• Speech By The Honourable Commissioner For The Environment At The Launch Of 2016 Conservation Ecotourism For Selected Students In Lagos State.

    All protocols duly observed.
    On behalf of His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos state, it gives me great pleasure to launch the maiden program of conservation ecotourism for selected students in Lagos secondary schools.

    Eco-tourism refers to environmentally responsible travel to natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature that promote conservation, have a low visitor impact and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local peoples. Ecotourism is distinguished by its emphasis on conservation, education, traveller responsibility and active community participation.

    The conservation ecotourism for selected students in Lagos schools have been responsibly planned to include program that will minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment.

    Lagos as an urban area has been undergoing a lot pressure from developmental projects and population growth leading to destruction of natural habitats. This be as it may, it is noteworthy that Lagos as an urban centre still incorporates conservation of natural areas in order for the people to enjoy nature. This program aims to demonstrate to the selected students the pristine, fragile ecosystems that are in Lagos by travelling to some selected locations within a spate of one week. The sites to be visited include:

    • Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF) at Lekki-Epe expressway where they will engage in talks on nature conservation, canopy walk, fishing, bird watch amongst other activities.
    • Origin zoo garden at Ikorodu where they will first and foremost be taught on the history of Lagos, visit the climate change museum, look at various animals in captivity as well as engage in local games.
    • They will also visit some swamp forest, mangrove and wetlands along Ikorodu axis. The students will also be shown life Pangolin which is an endangered species commonly traded along that axis.
    • Q-Brat Zoos and Garden along Badagry axis where they will be lectured on the history of the Badagry people, observe the various animals in their natural habitat and after this, move out to visit some wetlands that are still in pristine state such as the one in Yeketome and Ganme. They will also visit and observe the walls of coconut trees and other interesting areas.
    • OMU Resort Centre at Epe. Here, they will observe the appalling state of the activities of sand miners, dredgers and other activities of environmental degradation as well as observe various mangrove plants, and animals.
    • Akin-Sateru Farms at Km 20, Ikota, where they will learn piggery, fishery, poultry, feed meal etc.
    • The program will climax with shopping and Barbecue night reception which will serve as an avenue to get feedback on the program from the participants.

    Through this program, the following benefits are derivable:
    • Broadening the students’ knowledge on conservation and climate change issues in the state.
    • Enhancement of bio-cultural diversity which will help to inculcate in the participating students the natural and cultural heritage of Lagos State.
    • It will also increase capacity building and knowledge among the selected students on environmental and conservation issues thus becoming an Ambassador of change.
    • It will helpenlighten and empower the visiting local communities to achieve sustainable development.
    • It will further serve as a means of advancing social, economic and environmental objectives in Lagos State.

    Let me further state here that this program is very innovative in that it is a means of looking inwards by the government. Some years back, the government sponsor selected students on this type of ecotourism abroad, specifically, Germany. This program, apart frompromoting local ecotourism, will enable the students to appreciate our own environment as well as save the government scarce foreign exchange used in sponsoring such trips abroad in the past.

    The Conservation Ecotourism also afforded us the opportunity to partner with spirited members of the public, the private sectors and Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs)to sustain this maiden initiative.On behalf of the state government, let me express our profound gratitude to all our sponsors and partners. These include Association of Food and Confectionaries of Nigeria (AFCON), Friesland Campina, UAC PLC,Chivita PLC , 7-Up Bottling Company, Nigeria Bottling Company, Games Supermarket , Goodies Supermarket , Spar Supermarket , Fan Milk PLC ,Cadbury PLC , Louis Valentino , Shoprite PLC ,Orchid Hotel & Resort Centre ,Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF), Origin Zoos and Gardens , Q-Brat Zoos and Gardens,Omu Resort Centre , Akin-Sateru Farms among others.

    I also hope you will all extend your hands of fellowship in future edition of the program.
    Thank you all.
    Itesiwaju ilu Eko lojewa logun!!!

  • Press Release – Monthly Environmental Sanitation Holds On Saturday 30th July 2016

    The Lagos State Government has declared that the July 2016 Environmental Sanitation Exercise will still be dedicated to cleaning of drains and canals across the state, to allow for free flow of water as the raining season near its peak.

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, in a press statement, reinstated that the Sanitation Exercise will be observed state-wide between the usual hours of 7:00am-10.00am on Saturday 30th July, 2016, during which, as usual, there will be restriction of human and vehicular movement across the State.

    Dr. Adejare implored Lagosians to come out en-masse on SaturdayJuly 30th, 2016 to clean and clear the drains in their neighbourhood so as to continually prevent flooding in the State. He warned that the period of environmental sanitation should not be used for any social engagement or sporting activities, but for serious cleaning and sanitation exercises.
    According to him, “As we are all aware, Lagos is a Coastal City that has high water table levels and prone to flash-floods whenever it rains. We must therefore imbibe habits which will reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of flooding in the State”.

    He said that the target of the state this year is to sustain past record of flood abatement, thus making it possible for the State not to experience flooding as in the past years, adding that, “this can only be achieved through effective collaboration of the people.”

    The Commissioner advised residents of the State to desist from dumping waste arbitrarily into the drainage channels and canals in order to maintain a flood-free Lagos. He also warned residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from the illegal act as it is still an offence. He advised them to dispose their waste through LAWMA/PSP Operators.

    He urged the entire residents, to ensure that their environment is kept clean at all times and free from storm water stagnation, which could also be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other health hazards.

    He therefore, warned inter-state Bus and Luxurious Bus Operators, Transport Owners and Road Transport Workers to comply with the restriction order on human and vehicular movement between 7.00am-10.00am, stating that anyone caught violating this order will be apprehended and prosecuted, while passengers in such vehicles will also be prosecuted according to the State’s Environmental Sanitation Laws.

    Adejare further assured that Law Enforcement Agencies, including Nigeria Police and officials from LAWMA, LASTMA and KAI have been fully mobilized to enforce the restriction of movement order adding that offenders will be prosecuted according to the State Sanitation Laws.

    The Commissioner assured the people of Lagos of the commitment and determination of the State Government to attain a sustainable, safe and clean environment. He therefore urged Lagosians to support Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s vision of a cleaner and healthier Lagos by abstaining from bad environmental practices such as open defecation and urination, littering of the highways and roads.

    Tunde Awobiyi
    Ministry of the Environment.

  • Address Delivered By Dr Babatunde Adejare Commissioner For The Environment At The Monthly Press Briefing,On Thursday, June 28,2016 At The Ministry’s Conference Room At Alausa-Ikeja

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    Gentlemen of the press, I welcome you to the Monthly Press Briefing of the Environment Family. Let me reiterate that the platform is intended to sensitise the members of the public on government policies and actions designed to address challenges arising from developments in the environment.

    It is therefore necessary for me to remind Lagosians again of our government’s unrelenting resolve to ensure that the metropolis remains clean, habitable and safe. Consequently, the state is declaring a final zero tolerance on all violations of its environmental laws and infractions, especially the right of way, either of the roads, walkways, rail lines and drainage channels.

    Please permit me at this point to also specially reiterate that the government has now resolved to take out all illegal structures and attachments outside all designated market premises and tenements, as well as enforce the right of way of our roads, rail lines and  drainage channels, in order to ensure free flow of storm water and avert flooding

    With the ever-rising population, our mega city state of excellence cannot afford to compromise safety, by allowing obstructions of access to markets, rail lines, roads and drainages. Our coastal state of aquatic splendour with high water table levels, must maintain a clean, flood-free and serene environment. To do otherwise is to allow flood water to stagnate and cause malaria and other diseases.

    All infringements on the state’s drainage alignments, street trading, especially on roads, rail lines and walkways, as well as attachments to tenements and markets must give way. Anyone caught carrying out illegal trading on our pedestrian bridges will also face the wrath of the law.

    The untoward activities of a few errant, but negligible residents, traders and hawkers, have continued to damage valuable infrastructures. They pollute and block our water and drainage channels and pose serious dangers to our environment, our security and safety of our lives and properties. I say, this morning that, enough is enough!

    On our part, we shall not relent on the sensitisation of the populace on the unacceptable activities of those erecting unapproved shops and buildings on our drainage channels and right of way. Our enforcement agents have been working hard to ensure compliance with all environmental laws. However, some recalcitrant elements are not heeding our appeals and advocacy efforts.

    It will however, no longer be business as usual for the few bad eggs. The government is therefore restating in the strongest terms possible  our zero tolerance policy and ban on all illegal structures on our right of way. The days of street traders, flagrantly obstructing traffic and committing heinous crimes and endangering our safety are therefore over.

    As the commercial nerve centre of the nation, street trading does not befit our hard-earned status. It constitutes an affront to our laws. Street traders and hawkers have been degrading the state’s environment, parks and gardens, as well as encouraging crimes and  causing traffic gridlocks.

    We should all recall that His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, recently directed the Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and other Special Offences, as well as the KAI Brigade to ensure enforcement of the laws prohibiting street trading in the state.

    Our state is a centre of excellence and we shall not allow a few unscrupulous group or persons indiscriminately dumping refuse on our roads and blocking our drainages to go without stiff sanctions. Their habits portend dire consequences for our health, traffic, safety and security of our people.

    Meanwhile, the buyers and sellers in street trading are now to face the same sanctions, since patronage serves as incentives for continued perpetration of the illegal acts. Our roads are not markets and our canals and drainage channels are not dumpsites.

    As a responsible government, we understand that people must make a living and survive, but it should not be at the expense of the lives of others.

    Imposition of fines, seizure of goods, non-custodian penalties and other sanctions like community service involving washing of public toilets, cutting of grass, sweeping of roads, cleaning of drains and carting away of refuse to dump sites in the full glare of the press are some of the sanctions awaiting culprits.

    I am therefore appealing to the greater majority of law-abiding members of the public to join hands with the government to bequeath a sustainable environment to generations yet unborn.

    Gentlemen of the press, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me again say with all the emphasis at my command, that the monthly Environmental sanitation holding on the last Saturday of every month was never cancelled, Anyone violating the restrictions on human and vehicular movements during the monthly exercise between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. will face the full wrath of the law. The ban on movement during the restriction does not allow social gathering or any sporting activity.

    I therefore want to most sincerely thank all governmental and non-governmental organizations which have been supporting the government in observing all environmental laws and keeping our city-state clean. It is our prayer that as we continue to do this, especially during this Holy month of Ramadan, God will bless us, our state and our Nation.

    Thank you for listening as you remain blessed.

    Itesiwaju Ilu Eko lo je wa logun o.

     

    Dr. Babatunde Samuel Adejare

    Commissioner for the Environment

    Lagos

    June 28, 2016

  • Press Release – Sanitation Day Campaign For Drainages And Canals

    The Lagos State Government has declared that the June 2016 Environmental Sanitation Exercise will be dedicated to cleaning of drains and canals across the state, to allow for free flow of water as the raining reason gathers momentum.

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, in a press statement, reinstated that the Sanitation Exercise will be observed state-wide between the usual hours of 7:00am-10.00am on Saturday 25th June, 2016, during which, as usual, there will be restriction of human and vehicular movement across the State.

    Dr. Adejare implored Lagosians to come out en-masse on Saturday to clean and clear the drains in their neighbourhood so as to continually prevent flooding in the State. He warned that the period of environmental sanitation should not be used for any social engagement or sporting activities, but for serious cleaning and sanitation exercises.

    According to him, “As we are all aware, Lagos is a Coastal City that has high water table levels and prone to flash-floods whenever it rains. We must therefore imbibe habits which will reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of flooding in the State”.

    He said that the target of the state this year is to sustain past record of flood abatement, thus making it possible for the State not to experience flooding as in the past years, adding that, “this can only be achieved through effective collaboration of the people.”

    The Commissioner advised residents of the State to desist from dumping waste arbitrarily into the drainage channels and canals in order to maintain a flood-free Lagos. He also warned residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from the illegal act as it is still an offence. He advised them to dispose their waste through LAWMA/PSP Operators.

    He urged the entire residents, to ensure that their environment is kept clean at all times and free from storm water stagnation, which could also be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other health hazards.

    He therefore, warned inter-state Bus and Luxurious Bus Operators, Transport Owners and Road Transport Workers to comply with the restriction order on human and vehicular movement between 7.00am-10.00am, stating that anyone caught violating this order will be apprehended and prosecuted, while passengers in such vehicles will also be prosecuted according to the State’s Environmental Sanitation Laws.

    Adejare further assured that Law Enforcement Agencies, including Nigeria Police and officials from LAWMA, LASTMA and KAI have been fully mobilized to enforce the restriction of movement order adding that offenders will be prosecuted according to the State Sanitation Laws.

    The Commissioner assured the people of Lagos of the commitment and determination of the State Government to attain a sustainable safe and clean environment. He therefore urged Lagosians to support Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s vision of a cleaner and healthier Lagos by abstaining from bad environmental practices such as open defecation and urination, littering of the highways and roads.

     

    Tunde Awobiyi

    Ministry of the Environment.