Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has justified the decision of the state government to shut down the Olusosun dump site in Ojota, saying the location of the facility is no longer healthy for trading and living.
He said, “What happened is not as if anybody deliberately put fire there. It is the refuse that is dumped there as well as the gas coming from the underground and the hot sun which was around 36 to 38 degrees that caused the fire. We thank God nothing bad happened to those living there and around the neighbourhood.
“What we have decided now is that there will not be dumping of refuse here any longer. But the most important aspect of it is that I cannot open my eyes and allow diseases to befall you here. At the end of the day, it is the government that will still care for you. So, we have to sit down and agree.
“I have not come to disturb you; what should be removed will be removed; we are not dumping waste here again. What will benefit all the people here is my concern. But we have to take it one after the other and we want all your leaders to cooperate with us.”