……..60 KAI, NEIGHBOURHOOD, LASPARK officers on ground at all the areas.

    In order to sustain the dislodgement of  squatters and illegal structures on Outer Marina and Onikan, the State Government has deployed not less than 60 operatives of the three enforcement agencies of the State  to the various points of Onikan and Outer Marina for sustenance.

    The latest move has been made possible through the creation of a synergy between the operatives of Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (KAI), Lagos Neighbourhood Watch and Lagos State Parks and Gardens to sustain all the cleared areas.

    These was disclosed by  the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello on Wednesday while giving an update on the on-going operation.

    He stated that the State has also obtained the buy- in of the Office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 at Onikan to ensure the success of the sustenance operation.

    Bello said on a daily basis, a large detachment of the operatives of KAI, Neighbourhood Watch and LASPARK will be deployed to man and patrol the listed areas and prevent the return of the environmental nuisances. 

    He explained that in instances where the deployed teams have issues that bother on their safety or operations, they should call for reinforcement from their superiors.

    He reiterated the commitment of the administration to ensure that there would be no going back to the old, dirty, unkept environment days of Outer Marina and Onikan.

    The areas already cleared and to be sustained following the directives of Mr Governor are the Onikan corridors which include Police Zone 2 office/ the Island Club and Race Course/Lawn Tennis corridor and the Outer Marina.


    Kunle Adeshina 

    Director (Public Affairs)


    …As Special Adviser, Joe Igbokwe leads officials to inspect on-going Drainage dredging projects and Canals

    In fulfillment of it’s promise to start massive construction after the rains,the Lagos State Government has commenced dredging of major drainage channels and canals spread across the state.

    Among the drainage channels where the contractors have moved to site and commenced dredging are the Jankara/ Oroyinyin/ Binuyo/ Adeniji Adele channel, the System 6c made up of Idioro- Idiaraba axis, Ado soba Channel In Festac and the dredging of Gbagada- Bariga Channel.

    Others were work have started are Kentucky- Alapere, Irede Satellite Channel in Ojo axis and the Construction of trapezoidal Drain at the downstream of Ekoro in Aboru.

    Providing more insights into the projects when he led State officials on an inspection of some of the dredging points, the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe said the dredging of the channels will put the state in good stead to prevent flooding of many areas.

    Speaking with newsmen after the inspection, Igbokwe said government was taking the advantage of the cessation of rainfall to immediately commence dredging and minimise the dangers of flooding.

    The Special Adviser who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Drainage services, Eng Lekan Shodeinde and other directors warned all those who have erected structures on the setbacks and alignments of the channels being dredged and others remove them or have them removed and also face prosecution.
    He reiterated the State Government’s zero tolerance for environmental abuse especially drainage blockage, saying a classic example is the canal at Itire beside the Odo Eran market which is blocked with waste and refuse from the market, saying such an act is unacceptable.
    “Lagosians must desist from dumping refuse in drainage channels and stop acts compromising drainage alignment, such as building and erection of structures on drainage setbacks among others”.

    Joe Igbokwe stressed that the ultimate goal of clearing and dredging of our drainage channels and cannals is to allow easy passage of rainstorm water.

    The Special Adviser explained that the Government will look into the possibility of building retention ponds across the State.

    “Retention ponds are essential as Lagos in recent times has been experiencing flooding due to the rise in sea level and persistent rainfall”, he said.

    He affirmed that the present administration had resolved to find lasting solutions to the issue of flooding.

    He mentioned that as part of the efforts to contain flooding next year, the government will be more forceful in its campaign against dumping of refuse in canals and drains and as well as the erection of building on canals, drainage channels and water courses.

    11th DECEMBER, 2019

  • Lagos Alerts Residents Of Rise In Sea Water Level, Flooding Of Low Line Areas

    ……Say State is on top of situation

    Lagos State Government on Friday alerted residents on the rise of sea water level resulting in the inability of the lagoon to discharge water into the ocean causing backflow into the drainage channels.

    In a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, it added that officials of the state are also working on different measures to remove the constriction and blockades that would allow easy passage for the resultant flooding.

    The state Government is also in talks with the officials of the Ogun Osun River Basin Authority which is 

    releasing water to do so gradually.

    He explained that the rise in sea level has contributed to current flooding in many parts of Ikoyi, V.I, Dolphin and Oworoshoki because the lagoon can not discharge and is causing back flow  into drainage outlets. 

    He said the officials of the Drainage department had expected it to go down by evening but from the look of things now may last throughout the weekend.

    Similarly, the Commissioner said the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Authority can no longer hold the Oyan dam hence has been releasing its water causing rise in Ogun River and this has affected low line areas like Isheri North and Magodo and up to Owode Onirin.

    Bello said until the ocean level goes down, the lagoon cannot discharge water into the ocean and causing back flow into all the drainage outlets in the state.


    Kunle Adeshina

    AD (PAR)

    October 19, 2019

  • Environment Commissioner Leads Officials to Areas Affected by Rising Sea Level

    The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources officials led by the Commissioner Mr. Tunji Bello and Special Adviser, Engr. Joe Igbokwe on Monday visited some of the areas affected by rising sea level and flooding like Osborne Foreshore 1, Dolphin Estate, Gbagada and Aboru to sympathise with victims and convey governments plan to mitigate the pains.

  • Igbokwe Leads Official to Clear Drains in Odi-Olowo LCDA

    Special Adviser, Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe and the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Yetunde Arobieke and other officials clearing silts and dirts evacuated from tertiary drains at odi-lowo LCDA in Mushin Local Government Area recently.

  • Igbokwe Leads Top Govt Officials To Clear Drains

    Special Adviser, Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe and the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Yetunde Arobieke and other officials clearing silts and dirts evacuated from tertiary drains at Iyalode Street Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area recently.

  • HC, Tunji Bello at NBA Annual Conference in Lagos

    Hon Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello flanked by other cabinet members making presentation titled “Facing the Future” during the Lagos State day at the Nigerian Bar Association NBA annual conference held in Lagos recently

  • HC at Interactive Session on Zero Tolerance for Waste in all Lagos Markets

    Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Mr. Tunji Bello flanked by the Permanent Secretary Mrs. Aderonke Odeneye and Managing Director LAWMA Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegeshin speaking at an interactive session with Association of Commodity Market Women and Men in Lagos State led by Iya oloja General Chief (Mrs) Folashade Tinubu-Ojo on zero tolerance for waste in all markets in Lagos state


         ……Holds stakeholders meeting with operators of Abbatoirs and Slaughter slabs

    Lagos State Government on Wednesday declared a zero tolerance on operators of Illegal Abattoirs/Slaughter slabs, waste mismanagement and unhygenic handling of meat in the state.

    This declaration emanated from a joint stakeholders meeting between the State Ministries of the Environment, Agriculture and Operators of Abattoirs and Slaughter slabs in Lagos State at the Ministry of The Environment  conference Room, Alausa.

    The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Mr Abiodun Bamgboye who chaired the meeting maintained that the State Government will not condone any act of uncleanliness in meat processing and delivery, adding that attention will be given to all areas of food supply chain with emphasis now on the consumption of wholesome meat by the citizens.

    The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director of Environmental Services, Mrs Ronke Odeneye warned that all abattoir operators in the State should ensure they undertake their environmental sanitation exercises on Sundays as agreed by the association, adding that waste water and blood generated from meat processing should be adequately discharged in the drains as well as keep the drains free from silt and  overgrown weeds.

    He noted that officers from the Envinment Ministry had visited some abattoirs across the state and observed they were not up to the required standard, stressing that the present administration is ready to work with operators to give abattoirs in the State a face-lift to meet the required standard.

    Addressing the operators, the Director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Michael Adeyemi said that Ministry of Agriculture is ready to work in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment to put an end to all environmental infractions that may emerge from abattoir mismanagement.

    He stated that the State Government has ensured that butchers in the state now operate in mechanized abattoirs and Slaughter houses where cows are slaughtered neatly and waste water as well as animal waste were discharged properly,  so as to avoid pollution in such areas.      

    He further encouraged the abattoir concessionaires yet to obtain their Environmental Impact Assessment  (EIA) and fumigation certificates  to do so for their abattoirs from the Ministry of Environment in order to avoid closure of such abattoirs.

    Responding, one of the butchers, from Ilaje Abattoir, Bariga,  Mr. Kehinde Oseni, thanked the State Government for their support and further pledge the continued adherence of his association to the necessary laws guiding meat production in the state.

    The meeting had in attendance stakeholders in the meat processing, Slaughter slabs and abbatoir sector.


    Kunle Adeshina

    Asst. Dir. (Public Affairs)

    July 24, 2019