A former Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, has said the administration of former state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, rejected his advice on waste disposal which impacted negatively on the environment.
He urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to empower Private Sector Participants on waste disposal to address the challenge of environmental degradation in the state.
The commissioner nominee spoke on Thursday during his screening at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja.
While giving his experience as a former Commissioner of the Environment, Bello disclosed that the state government had a development plan from 2012 to 2025, which the last administration failed to work on.
He said the plan, which also included the environment, would ensure that Lagos was on a sound pedestal to compete globally.
“Some of the experts brought in the ministry of the environment were posted out. That was how most of them became discouraged. Even their equipment disappeared,” he said.
Bello added that he advised the state government on the situation.
“But the past administration ignored this advice and threw away the model that has been earning the state global accolades. And that was when the system started crumbling.
“So, the ministry of environment, which was saddled with the responsibility of maintaining and ensuring better environment, was confronted by dearth of experts. So, the ministry was deprived of staff that could monitor and supervise the activities of the PSPs in the state and the ministry was disorganised.
“In fact, after the redeployment was done, the Lagos State Waste Management Authority suffered greatly. This is because some of its equipment got missing and other things happened to the agency,” the former SSG added.