The PUL under the Environmental Trust Fund was established as a funding mechanism to aid in the tackling of crucial environmental issues and the implementation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative.
Here are 11 very important facts you should know .
Fact 1- Annual Levy
The new annual Public Utility Levy, PUL is to be paid by residents of the state under the new waste management system.
Fact 2 – Replace Fees
According to Governor of Lagos State, Ambode, the Public Utility Levy would be introduced to replace all service fees previously paid to the Waste Management authorities.
Fact 3 – Rising urbanization
The Public Utility Levy will be a major contribution to the State’s ongoing efforts to address severe challenges that are unique to Lagos because of rising urbanization.
The money will be held in the Environmental Trust Fund and managed meticulously by a Board of SEC regulated trustees.
“The trustees are under strict obligations to the people of Lagos and will be accountable to the people for every naira we spend in line with our overall environmental agenda. Compliance is the key. The burden of the cost of providing these services will remain low if everyone does their part and pays their PUL. – Ambode
Fact 4 – Additional Supply of Manpower & Tools
According to the Govenor of Lagos state, Ambode a large multi-dimensional fleet of over 20 landfill and transfer loading station management vehicles, 590 new rear-end loader compactors, 140 Operational vehicles and close to 900,000 new bins to all be electronically tracked and monitored by our new unit PUMAU (Public Utilities Monitoring Assurance Unit) under the Ministry of Environment would be deployed.
Fact 6 – More Employment
The Public Utility Levy initiative would create at least 27,500 jobs.
In addition, the Community Sanitation Workers (CSW) who would be engaged will receive several incentives such as
- tax reliefs,
- life, injury and accident insurance,
the benefits all aimed at tackling the issue of poverty and the chronic unemployment crisis.
Fact 7 No loss of Jobs
“Everyone from the cart pushers to the existing PSPs and casual workers at the dumpsites have been considered in the plan and will be accommodated within the new environmental regime.
In addition, there would be opportunities to everyone along the value chain by working to create vocational training in the related areas through LASTVEB.
Fact 8 – Daily Sanitation
Giving details of the law, the governor said that sanitation would now be a daily affair in the State while the CSWs would be deployed in every ward across the State.
Fact 9- Secure Public Health of Residents
The governor expressed optimism that the new law would go a long way to secure the public health safety of residents most especially children, saying that on assumption of office, he saw the need to address the gap in the sanitation of residents and the State.
Fact 10- Aid in reduction of Pandemics & Expense on Health.
He said it was disconcerting to see that dysentery and other pandemics were on the rise with serious implications for the State’s public health expenditure, adding that the government thought it wise to tackle the root cause of the problem rather than spend excessively on treating preventable hygiene based diseases.
Ambode said that under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, the commercial sector would be serviced by licensed waste management operators while an environmental consortium will provide waste collection, processing and disposal services for residential properties through a long term concession.
Lets all work towards a healthier and cleaner Lagos for our children – our future.