The Akinwunmi Ambode-led government in Lagos State is presently subjecting the 47-hectares Olusosun dumpsite at Ojota to capping to stop emission of poisonous smoke and fire outbreak at the facility.
Reporters who visited the dumpsite on Monday submitted that work is in full gear as earthmoving equipment are seen overlaying with sand while loaders are pouring laterite on the surface.
Speaking on the project, the Director of Environmental Services, Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Dr Iyabo Phillips, said that the capping would last for a month.
Phillips said that the site has been covered with 250 truckloads of laterite every day to ensure that the resurfacing area was completed within a month.
She said that drainage had been constructed around the dumpsite for easy access to the dumpsite to prevent erosion.
“We are aware of the impact of the fume on people around, so we had to pull down the fence down in order to control the fume coming out.
“To ensure that lives and properties are protected, all the inhabitants of the area, especially asthmatic patients, have been asked to vacate to enable us to quench the fume.
“The volume of the fume has been reduced,” Phillips said.
General Manager, Lagos State Waste Management Authority, Mr Segun Adeniji, said that the capping was undertaken by the state government to drastically reduce fire and smoke from the landfill site.
Adeniji said that government was aware of health hazard of smoke on the people and was making serious effort to stop it immediately.
“We are assuring the people living in this area that within a couple of weeks, this will be a thing of the past.
“The entire plan is total remediation of the place so the state government can turn it into a recreation park for people to relax,” he said.