• 36 VEHICLES IMPOUNDED, 4 PEOPLE ARRAIGNED, CONVICTED AS IKOYI AND VICTORIA ISLAND CLEAN UP COMMENCES

    The Lagos State Government on Friday commenced the enforcement of the Clean Up of Ikoyi and Victoria Island with the impounding of 36 exotic cars and trucks from an illegal car mart and mechanic workshop located on the pedestrian walkway of Muritala Mohammed Drive formerly Bank Road In Ikoyi .

    The enforcement team which was led by the Chairman of the Task Force on Environmental and Special offenses, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi also arrested four persons who were arraigned  before a mobile court immediately.

    One of those arraigned who converted part of the walkway on Bank Road to a beer parlour was fined  N50.000 while all the cartons of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks on display were confiscated.

    The three other persons who converted the walkway to a car mart were fined on each of the counts after pleading guilty and also had the 36 vehicles which were fairly used Tokunboh of different makes impounded by the court.

    The enforcement team also pulled down a makeshift mosque which was located on the pedestrian walkway also Bank Road, Ikoyi.

    All the remnants of the demolition exercise was carted away by Lagos State Waste Management Authority LAWMA, while towing vehicles were provided by LASTMA to move vehicles causing obstruction.

    The team also touched Adekunle Lawal formerly  Magregor Road and Olawale Daudu Road formerly Lord Rumens where a makeshift car wash opposite Abraham’s Court was dismantled and four vehicles wrongly parked towed away.

    Speaking with newsmen at end of day one of the exercise, CSP Egbeyemi adviced people who have mounted shanties and illegal structures to remove same immediately, adding that today’s exercise is just a tip of the iceberg.

    He added that the committee is committed to actualising its mandate in ridding Ikoyi and Victoria Island of all illegal structures and all environmental nuisances.

    He added that the special committee is planning to carry out the clean up exercise for the next six months and would ensure that it is sustained by KAI and Neighbourhood SAfety Corps operatives.

    The Special Committee had earlier embarked on several awareness campaigns through the electronic, print and social media to sensitise the general public, residents ,the owners of illegal structures on setbacks, walkways, drainage alignments, roadside mechanics and squatters in the affected areas to comply with the law maintaining that anyone caught would be dealt with according to the environmental laws of the state.

    As the exercise continues, commercial motorcycle riders plying restricted routes and commercial vehicles driving against traffic as well as those picking passengers on the main roads would also be prosecuted. 

    Night club owners and karaoke operators with inadequate parking spaces who encouraged their customers to park on main roads thereby making life difficult for residents to gain free access to their homes would also not go unpunished during this Clean-Up exercise.

    The resusitation of the Special Committee became necessary following the various complaints received from members of the public and residents of the area on the unwholesome activities going on in Ikoyi and Victoria Island axis.

    The quest to have a safe, clean and healthy Lagos is not negotiable as the present administration is set to find a permanent solution to all environmental infractions being witnessed in Ikoyi, and Victoria Island as well as other parts of the state.

  • LAGOS COMMENCES CLEAN -UP OF IKOYI, VICTORIA ISLAND ON FRIDAY AS SANWO-OLU RESUSCITATES SPECIAL COMMITTEE

    The Special Committee on the Clean-Up of Ikoyi and Victoria Island, recently resuscitated by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will commence the full enforcement of all environmental and traffic laws in the areas on Friday.

    The Special Committee in a press statement on Wednesday signed by the Chairman, Mr Tunji Bello informed that the committee working in conjunction with the Victoria Island and Ikoyi Residents Association (VIIRA) and different enforcement agencies in the State will remove all illegal structures and dislodge all squatters and miscreants in Ikoyi and Victoria Island.

    He explained that the committee has already conducted a reconnaissance operation of several areas in Victoria Island and Ikoyi in November to identify specific areas of infraction.

    Part of the focus of the Special Committee according to Tunji Bello who is also the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, is the clearing of refuse, identification and removal of all illegal structures on setbacks, walkways, drainage alignments as well as roadside mechanics who have converted several open spaces to automobile workshops.   

    He added that the activities of night club owners and karaoke operators without adequate parking lots and who thereby converts major roads into parking points inhibiting free access to residents of many areas especially in VIctoria Island would be put under check.

    Tunji Bello reiterated that leisure houses, night clubs and karaoke stations who engage in noise pollution will be served with abatement notices as the law dictates before the full force of the law is applied in such places, adding that religious homes who engage in noise pollution are advised to correct such anomalies before the task force commences its enforcement.

    He stated that the committee would also enforce the provision of the State Traffic law during the enforcement by apprehending and prosecuting commercial motorcycle riders who ply restricted routes and drive against traffic and commercial buses who drive against traffic and pick passengers on the main road.

    He said it was regrettable that highbrow Victoria Island and Ikoyi have now been heavily populated by different funny characters including operators of the old antiquated cart and three wheeler tricycle operators who park indiscriminately on walkways, affirming that the operators still have a grace period from now till the commencement of enforcement to move out of the areas or be dislodged and prosecuted.

    Bello emphasized that the task force will also dislodge illegal occupants of abandoned buildings several of which have been identified and which serve as hideout for criminals and prostitutes as well as destitute who roam about the streets in daytime and perpetrate crimes at dusk.

    He stated that part of the sustenance measures being planned by the Special Committee for the areas to be cleared is the deployment and retention of operatives of the Lagos Neighbourhood Watch, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (KAI) and LASPARK to be provided with security cover by the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offenses Task Force under the leadership of CSP Yinka Egbeyemi.

    Bello said the modus operandi of the Clean Up Task Force when enforcement commences is to conduct operations at Day and night and ensure the immediate trial of those caught for running foul of the state environmental sanitation offenses law and road traffic laws by the mobile courts which is an integral part of the operation.

    He reiterated that the present administration under the able leadership of Mr Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu intends to use the success of the impending clean up of IKoyi and Victoria Island as a test case and launching pad for the extention of the exercise to other parts of the state.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

  • LASG CHARGES RESIDENTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS DURING THE YULETIDE 

    The Lagos State Government on Monday  charged all residents of the state to be conscious of the state of the Environment as they celebrate the Christmas and New Year festivities.

    The State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello who gave this advice In an interview in his office at Alausa, Ikeja, stressed that it was necessary to enlighten Lagosians that they should show utmost love to the environment even as they celebrate.

    Bello, who wished all Lagosians a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year celebration, urged everyone to respect the environment, bearing in mind that a lot of waste would be generated during the Christmas and New Year celebrations calling for proper disposal of animal waste as well as proper sorting and bagging of such refuse and place them at designated points.

    He assured Lagosians that the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is positioned to respond adequately to the efforts efforts to rid Lagos of refuse heaps.

    He said that the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu is at the fore front of the campaign for a healthy people and a cleaner environment, and will always encourage Lagosians to desist from acts that could have negative impacts on the environment.

    The Commissioner advised residents who will be visiting the several Parks and Gardens across the state to be mindful of their activities while they celebrate and also avoid bringing inflammable objects to the gardens.

    He advised residents against the storage of petrol and other inflammable materials at homes, offices, shops and markets as their storage could aid fire outbreak particularly when virtually all objects in the environment are dry and combustible during this period.

    Bello further urged drivers to beware of the hazy weather condition which has reduced visibility to less than 10m, stressing that motorists should ensure that all parts of their vehicles are in good conditions before embarking on any journey.

    SIGNED
    KUNLE ADESHINA
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
    PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR
    23th  DECEMBER, 2019

  • 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