• 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.

  • LASG Expresses Determination To Reduce Decline Of Wetland, Biodiversity Conservation

    PRESS RELEASE    LASG EXPRESSES DETERMINATION TO REDUCE  DECLINE OF WETLAND, BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION         ….As Environment PS flags off 2019 Youth Outreach Ecotourism Programme for selected students   The Lagos State Government over the weekend expressed its determination to assist in reducing the decline of wetlands and biodiversity conservation in the state which has been brought about by indiscriminate destruction of natural wetlands for housing/industrial developments owing to increasing population and technological advancement.   The State’s position was espoused by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of The Environment, Mr Abiodun Bamgboye at a press briefing to herald the commencement of the 2019 Youth Outreach Ecotourism Programme on Wetland and Biodiversity Conservation for students in Lagos State Secondary Schools.   The Programme will have 14 students participating made up of two representing each of the six educational districts and two representing private and missionary schools over a period of eight days transversing various wetland locations and other conservation sites in the state and were chosen after a very rigorous screening exercise.   Bamgboye said that this year’s theme: “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health’’ is targeted to educate the general public about human values towards a sustainable environment and bring about a situation in which people live in harmony with nature.       “It is targeted at creating awareness on the diversity provided by the natural Eco-systems for human existence and well-being on Earth, while contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, such as zero hunger, good health and well-being, no poverty as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystems restoration, cleaner water and amongst others” , he stated.         The Permanent Secretary stated that the Programme was holding successfully for the fourth consecutive year because of government’s belief in the ability of students as change agents and is being organized with the primary aim of expanding the knowledge and changing the mindset of the general public about conventional tourism, especially in relation to the environment.           Bamgboye stressed that this tour in the last four years, had clearly shown the commitment   of the Lagos State Government to environmental sustainability by bringing together   sustainable travel practices that promote the conservation and protection of wetlands.       He said that having realised the capacity of young ones to communicate and bring about change, the State was educating the young ones, who are leaders of tomorrow, to embrace the correct and sustainable use of God-given environmental resources and spread the message to others.   Also speaking, the Director Environmental Management Department, Mr Sheriff Savage pointed out that the participating students, who were selected through a rigorous process from the five education districts in the State, would be proceeding on eight  days of learning and fun as they will have the opportunity to visit various pristine and fragile ecosystems, zoological gardens and conservation centres across the five divisions of Lagos State.   These visit according to him will afford the students the opportunity to get acquainted with the abundant wetlands resources and biodiversity of the State and assured parents of the participating students that adequate security had been put in place for their safety while in the camp   He enjoined Lagosians to commit themselves to a lifestyle that encouraged environmentally friendly options and embraced the attitude of visiting eco-tourism sites for relaxation and knowledge of the environment, stressing that the future generation would not forgive us if we failed to protect the environment.   JULY  29, 2019
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  • Sallah Celebration: LASG Urges Residents To Be Mindful Of A Cleaner Environment

     …….Says no sale of Rams on Highways, Roads, Medians

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday charged residents of the state to be mindful of a cleaner Environment as the Ed eil Kabir (Ileya Festivities) holds this weekend.

    Addressing newsmen at a parley held at the State Secretariat, Alausa, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye  reiterated the need to enlighten Lagosians on why they should show utmost love to their environment even as they celebrate.

    Bamgboye, who wished all Muslim adherents a happy Sallah celebration, urged Lagosians to respect the environment, bearing in  mind that a lot of waste would be generated during the Sallah  and  must dispose of animal waste properly as well as bag their refuse and put at designated points.

    He gave a commitment to Lagosians that the Sanitation Intervention Programme with the combined efforts of the Ministry of Environment and Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) was still on course to rid Lagos of refuse heaps.

    He said that the administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu had been in the fore front of the campaign for a healthy people and cleaner environment, thus encouraging Lagosians to desist from acts that could have negative impacts on the environment.

    His words: “To guide against the outbreak of epidemics, residents of this State must always ensure that they handle waste in the most appropriate way”

    Meanwhile, Bamgboye reminded Lagosians that the Law against street trading was still in force, stressing that the State Government would not tolerate any form of street trading which includes display of rams on major highways, road medians, lay-byes, gardens and parks  across the State.

    He said that while it was not unusual for traders to take advantage of the season to market and sell rams, this must be done without defacing the state or compromising the wellness and wellbeing of Lagosians.

    He thereafter urged Lagosians to take advantage of the various parks and gardens across the state during the celebration to enjoy the ambience for leisure, funfair and relaxation as these parks were made for their use.

    SIGNED

    KUNLE ADESHINA

    (A.D) PUBLIC AFFAIRS  (MOE),

    August. 07, 2019

  • LASG Debunks Rumour On Re -Introduction Of Monthly Environmental Sanitation

    The Lagos State Government on Tuesday  debunked  rumours making the rounds on the airwaves and social media that it has reintroduced the monthly environmental sanitation exercise and vehicular restriction, urging residents to ignore it in its entirety.

    In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of The Environment, Mr Biodun Bamgboye, the Government   emphasized that no restriction will take place on the last Saturday in this month of June or any other month for that matter until otherwise decided.

    He said there is no basis for the apprehension of some people that they may have their business or social engagements disrupted by the vehicular restriction between the hours of 7 and 10 which normally signposts such environmental sanitation exercises.

    The Perm Sec added that one of the proactive measures undertaken by the Governor on his first day in office was to sign an Executive Order that borders on declaration of zero tolerance for indiscriminate dumping of refuse all over the state and did not include restriction for environmental sanitation exercise.

    Bamigboye explained that what the Governor said about the monthly environmental sanitation was that if indeed there is a need to reintroduce the exercise which was cancelled by the last administration, it will be with the popular support of majority of residents of Lagos.

    He added that the resolve of the present administration is to ensure that all machineries are put in motion to have a cleaner, safer and sustainable environment for all the residents.

    He gave a commitment that the present administration in Lagos State was not unmindful of the status of the State as the commercial nerve Centre of the nation and would ensure that the general public is duly notified if and indeed when a decision is taken on the reintroduction of the exercise.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Ass. Dir. Public Affairs

    June 25, 2019

  • LAGOS COMMENCES MASSIVE MAINTENANCE OF MAJOR DRAINAGE CHANNELS ACROSS THE STATE

                ……As GM Office of Drainage names 51 primary, secondary, tertiary channels involved in first stage.

    Respite will soon come the way of residents of the state against the menace of flooding as the Lagos State Government commences massive maintenance and clearing of major primary, secondary and tertiary drainage channels across the state.

    According to a schedule of maintenance released on Monday by the General Manager, Office of Drainage services in the Ministry of Environment, Engineer Lekan Shodeinde, in the Ikeja division, some of the priority drains to be cleared in the first week are Omole/Jubilee Agiliti, Muri International Channel, system 1 channel consisting of Odo Iya Alaro from Ojota to Lagoon.

    Other channels scheduled for maintenance in the ongoing exercise under Ikeja division are Elere Collector drain, Agege, Idimu road collector drain, Jimoh/Victoria/Shasha road collector drain, Gudugba collector drain, Agege Motor Road, (Mushin section), Kolawole Sebili/Falana collector drain.

    Also planned for maintenance in the first week in the Lagos division are Durosinmi Etti channel, Admiralty, Lekki, System 4 channel (Tejuosho to Western Avenue), Fola Osibo channel, Point Road-Liverpool collector drain, Apapa, Simpson Ebute Elefun collector, Ojo Oniyun collector drain, Ojo-Oniyun just as Signal Barracks channel In Badagry will also be maintained in the first week of the exercise.

    Engineer Shodeinde listed the drainage channels to be touched in the second week to include Oke Ijeun channel, Ojo, Abiodun Sadiku collector drain, old Akute road collector drain, Ikeja roundabout/Awolowo Way collector drain, Ikeja, Agege Motor Road collector(Ikeja section), Downstream  Alabi Owoyemi/Adeyiga/Awolowo Way collector drain, Oworonshoki, Jemtok/Kinoshi collector drain, Ago Palace Way, Isolo.

    Other drain channels to be touched in the second week are Olusoji/Rashidi Akotun/Odugunwa collector drain in Bariga from the Shomolu division, NTA Agric collector in Ojo,  Aguda Ikate collector in Surulere division, Ladilak/Pelewura/Randle/Burma collector drain in the Lagos division and Norman Williams collector drain in Eti Osa division.

    The areas listed by the General Manager, Office of Drainage services, for maintenance in the third week are from Badagry division, Adosoba channel, Akchapo collector, Adio Mumuni Badmus collector and Kehinde Eta Öko collector while in Ikeja division, slated to be touched are Bale Animashaun road collector drain, Alakuko road, Isheri Olowoora road drain, Awoyaya collector, Ibeju Lekki and Bogije collector both in Ibeju Lekki while from the Lagos division, the listed drainage channels are Carter Railway collector, Omodunni outfall collector, Admiralty road collector drain, Lekki and Mobil Estate Road collector drain, VGC.

    Engineer Shodeinde listed 10 drainage channels to be touched in the fourth week of the on-going exercise across the five divisions of the state as Osa Iwerekun, Ibeju Lekki, Professor Agbalajobi collector in Epe, Owutu-Ishawo road, Epe division, Obafemi Awolowo road, Epe, Ikorodu division Igbogbo Solebo Ajewo channel, Church street and Ipaja road in the Ikeja division and Eric Moore road in the Lagos division.

    He explained that what the Office of Drainage services is presently embarking upon is to gain traction with the contractor who is handling the major drainage channels since there is a subsisting contract for the maintenance.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Assistant director(Public Affairs)

    July 29’ 2019

  • LASG TO BOOST CAPACITY OF PSP WASTE OPERATORS TO PROCURE EQUIPMENT -TUNJI BELLO

    Lagos State Government on Monday declared its readiness to boost the capacity of Private Sector Participation (PSP) waste operators in the state through the provision of equipment to increase their capacity with soft loans.

    The resolve of the state was disclosed by the Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello while addressing the management staffers when he resumed for work at the ministry’s headquarters, Alausa.

    According to Mr Bello, the Governor , Mr Babajide Sanwo- Olu is committed to providing capacity to the PSP operators in the state towards ensuring that they partner the state in carting away generated refuse.

    He said part of the policy thrust of the present administration is to engage in waste sorting and buy back towards reducing the amount of waste generated and transported to the only functional dump site at Olusosun.

    The commissioner said in the coming weeks, he would be meeting with leaders of market men, women, parks and garages on how to ensure that the parks and markets are always clean and do not dump waste indiscriminately.

    He emphasized that there is a zero tolerance for indiscriminate dumping of refuse in all markets and parks, warning that the present administration will not hesitate to shut down any market or park that fails to engage the service of a PSP to properly dispose of its refuse.

    He said with the renaming of the ministry as ministry of the environment and water resources which also includes drainage services, there would be concerted efforts to ensure that the drains are cleared all year round and refuse disposed adequately.

    He also hinted of plans by the Sanwo-Olu administration to revive in conjunction with the Ogun State Government and the World Bank a plan that was mooted five years ago to establish another landfill site in Ogun State which is a contiguous State to Lagos.

     He stated that in about four to five years time the only functional landfill site in the state which is at Olusosun will be filled up and that there is a need to take advantage of a neighboring state with landmass like Ogun State in preparing for any eventuality. 

    He affirmed that the bulk of the work of the ministry will be devoted towards refuse clearing as well as ensuring a smooth running of the drainage systems adding that uncleared refuse majorly contribute to clogging which eventually results to flooding in the state.

    He said there was an immediate need to open up the manholes for cleaning so as to 

    compliment the cleanup of primary and secondary drainage channels and called for the support of  all members of staff, asking that all hands must be on deck to achieve a 

    cleaner, healthier and flood free Lagos.

    Kunle Adeshina

    Asst Director (Public Affairs)

    Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources

    August 26, 2019