The Lagos State Government on Thursday flagged off the “CLEAN LAGOS: USE THE TOILET CAMPAIGN” initiative to curb Open defecation, stating that over 600 private public toilet operators have been registered in addition to construction of over 140 public toilets.
In addition to the already constructed public toilet facilities, the State Government will be placing mobile toilets in strategic locations across the State, upgrade already existing toilet facilities to encourage patronage and partner with donors, individuals and corporate organisation in the management and maintenance of these facilities” she said.
Speaking during the celebration of the 2020 World Toilet Day held at Onigbongbo Motor Park, Ojota, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello maintained that the celebration brings to the front burner issues such as water, sanitation and hygiene.
Bello who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Service, Mrs Aderonke Odeneye said the theme for the year 2020 World Toilet day “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change” is apt and serves as a reminder of the importance of sustainable sanitation process, alongside clean water and handwashing facilities.
He explained that it would also help protect and maintain health security and stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases such as diarrhea, Cholera, Typhoid and the most recently COVID-19 ravaging the entire world and threatening human existence
The Commissioner said the flag-off of the “CLEAN NIGERIA: USE THE TOILET CAMPAIGN” was in furtherance of efforts to ensure that all public places including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices have accessible toilets and latrines within their premises for public use.
He stressed that the attitude of the citizenry in the usage and maintenance of the facilities had been very poor.
Bello also emphasize that the State Government had constituted a Special Task Force tagged ANTI – OPEN DEFECATION GANG on Open Urination and Defecation across the State to arrest and arraign defaulters before a Magistrate Court for prosecution.
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.
The Country Manager, Reckitt Benckiser, Asif Hashimi said the company was elated to partner with the Lagos State Government to change the face of Toilet in Nigeria.
He said the stigma of the rating of Nigeria as the first on the list of Open Defection can be fought in unison for a better and healthier environment calling on the general public, public toilet operators, individuals and corporate organisations to come on board to embark on aggressive sensitization campaign.
The representative of the Commissioner and special guests later officially handed over the rehabilittoilets toilets located in the Onigbongbo Park.
Director (Public Affairs)
November 19, 2020
……As State convenes One-Day workshop to debate Draft Plastic Waste Policy
The Lagos State Government on Tuesday publicly presented a draft plastic waste policy before stakeholders, stating that the time has come to find a lasting solution to the harmful effects of plastic waste across the state.
Addressing participants at a one day Stakeholders workshop on the draft policy at LCCI Conference Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello said stakeholders input is very important in shaping an effective and acceptable policy that will reduce the burden of plastic waste before enacting the policy.
He said the thrust of the policy will include implementing an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) which would be aimed at drastically reducing the amount of plastic waste entering the waste stream, by sorting at source.
According to him, Plastics in the environment have been a global problem and man’s relationship with plastics has been shaped by various cultural, social and economic factors.
He said in Nigeria, plastic waste and its unregulated production is fueling a crisis in the country adding that according to International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Nigerians are daily exposed to threats to life by plastic waste which has been found to contain a chemical substance named dioxin.
He explained that ICIR also notes the inability of the Nigerian government to come up with an implementable policy on the management of plastic waste thereby making dump sites the final destination of these non-biodegradable product where they are set on fire.
He informed that the Federal Executive Council has also approved a plastic waste Management policy for the country, adding that issues of environmental management and protection is a concurrent issue based on the provision of section 20 of the Nigerian Constitution.
He stressed that it means both Federal and State government can legislate over environmental issue, with the state’s legislation further addressing her specific geographical and demographical conditions.
The Commissioner said Lagos, is believed to be generating the highest volume of plastic wastes in Nigeria and this assumption is based on the State’s contribution to the National GDP, the State population coupled with the standard of living and social status of the State.
“In quantifying the plastic composition of the total waste generated in the State, if we imagine an estimated Lagos population of over 20 million consuming one beverage bottle daily, this will give 365 containers per annum per person giving us a total of 7.3 billion of plastic packaged beverages consumed annually. The environmental footprint of the plastic waste generated from these could better be imagined” he said.
He added that plastic pollute the landfill due to its non-biodegradable nature, clogging the drainages with attendant flooding and finding their way into the rivers thus impacting the health and wellbeing of both people, flora, fauna and the environment.
He emphasized that before now, government has implemented various scheme which include plastic buy back scheme, Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in partnership with Private sector and various activities of plastic recyclers and Producer Responsible Organizations to curb plastic waste burden but have not yielded the desired results.
He emphasized that the thrust of the policy would also ensure recyclable waste packaging as incentive to participants returning the waste to designated refund points while creating a circular economy for recy…