Numerous drivers and local inhabitants in the Alimosho Local Government area of Lagos State have expressed their dismay over the deteriorating condition of waste collection trucks traversing the region's roads.
These stationary trucks, commonly referred to as PSP trucks, frequently break down unpredictably on the roads, resulting in traffic congestion. When these trucks malfunction, the drivers tend to abandon them on the spot, posing a hazard to other road users.
Dehinde Olawala, a local driver, pointed out that these breakdowns are causing significant traffic issues along roads like Isheri-Igando, as these two-lane roads cannot handle the delays. He also noted that the trucks often remain unrepaired on the roadside for days.
Another motorist, Charles, highlighted the lack of proper caution signs when these trucks break down, which can lead to accidents. He recounted a near miss due to poor visibility and lack of warning signs.
The majority of these trucks are operated by contractors working with the Lagos Waste Management Authority on behalf of the state government. Additionally, the dumpsite in the Oko filling area has contributed to the frequent presence of these trucks in the community and their use of the roads.
Furthermore, the stench emanating from these trucks is affecting the well-being of residents and business owners in the area. The state Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotosho, encouraged residents to report such incidents to the relevant authorities, such as LAWMA or LASTMA, so that efficient trucks can be dispatched to remove the broken-down ones promptly.