EXCLUSIVE: Visionscape set to suspend operations in Lagos over attacks on workers, trucks; UK board sends warning letter

Visionscape, the consultancy firm currently handling waste management in Lagos State, is set to suspend its operations due to growing concerns about the safety of its staff and equipment.

The company was engaged by Governor Akinwumi Ambode to replace local contractors who were mainly members of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. Visionscape became subject of discussions in Lagos politics in recent times when members of the APC in the state voiced out their frustration over their sack, and alleged poor performance by the company.

Ambode lost his bid for a second term earlier in the week principally for engaging Visionscape.

The company’s staff and equipment have also become subjects of attack in recent times according to its parent company in a letter to the Nigerian franchise team.

In the letter which was obtained exclusively by Newspeakonline, the parent company expressed concern over safety of its staff and assets in all parts of Lagos.

The letter, which was signed by the Chairman, Board of Investors, Lord Simon Reading, expressed regret that the accommodation made for the former contractors ultimately failed to appease them, thereby creating a volatile political environment against Visionscape operations in recent times.

The Board of Investors, therefore, requested an urgent appropriate measures to guarantee the safety of the over 1,000 staff members and assets, stressing that no contract is worth the lives of the personnel.

The letter, Newspeakonline learnt, forced the Nigerian team leaders of the company to consider suspension of its operations to prevent loss of lives and soiling of the company’s reputation around the world.

The letter is attached below:


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