• 15 ARRESTED, FIVE VEHICLES, 3 BIKES IMPOUNDED AS LASG COMMENCES BEAUTIFICATION OF OUTER MARINA.

    15 persons were arrested, five vehicles, three motorcycles were towed away as The Lagos State Government commenced the beautification of the stretch of Outer Marina up till the frontage of the State House Marina from the foot of Apongbon Bridge in order to improve the aesthetical appearance of the area.

    Speaking on the Flagging off  of the beautification process on Tuesday, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello said those arrested were people who ignored the vacation directive of the state Government to all street traders and operators of commercial vehicles in the areas.

    He added that all those arrested have been handed over to the appropriate enforcement agencies for prosecution, just as the present administration is committed to given the Outer Marina a major facelift to restore its greenery outlook and  to meet up the smart city vision of the state.

    Bello said the project has started in earnest under the supervision of the State Parks and Garden Agency(LASPARK) as all the illegal structures dotting the areas have been dismantled and that traffic is now moving freely in the Outer Marina area and is a pointer to the determination to make life easy for every resident of the state.

    The Commissioner reiterated that evacuation and enforcement activities were carried out earlier at the Outer Marina stretch Apongbon, CMS up to the State House Marina following the deadline of the marching order issued to street traders, shanties, squatters and Commercial Vehicles around the area.

    According to him, “commercial vehicle operators in Marina should desist from dropping passengers or stopping at the foot of the bridge rather  they should do such at designated Parks in the area; also street traders seen around the area engaging in any commercial activities will be prosecuted as well as miscreants and all those found loitering around the foot of the bridge will prosecuted as well”.

    Bello emphasised that as the beatification and Landscaping project had commenced, lagosians should be rest assured that the activities is a continuous process and will definitely extend  to other part of the state, charging residents of Marina and its environs to be ready to take ownership of the site after the beatification exercise and to desist from any act of indiscriminate dumping of refuse but rather patronize registered PSP operators in their area.

    SIGNED

    ADEKUNLE ADESHINA

    ASSITANT DIRECTOR

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR

    3rd DECEMBER, 2019

  • Vacate Outer Marina Immediately: LASG Orders Street Traders, Squatters, Commercial Vehicles Operators.

    Lagos State Government on Thursday gave marching orders to all street traders, squatters and occupiers of shanties and commercial vehicles presently on the stretch of Outer Marina up till the frontage of the State House Marina from the foot of Apongbon Bridge to immediately vacate the area or get arrested and prosecuted.

    The State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello in a statement said from next week, the State Government through the Lagos State Parks and Garden Agency would commence work on the beautification and landscaping of the whole stretch of outer Marina and it has become expedient to clear the area.

    He added that operatives of the State Task Force of Environmental and Special  Offences will move to the area and commence enforcement of the state laws on all offenders including commercial vehicles that stop and pick passengers indiscriminately in Marina from next week.

    He urged all commercial vehicle operators in Marina to henceforth move their vehicles to the designated Park in Marina as all vehicles seen picking, dropping passengers and all those stopping at the foot of the bridge along the road in Marina thereby causing traffic snarl will be towed away and the owners prosecuted.

    Tunji Bello also warned all pedestrians in the habit of dashing across the road and not climbing the provided overhead bridge that officials of the State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) will be deployed to the location to arrest anyone who endangers his life by trying to cross the road.

    He emphasized that the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu intends to restore the greenery and beautified nature of the whole stretch of Marina, just as he intends to do to all parts of the state.

    In his words: “The State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences will soon be moving to Ikoyi and Victoria Island to clean up the area in terms of environmental nuisances”.

    He restated his warning to street traders in all different parts of the state that no area would be left out of enforcement  by the present administration, reminding that Oyingbo has just been cleared of street traders and man-made traffic bottlenecks and sustained.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

  • Operators Of Clubs, Leisure Homes, Churches, Mosques Must Now Get Permission Of Lastma To Arrange Parking – LASG

    In furtherance to the recent pronouncement of the State Government on noise pollution, all operators of events centres, night clubs on highways must now get the permission of the State Traffic Management Authority LASTMA to arrange parking of patrons vehicles.

    This was stated in Lagos on Monday by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources. Mr Tunji Bello during an interview with newsmen.

    He added that from now on, if any operator of events centre or night clubs constitutes traffic bottlenecks and the consequential environmental impact, they will be sanctioned appropriately.

    He explained that the present arrangement where many night clubs and leisure houses convert lanes on major roads to parking lots without approval will no longer be allowed.

    The Commissioner said such leisure outfits must operate between the hours of 10pm and 5am with officials of LASTMA being engaged to direct traffic.

    Bello maintained that the same rule applies to operators of churches, mosques and all religious outfits located on the highways without adequate parking spaces.

    In addition, he said any leisure house or religious centre that is discovered not to possess relevant building plan approvals after being closed down for running foul of the law on noise pollution runs the risk of a permanent closure.

    SIGNED
    KUNLE ADESHINA
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR


    PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR
    18TH NOVEMBER, 2019

  • All Dispersed Illegal Street Traders In Oyingbo Must Relocate To The Main Market – LASG

          ….. Says there must be free flow of traffic in Oyingbo

    Lagos State Government on Friday stated that all the illegal street traders in Oyingbo driven away from the roads must relocate back to the main market.

     In a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources,  Mr Tunji Bello, he said the illegal street traders are responsible for creating traffic bottlenecks and impeding free flow of traffic.

    He charged the Oyingbo market leaders to meet the Chairman of Lagos Mainland Local Government immediately to fashion out ways of accommodating the street traders in the main market.

    He warned that the state government will no longer condone the excesses of the traders who have abandoned the market for the streets.

    He said their  activities is unacceptable to the state Government which is left with no other option but to protect the interest of the larger majority of residents who are daily slowed down by activities of the street traders who also 

    litter the roads with refuse.

    He maintained that despite several warnings, the traders have continued to litter the market, the streets and refused to patronize PSP operators.

    The Commissioner said the issue is not about pleas or appeals to the state government, but about the traders and their leaders adopting corrective measures to desist from encouraging street trading and patronise PSP operators.

    Tunji Bello stated that towards this end, operatives of the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps have been drafted to the market and the adjoining streets with standing instructions to arrest any street trader found within the vicinity. 

    He warned that the operatives have also been warned that they will face stern disciplinary measures if found to be collaborating with any street trader.

    He also warned street traders in major areas of Lagos like Marina, Agege, Mushin, Alimosho and Obalende that their days are numbered as massive enforcement will soon come after them.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    November 22, 2019

  • You Must Get Guarantee From Your Residents Associations Before You Are Reopened – LASG

                     …… As State reads riot act to owners of hotels, night clubs, leisure homes and religious centres who engage in noise pollution

    Lagos State Government on Tuesday read the riot act to operators of night clubs, bars, karaoke centres, churches and mosques in the state who is shut down due to  noise pollution will not be reopened until a letter of guarantee is issued on their behalf  by the residents association of such area.

    In a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, he stated that the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has been mandated to apply the full weight of the law in this wise.

    He added that on a continuous basis, LASEPA officials will be going round such centres/homes and anyone found to have exceeded the allowed level of noise or sound output will be closed down and the appropriate sanctions applied.

    He added that the action became imperative because his office has been inundated with complaints and petitions from many residents and residents associations all over the state about the obnoxious noise levels of many of the leisure centres and religious homes.

    Tunji Bello explained that it was also discovered that many of such leisure centres/religious homes after being reopened by the State Government usually go back to the same noise pollution for which they were earlier axed, adding that this prompted the issue of involving the residents associations.

    He advised the affected leisure centres to procure sound proof equipments which would lessen the decibel of sound that goes out when such leisure or religious homes are engaging in business.

    He emphasized that the State Government will not allow any business concern to put the healthy well being of the residents at peril simply because it wants to operate or be in business.   

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    November 12, 2019

  • World Hand Washing Day: LASG Advocates Proper Hygiene By All

    The Lagos State Government on Tuesday clamored for proper hygiene amongst the residents in order to reduce possibility of ailment and outbreak of diseases across the state.

     This was stated by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello while addressing the media as part of activities marking the 2019 Global Hand Washing Day with the theme: “Clean Hands for All”.

    He said the theme for this year’s Global Hand Washing Day was very apt as it gives verve to the long awaited drive to leave no one behind in the State Government’s Sustainable Development Agenda on healthy living. 

    He added that germs are everywhere and keeping the hands clean and washing them with soap and water frequently is the best practice that can ward off any form of impurities.

    According to Bello, Handwashing with soap is a simple, yet often neglected act that could avert spreading of germs to those around us and ensure staying healthy.

    Bello said variations in access to proper handwashing facilities and behavioral change programs can put individuals at higher risk for diseases that impact their health, education, and economic outcomes.

    “According to UNICEF research, handwashing with soap has been cited as one of the most cost-effective interventions to prevent diarrhoea, other related diseases and deaths. It is one of, if not the easiest way of preventing the spread of infections and diseases” he said.


    The Environment Commissioner stressed that the present administration was at the fore front of this initiative of promoting proper hygiene amongst the citizenry and that is the reason it has thrown its weight to support the move to achieve a cleaner, healthier and safer environment.


    He further explained that the State Government participated in this year’s crusade through a wholesome sensitisation campaign to achieve behavioral change among the citizenry.

    He said the Ministry has identified the children as a major stakeholder in the campaign and has partnered with the six Educational Districts across the state through the Ministry of Education to distribute fliers conveying information on proper handwashing techniques to forestall the outbreak of preventable diseases.

    Bello urged all Lagosians to cultivate the habit of washing their hands mostly before eating, after using the toilet, after cleaning up a child, after blowing their nose, after touching garbage and animals amongst others.

    He emphasized that at times, people might not engage in any activity with their  hands but  still come in contact with harmful micro-organisms, adding that everyone should encourage their children, wards, aged and peers to wash their hands at all time.

    “Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best way to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others.  Make handwashing a way of life every day”, he advocates.

    Signed 

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs) October 15, 2019

  • LASG Sympathises With Victims Of Sea Level Rise, Flooding

            As Env. Comm. Tunji Bello,  Joe Igbokwe tour affected areas in Lagos

    Lagos State Government on Monday sympathised with residents of the state that have been negatively affected by the rise in sea water level and continuous torrential rainfalls, saying it would do everything humanly possible to mitigate the effect.

    Speaking through the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello who in company of the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Mr Joe Igbokwe and Perm Sec, Drainage,  Engineer Olalekan Shodeinde led other senior officials of the ministry on the tour, stated that more attention is being paid to clogged up canals and other constriction across the state.

    Speaking with residents of Osborne Foreshore Estate 1 in Ikoyi, Bello  said the unprecedented rise in sea water level was responsible for the flooding of some streets in the Estate.

    He explained that the situation was more grave over the weekend , adding that the streets that still remained flooded till now were as a result of depression of the roads which the residents must redress to gain traction.

    He advised them against pumping water out of the streets now because the sea level is still high and that until it goes down, nothing much can be achieved.

    The Commissioner and his team also visited Gbagada where he inspected several streets including Fred Omojola street where a canal has been affected by tidal waves.

    He listed some of the measures to be adopted to include lining of the canal and cleaning up all the drainage channels to allow water flow freely.

    He charged the property owners in Gbagada to come together and aggregate all their drainage problem in writing, bringing same forward to the State Government for a roundtable meeting. 

    The commissioner and his team were also at Aboru where  the team was received by a large number of residents and went on to inspect the canal in the area.

    He gave an assurance that the State Government will dredge the Aboru canal as a first step towards safeguarding the lives of residents.

    He reiterated his call for all residents to desist from dumping of refuse into the drains and endeavour to bag their waste properly for LAWMA to cart away as the Lagos State government is ready to seek a permanent solution to the environmental challenges as soon as the rain subsides.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    October 21, 2019

  • LASG Reiterates Commitment To Fight Against Crime And Criminalities

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to the prosecution of war against crime and criminality, saying that it is an unrelenting war which the State would continue to prosecute until all those who benefit from crime are brought to book across the State..

    The Special Adviser to the Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe who spoke at a Police Security/Stakeholders Community Town Hall Meeting  at Aja, Lagos said that the primary responsibility of every government is to ensure the  security of lives and properties of the people which the present administration in Lagos State will not shied away from.

    He added that this is clearly discernible from the several policy actions and pronouncements of the present administration, stressing that the state government recently  donated  120 patrol vans and 35 motorbikes to the State Police command in conjunction with the Local Governments in the state.

    He explained that the symbolism of the presentation underscores the determination of the administration not to abdicate its responsibility to its constituents despite the fact that Policing as presently enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution is an exclusive matter.

    According to him, admittedly, the main function of the police is to enforce law and order, safeguard lives and property but the nagging question agitating the minds of everyone is how effectively has the Nigerian Police perform that constitutionally assigned roles.

    “We cannot continue to do the same thing all over the same way and expect to get different results. Largely because of the ineffective crime detection technique employed by the Police, several suggestions have been brought forward on options to be considered”, he stated.

    He said one of the options that gained traction is the Community policing which is about engendering harmonious and systematic relationship between the police and the entire people in the community in a more involved way.

    He maintained that  the role of the Police should not simply stop at law enforcement but should also include tackling a huge range of community problems adding that there has been a shift from traditional policing to community policing with the Nigeria Police Force since year 2004 when the Nigeria Police adopted community policing as a practical approach to police reforms.

    He stated further that Nigerian Police Force was consistent in its effort to bring about a new and professional policing that is capable of ensuring and maintaining proper security of lives and property in Nigeria.

    He said the community policing approach sought to focus on constructive engagement with people who are the main beneficiaries of the police service while seeking to renegotiate the agreement between the people and the police towards making the community co-producers of justice and a quality police force.

    He charged the gathering to ponder over several questions which include, how community policing can be improved, what level of effectiveness has been achieved and what is the level of intelligence sharing between the security agencies and the people.

    “Why do we still have reports of street gangs terrorizing residents without such information being relayed to the Police before they start the gang wars. How supportive are our traditional rulers and chiefs in the efforts to make community policing more effective and secure our homes and neighbourhoods” he stated.

    The Special Adviser maintained that community oriented policing is a proactive measure that promotes curbing criminal act, he therefore charges all Lagosians to feel free to bring their suggestions to the fore.




    SIGNED

    KUNLE ADESHINA

    (A.D) PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND RESEARCH UNIT
    MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

    SEPTEMBER . 25th, 2019

  • Lagos Repositions LAGESC To Enforce Law On Waste Disposal, Street Trading, Open Defaecation, Erection Of Structures On Drainage Setbacks

                         ……As Environment. Commissioner, Tunji Bello undertakes familiarization visit to agency’s Oshodi Safety Arena office.

    Lagos State Government over the weekend announced the repositioning of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) formerly known as  KAI to spearhead the state’s enforcement of the zero tolerance for indiscriminate waste disposal, street trading, erection of temporary structures on drainage setbacks, open defaecation and assist to checkmate the activities of commercial motorcyclists  who ply pedestrian walkways.

    The state’s position was stated by the Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello during a familiarization visit to the head office of LAGESC at Safety Arena Complex, Oshodi alongside the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe, where he added that the officers would now be posted to the major highways with security back up as a first step to enforcing the zero tolerance and state sanitation laws.

    He emphasized that the present administration would in addition to providing necessary security back ups for their operation, also equip the operatives with all the necessary kits and equipments to protect themselves from attacks by criminally minded individuals in the course of performing their legitimate duties on the highways as dictated by the law establishing the outfit.

    He warned the officers against indulging in acts of bribery and corruption or making use of proxies to receive gratification from environmental sanitation offenders, stating that monitoring gangs have been formed that would be keeping an eye on the activities of the LAGESC  officers as they go about their duties and that anyone found wanting would face appropriate disciplinary measures.

    He said his visit to the LAGESC office was to reassure the officers of the commitment of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration to their welfare and also boost their morale by recognizing hard work and to be ready to rise up for the task ahead, saying in the new dispensation, indolence would not be tolerated and that anyone of the employees who feels he cannot measure up to the new expectation has the option of opting out now.

    Bello said as part of the measures to reposition the LAGESC, the present pink Uniform would be changed to the old uniform to reflect the  colour of the environment and send the right message about total enforcement of the state sanitation  laws just as the necessary amendments would be made to the law to revert to the old name of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) which was the original name given to the outfit at inception.

    The Commissioner who had an interactive session with all the operatives gave a commitment that the government would stand by them at all times even when issues of persecution or harassment arises in the course of performing legitimate duties, saying they should be fair and firm in their dealings with members of the public at all times as that would be the only basis upon which government can intercede if they are harassed.

    He tasked the management of the agency  to also look into the possibility of working out off days for officers, some of who complained of working for seven days in the week, saying such working condition is prone to aggravating breakdowns   and low productivity, adding that the  choice of a retired Commissioner of Police as Corps Marshal, CP Gbemisola Akinpelu (rtd) for the agency by the State was to ensure collaboration with security agencies.

    He revealed that part of the main task of LAGESC operatives this year  would be the securing of the Lagos Outer Marina corridor which will soon be landscaped and beautified into a park as part of efforts to restore the lost glory of the area which has now been overtaken by weeds and undesirable elements.

    Also speaking, the Special Adviser  on Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe  implored the officers to work with diligence and always apply diplomacy while operating adding that their operations is prone to confrontations and attacks.  

    The Commissioner had earlier inspected a guard of honour mounted by officers of the Corps after a parade during the visit, which also had the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environment, Mrs Aderonke Odeneye and other directors of the ministry in attendance.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina 

    Director (Public Affairs)October 13, 2019

  • Lagos Preaches Positive Attitudinal Change Towards The Environment

    ….As 2019 Walk for Nature holds, records impressive attendance

    The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello  has called for a lifestyle change in favour of nature conservation for the attainment of a sustainable environment in Lagos State.

    He stated this during the 2019 Annual Walk for Nature, held at the State House, Marina, Lagos on Saturday to advocate the ideals of nature conservation and promoting sustainable environmental management.

    In a speech read on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environment, Mrs Ronke Odeneye, he said that the mounting pressure on nature’s resources, dwindling wildlife, rising world population, due to pollution, particularly plastic arising from anthropogenic activities, has made a shift in attitude towards the environment a necessity.

    “Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic objects and particles in the environment that adversely affect wildlife habitat and humans”

    “For instance, the rich ecosystem in Lagos State, which is home to a variety of aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals, are under serious threat due to plastic pollution” he added.

    Bello explained that plastic has many valuable uses, but the people have become addicted to single use. Materials such as straws, styrofoam for fast food or disposable plastic after use result to severe environmental consequences that the State is facing now.

    He reveals that Plastic Waste is now so ubiquitous in the natural environment that scientists have even suggested that it could serve as a geological indicator of the Anthropocene era.

    He stated that it was imperative to combat the impacts of plastic pollution on our ecosystem, its biodiversity and human health by shifting to a more conscious approach to multiple-use and plastic recycling.

    “According to research plastic that acts as pollutants have accounted for 10% of the total waste generated. It constitutes 90% of all trash floating on the ocean surface at a rate of about 4,600 pieces of plastic per square mile”. 

    Bello said it is nearly impossible to clean the seas from plastic waste and micro-plastics, emphasizing the needs to be tackle this pollution at the source because it is not sustainable to cleanup plastic pollution once it has entered the sea.

    He said that along with the urban sprawl, there is need to slow the flow of plastic at its source and to improve the way we manage our plastic waste in motion because a lot of it ends up in the environment. 

    Plastic waste according to the Governor can persist in the environment for centuries, whether in a river, ocean, drainage or on land, adding that it also clogsthe sewers exacerbating flooding, disrupting traffic, damaging infrastructure and properties.

    He urged everyone to be aware of the fact that there is an urgent need to improve the environment and start taking responsibility for their behavior and change theirattitude to achieve sustainable development.

    He reiterated that the State Government is consistent in its responsibility to curb plastic pollution by improving waste management system, saying that the new Blue Box programme launched by the State is aimed at modernizing waste management systems, in a bid to achieve a Lagos devoid of filth and plastic pollution.

    He disclosed that the consolidated environmental law is geared towards preservation of the Lagos environment in a holistic and sustainable manner to attain a cleaner, greener, healthier and more livable State.

    Commending all parties involved in the success of 2019 edition of Walk for Nature, the Commissioner said it is through such collaborations that a decisive blow can be launched against plastic pollution. 

    “Our collective responsibility to environmental issues is very key.The private sector, both formal and informal must help shape this desirous cleaner future” he added.

    The Walk for Nature programme is organized annually in conjunction with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and this edition featured a walk from the state house marina through Leventis, outer marina and back to the State house Marina.

    This year’s event was attended by top government officials, captains of industries as well as students from various schools across the state.

    Earlier in a goodwill message, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe commended the collaboration between the State Government and Nigerian Conservation for the safety and protection of the environment.

    He said plastics remember a potent danger to humanity and all efforts must be made to address the problem before it gets out of hand.

    The walk featured participation by several groups and organizations, volunteers and school children.