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Lagos communities lament as refuse collectors hike charges

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Residents of Shogunle, Ewutuntun and Mafoloku in the Oshodi area of Lagos State are lamenting the recent hike in the cost of waste disposal by the Private Sector Partnership operator in the communities.

Some of the residents who spoke with on Sunday lamented that despite the current economic situation in the country, the PSP operator increased the cost of waste disposal from N200 to N900 since September 13, 2022, and had refused to change it despite repeated appeals.

A resident, David Olorundare, expressed displeasure over the incessant increase, adding that the agency had increased the price of waste disposal two times within a year.

“The PSP operator has been increasing costs since 2021,” he lamented.

Another resident simply identified as Feyisara urged the government to intervene in the matter, adding that the hike had gone beyond the proposed 50 per cent.

Reacting, one of the PSP operators in charge of waste management in the area, Excellence Waste Management, said residents were duly informed before the hike.

The firm’s Director, David Oriyomi, said, “When we were collecting the old rate, diesel was sold at N225 per litre. But unfortunately, diesel has gone up to N700 per litre.

“We couldn’t render our service at that rate again.”

 We notified them about the new rates at the CDC and CDA before rolling out the bills. The exchange rate also contributed to the increase. LAWMA approved this increase,” he said.

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