Lagos Waste: CSNAC asks EFCC to investigate ownership, operation of Visionscape
Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the ownership of a sanitation cleaning company, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, and and terms of its contract with the Lagos State government.
The group, a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organisations, made the demand through a petition to the acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, and signed by CSNAC’s chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju.
According to a statement Thursday, the group said its demand was in view of allegations of economic fraud, incompetence and dubious dealings raised against the company in its contract with the state government on integrated waste management.
“The Lagos State Government on the 23rd day of February, 2017 executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) authorizing the creation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) – the Municipality Waste Management Contractors Limited, for a major multi-year new integrated waste management services contract, with a 10-year initial duration and giving the company the mandate to implement the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) through the provision of vital infrastructure by designing, building and managing the first engineered sanitary landfill in Nigeria, in addition to the provision of waste collection, processing and disposal services for residential properties, roads and highways,” the petition stated. .
“However, recently there have been allegations from several quarters with respect to the several pertinent issues relating to the contract between the Lagos state government and VisionScape. The said issues include the questions and allegations as to the real people behind the company, the fact that until 2017, Visionscape as a company never existed and that its only existence in Dubai is as posted on the internet and quoted as “firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +97143501000 50th Floor, Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE, among other allegations.
The group alleged that in spite of the presence of VisionScape and the financial and physical resources made available to it, waste management has remained a problem in Lagos.