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Monarch seeks more jobs for Nigerians


Worried by high rate of unemployment in the country, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akinolu, has advised the Lagos state waste managers, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, to employ more Nigerians into their operations.
Oba Akiolu made the appeal when top management of Visionscape led by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. John Irvine, paid a courtesy visit to his palace in Iga Iduganran, Lagos Island.
He urged the multinational organisation to teach the people how to be self-employed rather than paying them peanut.

Contrary to public opinion, he said the environmental utility company was not out to take the jobs of the PSPs, but to teach them better ways of managing waste.
“I appeal, they are not taking daily bread from them but teach them better how to do it (manage waste), Oba Akiolu said, imploring Lagosians to support the company’s mission to ensure a cleaner Lagos.
Hitherto, apart from waste collectors and sweepers in its employment, the organisation had promised to employ additional 200 scavengers at its landfill site in Epe for the purpose of sorting of waste as part of move to boost the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).

Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Forgacs, noted that previously, there used to be 500 scavengers on site but that it had reduced drastically, adding that very soon, the body would soon employ scavengers between the ages of 1 and 50.

He said the company had a plan to train scavengers who were below the ages of 18 years for future purposes of reintegration.
The Lagos monarch acknowledged that the waste management firm had a good reputation and an international pedigree, maintaining that though he was not an investor in the company, but has decided to give it 100 percent support.

On challenges of waste collection in Lagos, Irvine said the organisation had embraced Waste Collection Operators (WCOs) who, according to him, would help in the interim to tackle the daily collection and take the waste to Epe.
Unlike Olusosun dumpsite that went up in flames, the CEO gave assurance to residents that the engineered landfill being constructed by the company at Epe would not experience fire outbreak.

He said: “Olusosun fire incident is very unfortunate and we symphatise with the people involved. But just to make the record clear, Epe landfill is a total different super-structure as it is the first engineered landfill in Lagos.
“What happens in a landfill is that we construct the waste in a certain way that doesn’t allow fire outbreaks to happen because we capture the leaking gas and we take away the leachate,” he said.

Irvine also addressed the concerns of the residents complaining that they were yet to get the waste bins and bags being distributed by the waste management firm.
He pointed out that the organisation’s brief changed when the state government asked if it could take over waste in the market, public areas and schools, while all plans to attend to residential waste has been re-configured, so the vehicles will be here.
He assured: “The vehicles will be here; the services will be here also, but you have to understand that there’s a lot of waste being generated by entrepreneurs and we will clear that backlog.

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