The foreign firm contracted by the Lagos State government to rid the state of solid wastes has turned to local private waste operators for help in evacuating the wastes from residential areas.
. Visionscape Group, a Dubai-based environmental utility group, contracted by the state government last year is engaged in talks with the local waste operators (also known as public sector partnership, PSP, operators) on collaboration for domestic waste collection.
One of the talks took place between the foreign firm and the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, an umbrella body of over 350 PSP operators, on January 19th at the office of the firm’s lawyers in Lagos.
At the meeting, both parties agreed to explore collaboration and concluded that their consultants meet to draft possible terms.
Another meeting between both parties’ consultants held on January 22 at Visionscape’s office where it was agreed that the firm would send draft terms as a template to engage individual members the next day.
At the PSP operators’ general meeting on February 1, the group reportedly agreed to consider collaborating with Visionscape on favourable conditions but that all negotiations would be carried out collectively through the Association of Waste Managers while contracts would be signed by individual companies.
However, on February 12, Visionscape shocked the operators by placing advertorials in national dailies calling for Expressions of Interest for the “short haul transportation of municipal and solid waste” in the state.
The advertorial gave the PSP operators two days to submit their interests. Foreign firm, local waste