Review of Lagos State Environmental Law overdue– Expert

Environmental law

An environmental law expert, Taiwo Adewole, has called for a review of the Lagos State Environmental Law 2017, submitting that it is long overdue.

Mr Adewole, Chief Executive Officer of Taiwo Adewole and Associates, on Friday in Lagos said that the 2017 Environmental Law was done in a hurry. 

He said that the previous Environmental Law was done to favour a service provider Visionscape Sanitation Solutions and the state lawmakers had seen the flaws and now want to set the record straight.

”There are a lot of flaws because it was rushed and passed into law just to favour Visionscape, all in the name of Public Private Partnership (PPP),” the environmentalist said.

He said that while reviewing the law, the aspects of first line charge payment to Visionscape and the total scrapping of the Private Sector Participants (PSPs) should be looked into.

According to him, the area of introduction of Waste Collection Operators (WCO), which is selective of some selected PSPs, and total relegation of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) should be reviewed.

”The new law should give all opportunity previously given to Visionscape to the PSPs in terms of PPP and funding based on first line charge and signing of bonds for the indigenous PSP/investors,” he said.

It will be recalled that the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday began a three-day retreat to review the state’s Environmental Law and nine others enactments to meet global best practices.

The Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, said the House was committed to moving the state forward with realistic laws.

“We must restructure them (selected laws) and introduce new laws where applicable. We need laws that can satisfy the interest of our constituents.

“In our parliamentary business, we need to pick laws that we have passed and see areas we need to tinker with so that we continue to do what we were elected for,” he said.

Obasa said that Lagos had a good environmental law in place, but had problems with the implementation.

“We are here because people raised eyebrows over some aspects, and we want to see how we can amend them.

“We have brought in people who have served as commissioners, as insiders, to tell us what is wrong with the laws and what we need to do.

“We will continue to review our laws. It is by going through them regularly that we will prepare our state for a better law.

“Even if a law was passed yesterday, we can come around to review it today,” he said.

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