotun, who briefly spoke with our correspondent when seen at another event, urged the people to exercise more patience, stressing that much effort were being put in place by the company to ensure thorough and periodic waste evacuation from the nooks and crannies in the council.
He however, commended the council chairman Hon. Shamsudeen Olaleye, for being there during the company’s test of time to ensure wastes were regularly carted away in major areas in the community as and when due.