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…
Lagos State Government on Wednesday tasked all Local Government Councils to do more to ensure maintenance and cleanliness of all tertiary drains in their domain.
The task was given by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Mr Tunji Bello while addressing participants at a stakeholders meeting on maintenace of tertiary drains held at the LCCI Conference Centre, Alausa.
Tunji Bello told the gathering that included some local Government chairmen that maintenance of tertiary drains could also be used to generate employment.
He stated that it is about being creative and that some unemployed youths in the localities can be engaged to clear the drains and also maintain it at a cost that would not be prohibitive.
He frowned at the present situation where the state is still being forced to maintain tertiary drains in addition to the primary and secondary drains.
He stressed the need for all the Council Chairmen to monitor and put pressure on respective tenements in their areas to regularly maintain and clean all tertiary drains across the state.
He added that environmental health officers at the Local Government levels must be also be sensitized while their number is increased to effectively monitor the compliance level of residents in terms of cleaning of tertiary drains.
He said the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) has been responsible for cleaning several tertiary drains and black spots round the state adding that they function as the quick response arm of the state Government and have in freeing several clogged up drains from waste and silts.
He revealed that on a weekly basis, the EFAG team works on about 6,547 meters of tertiary drain channels round the state and had cleaned up tertiary drains measuring about 307.7 kilometers across the state since EFAG was reintroduced in October 2019.
Also speakin, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Drainages and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe commended the initiative for the meeting.
He stated that the meeting would create avenues on how better synergy can be created between the State and Local Governments.
He expressed optimism that the Local Councils would going forward compliment the activities of EFAG in maintaining tertiary drains more than they are presently doing.
He said Lagos has remained largely flood free all year long due to the efforts of the Office of Drainage Services which is still ongoing.
In his welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr Lekan Shodeinde said the time has come for Local Councils to take up their constitutional role in terms of maintenance of tertiary drains.
He said the narrative has to change now as all hands must be on deck to ensure a flood free Lagos in line with the vision of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The Stakeholders meeting also featured presentations on law on drainages by Mrs Olubunmi Obadan, an overview of drainage systems by Engr Michael Adekoya and drainage maintenance by Engr Olalekan Ajani.
The event was attended by many dignitaries including the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, Perm Sec, Environmental Services, Mrs Belinda Odeneye, Chairmen of many Local Government Areas and LCDA including the Chairman of Ojo Local Government, Hon Rosulu Olushola Idowu and other dignitaries.
Director, Public Affairs
November 25, 2020
Lagos State Government through Ministry of the Environment & Water Resources has constantly engaged professionals on the need to ensure the impacts of climate change does not adversely affect economic, social, health and financial sectors of the economy through the annual climate change summit.
However, in view of the current global pandemic and inability to hold physical conferences, the Ministry intends to hold a virtual climate change summit themed “Harnessing the Power of Lagos State for Climate Change and Sustainable Financing” in October 2020. To this end, this survey is to garner support, publicise and obtain suggestions and feedback to ensure a successful Summit. click the link below for necessary feedback.
….Expresses determination to ensure a flood free Lagos
The Lagos State Government on Friday inspected some ongoing drainage clearance and dredging projects across the state, saying it is determined to ensure a flood free Lagos.
The team which was led by the Special Adviser, Drainage services, Engineer Joe Igbokwe and Permanent Secretary, Drainage Services, Engr Lekan Shodeinde visited canals and drainages under systems 6c, 5 and 4.
The areas include Luth/itire/Daniyan in system 6c, Babs Animashaun in system 5, Alaka/Iponrin/Tejuosho to Gbagada Bariga, Anthony Oke Alo and Apelehin Buxton Cole.
Speaking with newsmen after the inspection, The Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources Engr. Joe Igbokwe said in preparation for the rains, government is paying desired attention to the clearing of drainage channels in the state.
He explained that the tour became necessary in order to ascertain the level of work carried out by the contractors assigned to dredge and clear some of the canals as a means to resolve flooding issues.
Igbokwe gave an assurance to residents that with the early commencement of the cleaning of major drainages, manholes and canals in the state, when the rains commences, it will flow into it’s natural channels.
The Special Adviser stressed that the ultimate goal of clearing and dredging of the drainage channels and cannals is to allow easy passage of rainstorm water.
The Special Adviser warned residents who have erected fences that inhibits the passage way for movement of machinery that would effect clearing of silts at System 6c in itire to remove them immediately or have them demolished.
He also reiterated his appeals to all those who have constructed on drainage alignments and setbacks to remove them immediately or have them removed.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Engr Lekan Shodeinde said it is regrettable that many of the channels that have been cleaned before are being littered with refuse again by some residents.
He called for a change of heart from the people, warning that thethe continued dumping of refuse in the canals and drains will come back to haunt the residents.
A Special Offences Mobile court sitting in the Ikeja Magisterial District on Tuesday jailed a street trader, Matthew John (27 yrs) for assaulting a Neighbourhood Safety Corps official, Mr Alape Solomon and biting off his lips during a Clean-Up enforcement exercise in Victoria Island.
The accused person who was arraigned before Magistrate Israel Adelakun on a 3 count charge of conduct likely to cause breach of peace, obstruction of an officer and assault was convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment and a fine of N100,000.
The Magistrate ruled that the offences were punishable under sections 168(1)(d), section 117(1), section 174(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos state 2015.
The accused person was apprehended for Illegal Street trading along Eletu Ogabi Street in Victoria Island and in the process of arresting him, he resisted arrest.
In the ensuing melee, he held on to the head of one of the officers who accosted him and sunk his teeth into the lips severing a sizeable chunk of flesh.
The assaulted enforcement officer who bled profusely from the upper and lower lips was rushed to the Lagos General Hospital.
The wound was treated and he had it sutured before he was discharged.
Speaking on the incident, the Chairman of the Special Commitee, Mr. Tunji Bello described the action of the trader as barbaric, noting that this unwholesome action was becoming too rampant in the state.
Bello said it was disheartening that officers employed to safeguard members of the public are being attacked by the same people whose interest they were out to protect.
He expressed the hope that the latest conviction would serve as adeterence to people nursing such acts in future.
Lagos State Government on Monday issued a quit notice to all the traders with containerized stores and other forms of stalls at Oke Arin Market at Ebute -Ero under parts of the Eko Bridge recently gutted by fire to relocate with immediate effect.
The State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello asked all the traders under the Bridge including those not affected by the fire incident of last Sunday to move from the present location.
He added that also affected are people with different structures under the EKO Bridge who engage in one form of selling activity or the other.
The statement added that the State Government cannot fold its hands and watch the lives of majority of the residents exposed to avoidable dangers, stressing that the continuation of trading activities by the traders is putting the integrity of the Eko Bridge at risk.
Bello added that all the traders and those who have erected different types of shanties under the Eko Bridge must find alternative places to trade as the state Government will soon erect a fence round the whole area.
He said the continuation of trading activities under the Eko Bridge will affect the Bridge and the possibility of endangering the lives of several thousands who make use of the bridge daily.
He informed that towards this end, the State Government has directed the Security agencies to monitor the immediate relocation of all traders from the present location under the bridge and also ensure that no one is allowed to continue with trading activities under any guise under the Eko Bridge anymore.
He also advised the Local Government authorities to desist from granting permit to anyone to trade or erect any form of structures under the EKO bridge or its environs because such unbridled activities is always counter-productive.
He recalled that activities of people who trade under some structures especially bridges in the state in the past have resulted in incalculable damages to such structures, warning that such excesses would no longer be tolerated.
…..Committee warns liaison offices, buildings serving as hiding places for street traders, okada riders of dire consequences
The Special Committee on the Clean Up of IKoyi and VIctoria Island on Sunday announced that it has so far impounded 215 vehicles and arrested and prosecuted 98 persons for various sundry environmental offenses since the commencement of the exercise.
In a release signed by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello who also chairs the committee, the 215 vehicles were impounded from various areas in Ikoyi and Victoria Island for parking in prohibited zones and mechanic workshops located in unauthorized places.
He said those arrested included street traders who displayed their wares on walkways, road set backs, those operating illegal car wash centers and auto mobile mechanics who converted public spaces to mechanic workshops as well as some drivers of contravened vehicles who resisted the impoundment of the vehicles.
He explained that those arrested were arraigned before mobile courts which sat at the Safety Arena Mobile court In Oshodi and another mobile court which sat in Victoria Island during one of the several raids and handed out sentences which included fines.
He informed that in terms of goods seized, those that are perishable are immediately sent to the various orphanages and motherless babies homes spread across the state by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps(LAGESC) while non- perishable items are being kept at the agency store at Oshodi pending when a decision will be taken on the seized items.
The Chairman added that since the commencement of the exercise on January 10, the Special committee and its enforcement gangs made up of operatives of the State Task Force on Environmental and Special offenses, the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps(LAGESC), Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, the Lagos State Waste Management Authority(LAWMA) have also been conducting daily raids across several streets to clear all shanties and structures on Drainage channels as well as occupants of abandoned buildings.
He warned those managing liaison offices and other types of buildings, some of which have been abandoned, against serving as hiding places for okada riders and street traders, many of who usually seek refuge in them when raids are carried out.
He warned that if the practice continued, the committee would compile the list of such abandoned offices, publish it and may advice the State Government to take legal measures to acquire such buildings.
Bello emphasised that the committe will intensify the clean up campaign until complete sanity is restored in all the areas of Ikoyi and Victoria Island
He listed some of the streets were the clean- up committee have operated and cleared shanties, structures on Drainage setbacks, street traders and roadside mechanics, cart pushers include Ahmadu Bello Way, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Koko Abayomi, Idowu Martins, Anifowoshe, Adeola Odeku, Saka Tinubu, BIshop Oluwole, Amodu Ojikutu, Ologun Agbeje, Akin Adesola, Adeola Hopewell, Churchgate, Idowu Taylor and Tiamiyu Savage.
Others include Karimu Kotun, Olosa street, Oko Awo, Sanusi Fafunwa Balarabe Musa, BIshop Aboyade Cole, Ligali Ayorinde and Ajose Adeogun while the areas already cleared in Ikoyi include Bank Road, Bedwell Road, Bourdillon Road, Alexander Avenue, Gerrard Road, Queens Drive, Olumegbon,Olawale Daodu, Thompson and Club Road, Awolowo road and Second Avenue.
Also speaking on the exercise, the director of operation, who also doubles as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Waste Monitoring, Mr Ayo Williams, said the clean -up committee is determined to force a relocation for all street traders and owners and occupiers of shanties and illegal structures in Ikoyi and Victoria Island by seizing their wares, dismantling the structures and prosecuting those arrested on a daily basis, both day and night.