While Messrs Visionscape Sanitation Solutions(VSS) has said there is no cause for alarm over the resolution of the Lagos State House of Assembly to summon the executive arm of the State government to explain the state of waste management in Lagos, lawyers who spoke with the Nigerian Tribune described the move as “failure of oversight function abinitio”.
The House of Assembly had in a resolution invited the Accountant-General of the state Mrs. Abimbola Umar and three members of the State Executive Council to brief its ad hoc committee, on all issues surrounding waste management in Lagos and the role and status of Visionscape. The invited commissioners are Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem; the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade and the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti.
But in an interactive session with journalists last week, one of the panelists representing Visionscape, Dipo Wintoki said the House of Assembly was performing its statutory function and there was no cause for alarm since Visionscape had a valid contract from the government.
“The emergence of the contract was done through regular and due process. The Lagos State Government has an obligation to fulfill its part of the contract. The process of awarding the contract to Visionscape was not arbitrary. This will be resolved,” Wintoki said.
Condemned the action taking by the Assembly members that the consultant in charge of collection and disposal of the waste had failed to meet up with the vision provided in the new law passed to tackle issues around refuse in the State, Mr. Femi Ademola, a Legal practitioners, said the statement shows that the lawmakers have failed in their legislative assignments.
Angered by the statement attributed to the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, who said the consolidated law on the Environment which the House passed was in order, but that it needs to be pointed out that a provision of the concession included in the law was not complied with and that government ought to revert to the House before bringing in Visionscape.
This comment, Ademola said portrayed the Assembly men as an incompetent bunch, who “either have a hiding agenda, or sheer naivety of their oversight functions” Read more<<<<<