Visionscape Group, the environmental conglomerate organization, has suspended the Lagos arm of its operations over threats to the lives of its employees and the wanton destruction of their equipment.
The organization was part of the structure laid by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in order to sanitise the city through the recycling and utilization of waste.
Unfortunately, this led to the displacement of the former Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators who were in charge of waste management in the city.
But for now, the company has downed tools and suspended its operations in the state because of the alleged threats to their staff members.
A letter was written by an inside source who is a senior staff of Visionscape, notifying the Lagos State Government of the suspension of operations, reads:
“At the recently concluded Governance Committee meeting, we passed a unanimous resolution to formally notify you of our concerns in response to the volatility in Lagos.
“At the time, we were given assurances that the accommodations made to the ‘PSPS’ by the franchise team would be sufficient to appease those who felt that Visionscape had taken away their jobs.
“With these priorities in place, we had great confidence that we would continue operations in Lagos State in a safe and uninterrupted manner.
“However, security reports brought to our attention, contain details of a surge in violent attacks on the trucks/equipment and, in some cases, the operators.
“Of utmost concern, are the recent developments surrounding the turbulent political environment wherein it was reported that the opposition in the upcoming gubernatorial race used subversive language about the residential collections contract and called it “a misadventure”.
“We, therefore, request that the Executive team take appropriate measures to mitigate the risks to the safety of our personnel and assets.
“We wish to hear from you as a matter of urgency, with a detailed plan to secure our investments in Nigeria and minimise attrition of the Group’s growth plan.
“We are committed to maintaining high levels of security and assuring the safety of the 1000+ Visionscape team members in-country.
“In conclusion, we have steadfast confidence in your ensuring that extensive protocols and procedures will be put in place to ensure the security of our people.
“We believe firmly that no contract is worth jeopardising that. We implore you to stay safe under the circumstances!”
The Lagos State Government is yet to respond to this notification.