• LASG Meets With PSP Operators, Restores Door-to-Door Evacuation

    LASG Meets With PSP Operators, Restores Door-to-Door Evacuation

    The Lagos State Government has met with PSP operators in Waste Management, saying they should go back to their various areas of operation and restore door-to-door evacuation of waste.

    Addressing operators at the meeting, held at LAWMA Office, Ijora on Tuesday, the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello stated that in making good its promise to achieve a cleaner and healthier environment, the government of Lagos State had constituted a committee, headed by the Secretary to the State Government, to thoroughly review the situation and design template for the restoration of the services of PSP operators.

    “This move is to reassure you that we are set on a new beginning and it is to consolidate what we have achieved. Everybody must work together to restore the glory of Lagos”, he said.

    He said that the government had appointed Mr. Ola Oresanya, former General Manager of LAWMA, as a consultant to work with the State to fashion out a format for the restoration of door-to-door waste collection.

    He urged the PSP operators to be ready for work and set aside any misgivings, adding that he was in constant touch with the leadership of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM) who had assured him of their cooperation.

    Earlier, the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti urged all stakeholders to recognise the urgent need to clear the backlog of waste in the metropolis, while a holistic solution was being worked out simultaneously.

    “Being aware that PSP operators were in business to make profit and sustain employment, government therefore enjoins residents to pay for waste collection by the PSP operators”, he added.

    Speaking on behalf of the PSP operators, the Chairman of AWAM, Mr. Oladipo Egbeyemi expressed his appreciation to the government for the development and urged for thorough situation review and provision of enabling environment for unhindered performance by his members.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    23rd October, 2018

     

  • CLIMATE CHANGE: AMBODE CALLS FOR LIFESTYLE CHANGE TO ATTAIN SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

    CLIMATE CHANGE: AMBODE CALLS FOR LIFESTYLE CHANGE TO ATTAIN SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

    The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has urged the people to change their lifestyle in favour of nature conservation for the attainment of sustainable environment in Lagos State, he stated this during the 2018 Annual Walk for Nature, held at the State House, Marina, Lagos on Saturday to advocate sustainable living and conservation of natural resources.

    Ambode who was represented by the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, stated that it was imperative to combat the impacts of pollution on our ecosystem, its biodiversity and human health by shifting to a more conscious approach to consumption and interaction with the environment.

    “The theme of this year’s annual walk for nature, ‘beat pollution, live a sustainable lifestyle’ is very appropriate in view of the ever increasing pollution levels in our society due to human activities”, he said.

    He urged the people to optimise the use of natural resources and exert minimal impact on the environment, adding that both government and the citizenry must work together to enforce policies that would prevent people from embarking on activities that could have negative impact on the environment.

    He said that the concerted efforts of his Administration at greening, landscaping and provision of scenic gardens and conservation parks were geared towards achieving sustainable development for the benefit of over 23million citizens of Lagos State.

    The Lagos State Governor noted that the impact of pollution on the ecosystem could not be overemphasised as it affected the planet through the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

    He emphasised that the annual Walk for Nature was a wakeup call to all Lagosians to rise in defense of the environment and collaborate to address the unconscionable pollution of the environment by focusing on attitude that despoil the land.

    His words: “Nature has blessed us with the resources that we need to survive; it is up to us to optimise their usage and conserve for posterity, so that we do not compromise the benefits of future generations”

    The governor urged Lagosians to refrain from activities that could cause pollution and degradation of the environment and enjoined all to advocate the culture of re-use, recycle and clean production.

    Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, Speaking through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, remarked that it was of immense benefit for all stakeholders to raise awareness on nature conservation, sustainable living and most importantly, the preservation of the rich biodiversity of Lagos State through the Walk for Nature, which was an important campaign to propel the people towards positive behaviour to the environment.

    The walk for nature is held annually by the Lagos State Government in collaboration with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation to advocate sustainable environment.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    20th October, 2018

     

     

     

     

     

  • LASG URGES ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS IN MINING, DREDGING ACTIVITIES

    The government of Lagos State has urged sand miners and dredgers in the State to be mindful of their impacts on the environment and operate in manners that would prioritise the protection of the environment.

    This charge was giving today by Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare, the Commissioner for the Environment during his welcome address at the 2017 World Soil Day which was marked in Ikeja with major stakeholders in the sand mining and dredging industry.

    Adejare stated that in line with the theme of the year 2017 World Soil Day which is “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground” the Lagos State Government decided to raise awareness on the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the increasing challenges in soil management through a seminar.

    He said that organizations, communities and individuals around the world must be encouraged to give attention to the pressing issues affecting soils, such as soil contamination, degradation, over mining, oil spills, poor waste disposal, flood and erosion among other activities impacting negatively on soils.

    He stressed that the soil must be protected because it was responsible for our food, shelter and sustenance while the quality of the soil impacts so many other critical elements like water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, plant growth and crop production.

    “The message must be loud and clear; we must do all we can to protect and improve soil and its resources because it is the only home we have” he said.

    He said that the ever growing population of Lagos State with the  attendant increase in demand for shelter and food brought about aggravating pressure on sand mining and dredging on land and water respectively, adding that these activities contributed to the impact of Climate Change and Sea Water Rise, resulting in heavy erosion of coastal communities and flooding in the State.

    He said it was imperative for the State Government to engage the stakeholders in regular seminar to address the soil challenges and threats as well as regulations required for the overall achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2015-2030.

    According to him: “The seminar will review some environmental challenges associated with sand mining and dredging in the State and appraise the prospects of the activities if carried out in sustainable patterns, showing scientific evidences as applicable across the globe”.

    The Environment Commissioner reiterated that ensuring a safe, resilient and sustainable Lagos, through the conservation, protection and restoration of terrestrial and aquatic natural resources for the wellbeing of the citizenry in urban and rural areas of the State remained imperative to the government.

    He advised residents to desist from indiscriminate disposal of spent oil, uncontrolled tree felling and urged tree planting to protect the soil from the ravaging effects of erosion.

    Stressing government’s avowed commitment to the protection of the soil as a vital resource, Adejare warned those involved in illegal sand mining to desist as such would not be tolerated.

    The 5th of December has been designated by United Nations as the World Soil Day following the adoption of the 68th UN General Assembly Resolution in 2013. The maiden edition in Nigeria was commemorated by Lagos State last year.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    5th December, 2017

  • LASG ADVOCATES SUSTAINABLE SANITATION PRACTICES

    The Lagos State Government today joined the rest of the world to mark the World Toilet Day by promoting healthy sanitation practices among Lagosians

    Speaking during the celebration of the 2017 World Toilet Day in Ojodu-Berger Bus Terminus, the Commissioner of the Environment, Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare, maintained that the celebration brings to the front burner issues such as water, sanitation and hygiene.

    According to him, proper handling of these critical issues would help reduce government expenditure on treatment of diseases and make more money available for other important public uses.

    While emphasising the need for proper sanitation habit, Adejare said that by United Nations estimate, 2.5 percent of the world’s seven billion people, mostly in rural areas, do not have proper sanitation while 1.1 billion people still defecate in the open.

    “This has significant impacts on human health, dignity and security as well as the environment, social and economic development. The countries where open defecation is most widely practiced are the same countries with the highest mortality rate of children under five, high levels of under nutrition and poverty as well as large wealth disparities,” he said.

    The Environment Commissioner stated that sanitation and toilet issues required urgent actions to stem the tide of diseases and bring about healthy citizenry.

    His words: “This staggering statistics no doubt calls for urgent action among all stakeholders to prioritise toilet and sanitation issues, enhance access to water and sanitation facilities and as well spread awareness of the ills of undesirable sanitation practices.”

    Adejare said that the administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was making determined efforts to eradicate the menace of open defecation and urination through the provision of public toilets and upgrading of already existing facilities across the State.

    “All public institutions in the State such as petrol filling stations, eateries and shopping malls are mandated to maintain clean toilets and give access to members of the public. We have also ensured that non-compliance attracts appropriate sanctions.” He said.

    He said that the Lagos State Government’s commitment to attaining the smart-city status for the State could not be sacrificed at the altar of poor sanitation and inefficient solid waste management, stressing that the environment remained the State’s priority as it was important for maintaining a secure and more prosperous State.

    He enjoined Lagosians to join the State crusade of attaining a cleaner, healthier, functional and sustainable environment, capable of promoting economic growth and well-being of the entire citizenry.

     

    Jide Atansuyi

    Chief Public Affairs Officer

    Ministry of the Environment

    23rd November, 2017

  • LAGOS SHARES CLI VISION WITH ONDO

    The Lagos State Government has shared its experience in implementing the Cleaner Lagos Initiative with Ondo State, saying, as a matter of policy, it was always ready to share with other states of the federation, experience garnered in managing the State.

    Speaking, while receiving his Ondo State Counterpart, Mr. Funsho Esan in Alausa on Thursday, the Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare said that Lagos had always been a reference point in terms of proactive policies and programmes, adding that the Cleaner Lagos Initiative was not an exception as other states including Kaduna and Ondo had come to understudy the implementation of this initiative.

    He said that it was in the best interest of the country when states compare notes and learn from one another.

    Adejare emphasized that the implementation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative was a clear sign that the State was capable of taking care of its environment by creating the enabling environment for private sector investment in the waste management sector.

    “We have adopted the Cleaner Lagos Initiative to address the Solid Waste Management sector’s financial challenge, technology gap and increasing waste generation, influenced by population increase”, he said.

    He explained that as part of the reform in the sector, the Lagos State Government had concessioned the management of domestic waste to a renowned multinational company and recertified some of the existing PSP Operators to service the commercial sector.

    According to him, the benefits of the new system included placement of about 900,000 electronically tracked waste bins across the state, the deployment of 500 new compactors, the establishment of engineered land fill sites and material recovery facilities as well as the creation of over 40,000 jobs, including 27,500 Community Sanitation Workers, who would manually sweep streets in the 377 wards of the state.

    He urged the Ondo State Commissioner for Environment to consider the peculiarities of his state and strive at domesticating the Lagos State vision in the form that would best suit his state, saying that Lagos was quite different from Ondo State in some respects.

    Earlier, the Ondo State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Funsho Essan, who stated  that he was in Lagos to tap into the State’s wealth of experience in  waste management especially through the solid waste management reform, tagged the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, remarked that Lagos over the  years had  succeeded  in managing waste effectively, despite its many challenges.

    He stressed that his State would not hesitate to learn from Lagos State and adopt aspects of the Lagos State initiative, where possible, as this was in line with the on- going efforts to enhance regional cooperation in the South West.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    October 19, 2017

  • ADEJARE RALLIES MUSLIMS TO PROMOTE UNITY

    As Muslim faithfuls are observing the holy month of Ramadan, they have been urged to promote unity and peace and offer prayers to enhance peaceful co- existence amongst Lagosians.

    This call was made by the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Samuel Babatunde Adejare while speaking at the 14th edition of the annual SABACO Ramadan Lecture organized by Samuel Babatunde Adejare Campaign Organization (SABACO), held at the Blueroof, Okekoto ,Orile Agege last Friday.

    The Commissioner who said that Ramadan teaches cleanliness, self-discipline, justice and fairness in the  society, called on all Muslims particularly in his constituency to reflect on these important lessons and make them a greater part of their daily lives to promote peaceful co-existence amongst the people.

    Adejare who also used the opportunity to call on the people of Agege community to embrace cleanliness which is one of the hallmarks of the Islam, stressing that the on-going reforms in the solid waste management in Lagos State, tagged the Cleaner Lagos Initiative was in the interest of all Lagosians as it is one of the best ways to maintain cleanliness in the environment.

    “Cleaner Lagos Initiative is aimed to protect the environment, human health and social living standards of Lagos residents by promoting an holistic approach to environmental challenges and ensuring improved operational efficiency” he said.

    In his Sermon the Guest Speaker, Dr. Abdul Kareem AbdulLateef who is also the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Lagos State admonished everyone to ensure that they encouraged unity and oneness as entrenched in the Holy Quran. He further called on all Muslims to ensure that they promote togetherness amongst their neighbours and give room for religious tolerance.

    The special guest and spiritual father of the day, Sheikh Habibulahi Adam Al-Ilory (OON), a member of the World Conference of Islamic Affairs urged all Muslims to seize the opportunity of the holy month to fervently pray for continued peace and progress in Lagos State.

    The SABACO Ramadan Lecture is organized annually by the campaign organization of the Commissioner for the Environment Dr Samuel Babatunde Adejare to promote peace and support the people of his constituency.

     

  • LASG CREATES 40,000 JOBS THROUGH CLEANER LAGOS INITIATIVES

    -27,500 direct jobs for Community Sanitation Workers      

                  -over 10,000 indirect jobs

     

    As part of its job creation and empowerment drive, the Lagos State Government is creating 40,000 jobs through the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) which the government has embarked upon to reform the solid Waste Management sector in the state.

     

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare disclosed this while briefing the press midweek in Alausa.

    He stated that the CLI, as a job creation and empowerment programme, included a Community Sanitation Workers (CSW) Scheme that would expand the scope of the current Street Sweeping Programme from 4,500 sweepers to 27,500 CSWs to cover all of the 377 political wards in the State.

    He added that 377 Ward Resident Contractors (WRCs) would be engaged while a competent Human Resource Management Company (HRMC) would also be engaged to train and deploy the CSWs to each Ward Resident Contractors that would then manage and supervise their activities.

    Adejare maintained that the Community Sanitation Workers would be fully kitted and equipped to sweep the inner streets and take care of vegetal nuisance in their communities and would receive several incentives which include: tax reliefs and healthcare, life, injury and accident insurance benefits.

    He said that one of the major benefits of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative is that it would lead to the deepening of economic complexity to create numerous new business opportunities such as the fabrication of bins and equipment and provision of supply services among others.

    According to him, “the Cleaner Lagos Initiative will further guarantee the vision of the Lagos Sate Government’s commitment to the realisation of a sustainable and habitable environment.”

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Head, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    20th April,, 2017

  • ADEJARE URGES CDCs/ CDAs TO ADVOCATE CLI

    In continuation of the on-going Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) advocacy, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, the Commissioner for the Environment, has urged Community Development Committees/ Community Development Associations to advocate CLI in their respective communities.

    He made this call in Lagos Island on Tuesday at the CLI advocacy meeting with stakeholders in the Lagos Island division of the State.

    According to him, the CLI is essentially for the benefit of the people as it is designed to tackle public health challenges through the attainment of a sustainable environment in addition to other benefits such as job creation, cleaner environment and wealth creation through healthy living.

    He stressed that CDAs were strategically placed to advise the people to cooperate with the government by maintaining friendly dispensation to the new initiative and as well support the programme by embracing the Public Utility Levy which he said would be affordable.

    “No doubt CLI will give value for the money paid by the people as government has engaged competent waste management company which is transforming the sector with over 500 brand new compactors, 900,000 waste bins, Transfer Loading Stations and Engineered Sanitary Landfill Site”, he said.

    He urged members of CDC/CDAs to return to their communities as advocates of the CLI in view of its many advantages to the people of Lagos State.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director (Public Affairs)

    Ministry of the Environment.

     

    29th August, 2017

  • LASG URGES LAGOSIANS TO BE MINDFUL OF THE ENVIRONMENT AS THEY CELEBRATE SALLAH

    LASG URGES LAGOSIANS TO BE MINDFUL OF THE ENVIRONMENT AS THEY CELEBRATE SALLAH

     

    …….Says no sale of Rams on Highways and Roads.

    The Lagos State Government has called on Lagosians to be mindful of the Environment as they celebrate the Id-l-Kabir festival this weekend.

    Speaking to the media on Tuesday, The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare said that it was necessary to enlighten Lagosians that they should show utmost love to their environment even as they celebrate.

    Adejare, who wished all Muslim adherents a happy celebration, urged Lagosians to respect the environment, bear in  mind that a lot of waste would be generated during the Sallah  and  dispose of animal waste properly as well as bag their refuse and put at designated points.

    He assured Lagosians that the Sanitation Intervention Programme with the combined efforts of the Ministry of Environment and Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) was still on course to rid Lagos of refuse heaps.

    He said that the administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode had been in the fore front of the campaign for healthy people and cleaner environment, thus encouraging Lagosians to desist from acts that could have negative impacts on the environment.

    His words: “to guide against the outbreak of epidemics, residents of this State must always ensure that they handle waste in the most appropriate way”

    Meanwhile, Adejare reminded Lagosians that the Law against street trading was still in force, stressing that the Government would not tolerate any form of street trading which includes display of rams on major highways, road medians, lay-byes, gardens and parks  across the State.

    He said that while it was not unusual for traders to take advantage of the season to market and sell rams, this must be done without defacing the state or compromising the wellness and wellbeing of Lagosians.

    He urged Lagosians to take advantage of the various parks and gardens across the state during the celebration for leisure, funfair and relaxation as these parks were made for their use.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director (Public Affairs)

    Ministry of the Environment.

     

    29th August, 2017