• PERENNIAL FLOODING: RESIDENTS OF FOUR LGS GET REPRIEVE AS STATE STEPS UP CANAL CLEANING

    Reprieve from perennial flooding has come for residents of 4 Local Council Areas which the drainage channel 6c passes through as the state has successfully desilted the major channel which housed mountainous refuse for over 10 years.

    The affected local Governments and Development Areas that the residents are enjoying a new lease of life are Surulere and Mushin and Odi-Olowo and Itire-Ikate LCDA

    Speaking with newsmen after an inspection tour of the major primary channel in Idi araba and Surulere on Thursday, the Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Eng Lekan Shodeinde said over 2 meters high refuse was evacuated at the Akobi Crescent end and the LUTH tributary.

    Shodeinde who was represented by the Director, Drainage Maintenance, Engineer Olalekan Ajani said at the inception of the present administration, most of the major primary channels were not functional and accessible because of the high volume of refuse which covered all the drains due to neglect.

    As attested to by some of the residents in Akobi Crescent and LUTH collector and tributary, Idi Araba and Ishaga who spoke with newsmen during the inspection, flooding has become a thing of the past since the state commenced regular clearing of the system 6c in 2019.

    He said the drainage channel which is about 13 kilometres in length and about 10metres in depth is one of the most strategic, which had made the areas involved very popular in the rainy season for the wrong reasons.

    “The present administration is determined to make the state flood free by ensuring that the major water ways that belong to the Federal Government are kept clean, the primary drainages that suppose to be maintained by Local Government regularly” he said.

    The PS said findings have shown that several Drainage channels which have been cleaned in the past turned out to be back in dirty state because of the unwholesome acts of residents and as such the Ministry ensures that the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) team work through out the year across the state.

    He added that the Ministry also plans to provide canoes for it’s EFAG operatives so that they make use of make use of it to clear floatables that are always noticed on channels that have been cleared immediately it rains.

    The Perm Sec was accompanied by directors enjoined the people to support government efforts by ensuring the regular clearing of drainages in front of their houses to ensure free-flow of water.

     

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Asst. Director Public Affairs (MOE&WR)
    July 15, 2021

  • LASG ENGAGES YOUTH FOR HANDWASHING AND CLEAN LAGOS CAMPAIGN

    ………trains Lagos Health officers on WASHNORM, and applicable barriers.

     

    In compliance with the National Youth Volunteer Programme on Handwashing and Clean Nigeria Use the Toilet Campaign, the Lagos State Government on Thursday flagged off the training of Youth Volunteers on Handwashing for Covid 19 interventions in the State.

    Speaking at the training programme, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Belinda Odeneye said the youth volounteer programme would help protect and maintain health security and curtail the spread of deadly infectious and communicable diseases.

    She said the volunteer programme was in compliance with Federal Government’s “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign”, adding that participants will be chosen from the 20 Local Government across the state and will be expected to project the adoption of safe WASH practices for Covid 19 prevention.

    The Permanent Secretary who spoke through the Director, Sanitation Services, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth said the Youth Volounteer Programme is one of the interventions of Government to curb the Covid 19 pandemic and it is designed to engage youth at the grassroot while creating awareness and sensitisation on safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices.

    Odeneye said that with the earlier flag off of “CLEAN LAGOS: USE THE TOILET CAMPAIGN” efforts have been put in place to ensure that all public places including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices have accessible clean water, and toilets within their premises for public use.

    She said the volunteers at the community level will be trained on communicating and demostrating good sanitation and hygiene practice that can help contain the spread of the corona virus and curtail the practice of open defecation in the state.

    “The youth will in turn be expected to engage household, community and institutional levels to pass on the message of effective handwashing as well as accelerate efforts to end Open defecation.

    Also speaking at the flag off, the Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs Oluyemisi Akpa congratulated Lagos State on the Flag off adding that the National Youth Volunteer programme was borne out of the Clean Nigeria : Use the Toilet Campaign launched in 2019 and was aimed to mobilze high level political support , resources as well as the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation.

    Participants at the flag off ceremony include Directors of the Federal and State Ministry of Environment and Selected Environmental Sanitation Officers from various Local Government, who were trained during the flag off on effective WASH steps at critical times, faeco-oral route of decease transmission and applicable barriers.

    The officers will in turn train the youth volounteers who will ensure diffusion of the message s to the least person in the community.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    June 24, 2021

  • CLIMATE SUMMIT PARTICIPANTS RECOMMEND ESTABLISHMENT OF A CLIMATE CHANGE FOUNDATION

    Participants at the just concluded Lagos 8th International Climate Change summit have recommended the establishment of a Climate Change Foundation that will include public and private sector stakeholders to address Climate Change issues in the State.

    In a communique released over the weekend, the participants also urged the State Government to put in place appropriate framework for accessing climate finance utilizing the direct and indirect strategies for raising climate capital.

    It was also suggested that the state should establish a standing inter-ministerial technical committee on climate change with relevant NGOs and private sector to develop strategies for implementing the Climate Action Plan (CAP) of the State, sector by sector and give regular advice to the Government on it.

    The communique also stated that Lagos State should incorporate resilience to long term impacts of climate change in the design and construction of buildings and critical public infrastructure with an addition that the State should make infrastructure more climate-resilient through retrofitting and implementation of regular maintenance regimes.

    It suggested the development of a framework for the introduction of green sources of energy into its infrastructure development as well as a pursuit of an aggressive implementation of a climate-resilient Smart City initiative.

    The communique also urged the State to vigorously pursue the implementation of the State’s Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP) to address transportation challenges and reduce Green House Gas emissions emanating from the sector.

    According to the resolution: “The State Government should put in place plans of action to support farmers in adopting climate-resilient agricultural practices and also put in place mechanisms for improved collaboration with other States to attain and sustain food security for the citizens of the State”.

    It emphasized that the government should promote climate smart and eco-friendly agricultural practice and promote zero waste as well as explore the potential for bioenergy generation.

    It advised that Lagos State government should as part of her Affirmative Action implement gender based initiatives targeted at empowering women to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    It noted that the Government through Ministry of Information and Strategy and its Agencies should commence advocacy on safety issues around LPG across its value chain.

    The participants urged the State Government to improve surveillance through human, animal and environmental monitoring with a view to promoting good health and preventing disease.

    “State Government should take advantage of the human capacity available within the tertiary institutions in the State to support research and innovation to generate new evidence and/or tools for health and to validate existing knowledge” it also stated.

    It also formed part of the resolutions that the the State investment in continuous strengthening of human infrastructure and organizational capacity to address the challenges of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) should be increased and sustained.

    It added that the State Government should raise a forum to discuss the effects of rural-urban drift on the State environment and infrastructure.

    The communique also urged the State Government to review and expand the scope of her Women Empowerment Initiatives to reach more women particularly those in rural communities.

    The international climate change summit is an annual event by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources to address climate change Issues that that has just been resuscitated after a five year lull.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    June 13, 2021

  • SANWO-OLU UNVEILS CLIMATE ACTION PLAN (CAP) TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES

    As Governor flags off Lagos State 8th International Climate Change Summit

     

    The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday unveiled the State Climate Change Action Plan that will set out and develop a Policy for combating the challenge of climate change in the state.

    Speaking at the flag-off of the 2day Lagos State 8th Climate Change Summit held at Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, he added that the document reflect the targets and goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

    The Governor said the state has a rich assemblage of projects being undertaken to address the Climate Change and fasttrack the attainment of zero carbon goal.

    He said public transport reform is planned to reduce the number of personal vehicles on the roads, by providing efficient alternatives in the form of low-emission buses and rail connections. adding that owners of personal vehicles are encouraged to shift to low-emission versions as well.

    He explained that composting, Recycling, Waste-to-Energy are just a few of the
    strategies the government is focusing on to improve the quality of waste
    management.

    He added that there are significant opportunities to roll out off-grid solar systems for public schools, hospitals and other government facilities in the energy sector.

    Sanwo-Olu also urged individual homes to move from fossil fuel generators to solar systems, saying that multiple seemingly-modest interventions successfully implemented across a wide variety of sectors will add up to substantial positive impact in terms of climate change adaptation and
    mitigation.

    “It has therefore become imperative that we address the pertinent
    issue of climate change because of its pivotal impact on key economic areas like agriculture, health, sustainable socio-economic development, as well as enduring peace and security in our society” he said.

    He said the updated Climate Action Plan revealed that the three main areas
    of threat to zero-carbon ambitions in Lagos State are energy,
    waste and transport which are the focus at the Summit.

    He emphasized that this year’s Climate Change Summit is a greater call to action as the world is at a point where climate change is no longer a theoretical threat, but a very real phenomenon playing out before everyone

    He said according to Geospatial World, the year 2020 was adjudged to be
    the worst year in terms of climate change, saying the world experienced a series of extreme climate events such as deadly flash floods in Jakarta, Indonesia, Storm Gloria in Spain, and a drought in Chile.

    He said the foundation laid by his predecessors, under whom the work of developing a Climate Action Plan and launching a Climate Change Summit began have been successful in building on the strong legacy of the past which includes the annual Tree Planting Exercise.

    He noted that the goal now is to extend the awareness to the entire populace to imbibe the culture of climate awareness in their homes, workplaces and lifestyles.

    He said four days ago, precisely on World Environment Day, the
    United Nations Secretary General reiterated the fact that the world
    faces an environmental emergency, which may lead to deprivation
    of food, water and other necessary resources needed to survive.

    He stated that the onus is on everyone to collaboratively do everything necessary
    to save the environment, to mitigate the adverse effects of climate
    change and to make the planet more pristine and liveable.

    He said Lagos is the first State in Nigeria to have developed a CLIMATE ACTION PLAN to help achieve an
    emission-neutral city by 2050, adding that the emergence of this updated Plan
    establishes Lagos as a national leader.

    The Governor commended the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
    which Lagos State signed up for in 2018, saying the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group has helped Lagos
    update the Climate Action Plan in line with prevailing realities.

    In his welcome address, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello said Climate Change was one of the defining challenges in recent times adding that receding forests, biodiversity loss, changing rainfall patterns, drought, increase in dust storms, increase in temperatures and rising sea levels are climate change effect that has been affecting human development in all parts of the world.

    He expatiated that the Lagos international Climate Change Summit since inception had become a melting pot for researchers, investors, academicians and stakeholders in the environment and economic sectors.

    It is one where notable decisions and actions are taken, adding that this edition will be reviewing an adaptation of some previous themes that project the States intention on projects and programmes that are climate change compliant.

    Bello said studies have shown that Year 2050 will be significant for the world, especially developing country hence something drastic and urgent has to be done.

    “It has been postulated that about 215 Million Urban poor in 495 developing cities will be vulnerable to extreme heat, million others will be exposed to other climate risks including sea level rise, flooding and Water Scarcity. Climate Change impacts has also been predicted to reduce crop yields by at least 10% thereby leading to food scarcity” he said.

    Giving a summary of the Action plan, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs Belinda Odeneye highlighted how the Action Plan relates to the vision of Lagos State adding that it has been broken down into four sectors namely Waste, Transport Energy and Climate Adaptationj Resilience.

    She said in the next 5years the state will implement waste separation sources as well as implement physical spatial development plan that will encourage low emission development.

    The Governor later unveiled the Climate Action Plan while being assisted by his Deputy, his wife, the Speaker and some other dignitaries present.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    June 8, 2021