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    The Secretariat, Ikeja






    ……Says measures are in place to contain heavy downpours in the state.


    Lagos State Government on Wednesday reassured residents that irrespective of the new rainfall advisory issued by the Nigerian Metrological Services (NIMET) on flash flooding, adequate measures are in place to contain any eventuality.



    Addressing the media at Alausa on the preparedness for heavy rainfalls which resume in September and the release of water from the Oyan Dam, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello said the capacity of primary and secondary drains have been enhanced through consistent cleaning and clearing to contain run offs.

    Pix 4179. L-R: Director Water Resources, Engr. Helen Taiwo; Honourable Commissioner, The Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello; Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde during the press briefing on resumed September rainfall held at the Conference Room of the Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources on Wednesday, 25th of August, 2021.

    “A practical demonstration of our preparedness was the over 10 hours rainfall experienced in Lagos on July 19 which resulted into flooding that submerged some houses and vehicles especially in Marina but which had disappeared the next morning, which was some eight to 10 hours after.”



    He explained that the same level of of preparedness is what the State has in store for the advisory by the management of Ogun Osun River Basin Authority on release of water from the Oyan Dam in September.

    He informed that Lagos State will maintain the long-established synergy and partnership with Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority which has ensured steady and systematic release of water from Oyan Dam to prevent flooding of the downstream communities.

    Pix 4218. L-R: Director Water Resources, Engr. Helen Taiwo; Honourable Commissioner, The Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello; Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde; Director Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite during the press briefing on resumed September rainfall held at the conference room of the Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources on Wednesday 25th of August, 2021.



    “We are stepping up the dredging and cleaning of all our channels and would also use the opportunity to once again put the residents of low-lying areas to be alert to be ready to move when rain of unusual intensity falls.


    He identified residents of areas especially those in the river banks like Agiliti, Ajegunle, Isheri North, Owode, Iwaya, Makoko, Badia, Ijora, Isaalu, Pota and Shibiri etc to bear this in mind.



    “All residents of the listed areas must be at alert to relocate to higher grounds to save their lives and properties when water is released by Oyan Dam authorities. For such people, they can always return to their abode when the water subsides” he stressed.



    Let me give an assurance to all residents that the proactive stance of the Ministry has always been “Be ready always”. We have always treated the 9 months of March to November as peak months of rainfall in our preparations. That is why we can never be caught napping” Bello assured.




    He stated further that one major contributory factor to possible flooding is the rise in sea level due to the costal nature of the State, saying that this has always posed risks to the State anytime there is high tidal movement which may “lock up” the discharge points of the drainage channels and until it recedes, there can be no discharge.



    “Such occurrences, also cause backflows, resulting to flooding. But as soon as the Lagoon recedes, all the generated storm water run-off will immediately discharge and our roads will be free of flash flood “ he explained.



    While appealing to residents to report cases of drainage blockages, dumping of waste into canals and other unauthorized places, Bello implored the people to continue to complement efforts of the State Government through regular clearing of drains in their frontages.


    He urged the public to desist from patronizing cart pushers as they are responsible for dumping waste into canals in the night after collecting money from residents for rendering services to them.



    He said the State Government recently commissioned 102 trucks and 100 dino bins so that PSP operators can serve residents in all LGAs and LCDAs better, adding that residents are free to report PSP operators in their areas when they perform below expectation.



    He stated that the Government is working on “Plastic Waste Policy” as plastics and styrofoam have become a major problem and as such government would find a way in reducing the use in order to reduce the use and control its prevalence.




    Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde in his contribution, implored the people of Lagos to support Government effort through regular cleaning of the drainages in front of their houses.



    He said the State Government is not unmindful of its statutory duties at any point in time.




    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE &WR

    August 25, 2021




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    The Secretariat, Ikeja




    … As Office of Drainage Services Holds Year 2021 Management Retreat

    The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Tunji Bello over the weekend reiterated the commitment of the state to continually enhance productivity and boost the morale of members of staff from time to time.

    PIX 9254 L-R : Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs Aderonke Odeneye, Hon. Commissioner Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, Guest lecturer and Permanent Secretary Local Government Establishment and Pensions, Mr Abiodun Bamgboye and Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Nurudeen Sodeinde. during the year 2021 Management Retreat on Drainage in Lagos State held on the 20th of August 2021 at Pelican International Hotel, Lekki.

    Tunji Bello who spoke at a 3day Management Retreat organised by the Ministry at the Pelican Hotel, Lekki, with the theme, “Drainage Management in Lagos State, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, added that the Government had prioritized capacity building as well as the issue of welfare of staff.

    He affirmed that the theme of the retreat is very significant as it is consistent with the vision to ensure inclusive growth, stating that social engineering has become imperative whereby drainage designs must have positive impacts on the society as a whole.

    He explained that it is high time residents’ engineers from the Ministry work closely with the Local Government Chairmen qnd authorities on how to embrace drainage maintenance, stressing that they need to be enlightened always that maintenance of tertiary drainages in their LGAs are their responsibilities while primary and secondary drainage maintenance are the responsibilities of the state government.

    According to him, “The Ministry needs to integrate Local Government in the drainage maintenance activities. The truth is without Local Government buy-in, we cannot achieve the desired maintenance of our tertiary drainages, which explains the reasons why their inputs are being sought for continuous drainage maintenance sustainability”.

    Bello commended the efforts of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gangs (EFAG) of the Ministry for consistently de-silting and working on various linkages to the secondary and primary channels in all the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas throughout the year to enable them to discharge efficiently and regularly.

    He encouraged participants to avail themselves of the opportunity of being equipped with the right skills at the retreat, adding that they should not rest on their oars, but continue to exhibit a high sense of responsibility and commitment to duty which are the qualities and values required from them.

    The Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe stressed that the theme “Drainage Management in Lagos State, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” will lay a strong foundation for the future development of Lagos State.

    He said the present administration led by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu believes in staff capacity building, noting that the State Government has invested enormously in same via human resource development for optimal performance regularly.

    “I will continue to express my great appreciation to every one of you for always contributing your quota immensely to the development of the state. I want you to always bear in mind that the reward for hard work is more work. So I want you to focus on the future which will be determined by your actions of today”, he said.

    He urged participants to use the opportunity of the retreat to learn new things on result-oriented excellent service delivery, stressing that the future they anticipated would become a reality if they remain open to innovative ideas and the continuous search for better ways of discharging their duties.

    The Permanent Secretary, Local Government Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mr Abiodun Bamgboye who spoke on Emotional Intellgence otherwise known as Emotional Quotient stated that it is critical for every leader to manage his own emotions and understand himself because emotions can drive behaviour.

    He stated that a leader must always emphasise and put himself in the shoes of subordinates and must not abdicate his responsibilities and powers

    The MD/CEO LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni while who delivered a lecture titled “Municipal Solid Wastes Management and Drainage Maintenance in Lagos State – The LAWMA Experience” stated that Marine Waste Operation started with 17 marine waste service providers and assigned to over 30 shorelines and major canals across the state.

    He added that LAWMA had been engaged in the massive evacuation of waste from canals and drainage since May 2020 in line with THEMES AGENDA, noting that the agency had also partnered with various NGOs and recyclers across the state.

    Also the Head, Projects Arts in Science Ltd, Mr. Inyang Effiong, in his paper titled “Technology for Effective Drainage Channel Management”, said in building and maintaining of the drainage channels, technology must be put into consideration adding that technology application helps in solving drainage problems and improve on existing ones.

    He stressed that technology application helps to know the present condition of channels, what interventions are required, what will work with the reality on ground and selecting the best effective solution always.


    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE &WR

    August 22, 2021.




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    The Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.






    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday rallied the support and cooperation of stakeholders and residents of Majaro, Iwaya, Alara and Adeshina in Lagos Mainland as work commences on System 3C and Alara /Adeshina collector drains in order to permanently curb the menace of flooding in the areas.


    Addressing stakeholders at a meeting held at Fazil-Omar Senior High school, Iwaya, Yaba Lagos on the project, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello said the flooding issue in Iwaya and environ had become of serious concern to government.


    The Commissioner who was represented by the Director, Drainage Enforcement and compliance, Engr. Mahmoud Adegbite explained that the Majaro/Iwaya primary channel – System 3c is one of the major channels in Iwaya, Yaba LCDA in Lagos Mainland Local Government, adding that the concrete lining will effectively enhance the free flow of storm water within the communities in the area.


    He added that Alara /Dacosta/Adeshina collector drain is in its earth stage, stressing that the construction of the upstream and downstream would give a facelift to the communities and compliment the rapid development of the area.


    He stated that the Sanwo olu administration is determined to prevent further loss of lives and properties occasioned by flooding and that was what necessitated the award of the contract in the first place.


    He said the construction of these Drainage Channels would contribute to sustainable development and a quality living environment for all, adding that the cooperation of all residents was necessary to see the contract through.


    According to him, “without your robust contributions and buy-in, we cannot achieve the desired success, which explains the reason why your inputs are being sought as we commence the job”.


    He charged residents in the areas to observe the going -on at the site in order to supervise the project and report their complaints to the Ministry incase of noticed discrepancy as regards the project.


    In his address, Honourable member of the State House of Assembly representing Lagos Mainland 2, Hon Olanrewaju Oshun. Lanre Oshin, appealed to the residents to collaborate with the State Government on the construction of the major drainage channels in the axis.


    He noted that construction of canals is going on in various areas across the state for water to flow naturally, stressing that government will not relent in performing its responsibilities of maintaining a flood free and clean environment.


    He appealed to residents to take ownership of the project after completion and desist from the arbitrary dumping of refuse into canals in order to continuously sustain a flood-free Lagos.


    Giving a background on the scope of the project, the director drainage construction, Engr. Dapo Ajadi said System 3C channel is a major channel in Iwaya within Yaba LCDA starting from Olu Osifeso to the confluence point Alara Onike Oko Agbon channel while the channel upstream start from Olu Osifeso street, through Igbore street, Arowolo street, Omodunni street, Makoko Communities and its environs and eventually discharge into the Lagos Lagoon through System 3B Alara Onike Oko Agbon Channel.


    He added that the project at Iwaya include the Construction of one Rectangular Drain measuring 100metres and two Trapezoidal Drain measuring 850 metres, adding that the Alara/Dacosta/Adeshina collector drain takes its source from Alara/ Dacosta street, through Adeshina street, linking up to Zanzi street and draining storm water runoff from these streets and its environs through Sewanu to outfall at System 3b.


    He added that the downstream section to be concrete lined is Alara/Onike/Oko Agbon /Makoko Primary channel that takes stormwater runoff from Bickeresteth estate in Iwaya. Olajide street, Gbede street, Sojinu street, Oko Agbon , Makoko adding that a Rectangular Drain of 400metres and Trapezoidal Drain 100metre will be constructed.


    The Chairman, Stakeholders forum in Iwaya community, who also spoke, Chief F. A Ogunbanjo, commended government for the laudable project urging community members that achieving the project may come with some pains as building on the setback and alignment may be moved, but it will be beneficial to all residents on the long run.


    He thereafter assured government of the cooperation of the residents of Iwaya.





    kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE & WR.


    August 18, 2021.




    …To Complete Landfills Rehabilitation in Days

    Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has rejuvenated its operations around the state, taking full advantage of the new waste collection trucks and the double dino bins injected into its fleet by Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in line with his administration’s drive towards actualising the second pillar of the ‘THEMES’ Agenda: Health and Environment.

    The huge advantage that the trucks has brought into waste management in recent times cannot be overemphasized, as the capacity to collect, transport and dispose waste has greatly improved, their presence in a ubiquitous manner can be felt in every nook and space of the state and steadily, an hitherto huge waste that adorn the landscape is gradually and steadily disappearing, to the delight and satisfaction of Lagosians.

    The narrative is indeed changing and we will take full advantage of this, by not resting on our oars until our primary objective ensuring a sustainably clean environment is achieved.

    Another major component of the Authority’s operational drive is the landfill rehabilitation.
    The major landfills scattered all over the state are currently undergoing rehabilitation process which has really affected our operations and a noticeable feature is the presence of traffic around the areas.

    It is of note that the rehabilitation of these landfills, especially capping, road networks, upgrading and the likes actually started around March this year, but unfortunately, activities were greatly hampered due to the rains and the process was forced to stop by the end of April/May, due to the bad and unfriendly weather.

    Work has, however, resumed in earnest on the landfills, taking advantage of the August break and we want to assure Lagosians that, in the next ten days, the exercise will be completed and the good news is that, the turn-around time will radically improve and the traffic snarl around those landfills, triggered by the rehabilitation works will disappear.

    In equal terms, some of those old LAWMA collection trucks would be boarded to some of the PSP operators, whose trucks were destroyed during the unfortunate EndSARS protest, to support their operations, increase their capacity for better service delivery and optimal performance. A committee has been constituted in this regards in order to ensure transparency and that due process followed, just like the previous one which had already been completed.

    The Authority wants to assure Lagosians that it will continue to, not only seek guidance from the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources from time to time, but also collaborate on formulation of right policies, programmes and directions, in order to ensure a clean cityscape, as well as create a people-friendly and sustainably clean Environment livable for all.

    Furthermore, LAWMA will improve and upscale its regulatory role, through constant monitoring of the over 450 PSP operators across the state for efficiency and compliance, our Marine operations; Medical Waste; School Waste; Market operations; Construction, Demolition and Disaster Waste operations (E-waste inclusive); Recycling programme; Waste to Energy; Waste to Wealth and over 15 waste management programmes that the Authority oversees.

    The Authority hereby appeal to Lagosians for their understanding, patience and support as we employ all scientific and technological methods to bringing about a sustainably cleaner environment for the good of everyone.

    While assuring you of our total commitment to our filial duties and responsibility, we want to use this medium to once again, ask Lagosians and tenements not to dump refuse indiscriminately in unauthorised places, patronise our assigned PSP operators and pay your waste bills promptly, for better and efficient waste management delivery in order to ensure a sustainably cleaner environment.