The Managing Director of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr Ola Oresanya, has revealed plans by the Lagos state government to close down the Olusosun Landfill in Ojota by 2022.
The LAWMA boss made the announcement on Thursday during a tour of the 23 year-old site in Lagos.
Oresanya said the authority had started the process for the final wind down programme of the site.
“The first thing we are doing, in this direction, is the covering of the earth and the landscaping of the site.
“We have six years of active refuse dumping and the last year of it will be the final cover by 2022.
“This place will be turned to a green park and used for various things like a golf course and recreation centre.
“The electricity that will be used in this place will be from the methane gas generated at this site,’’ he said.
He also said the authority would provide a fish pond to breed different species of fishes to complement the green park centre.
Oresanya explained that a Boston based company in the U.S. had been contracted to execute the project.
He said that the landscape of the dump site had been adjudged to be suitable for golf course.
The Olusosun is the biggest of the existing three landfills, covering 41.7 hectares and receiving 40 per cent of the wastes being generated in the state.
The two other landfills are at Igando in Alimosho Local Government Area and Eru-Elepe in Ikorodu Local Government Area of the state.
The Olusosun site receives 11,000 metric tonnes of wastes, delivered by 300 trucks everyday.
The site had received 40 million metric tonnes since November, 1992 when it was established.