• LAW TO PERMIT MONTHLY SANITATION RESTRICTION IS IN THE WORKS- LASG

    …As Env. Commissioner  convenes stakeholders meeting with market leaders over waste. 

    Lagos State Government  on Wednesday informed residents that the enabling law to permit reintroduction of monthly sanitation is on the way.

    The Government’s resolve was made by the Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello during a stakeholders’ meeting with Association of Commodity Market Women and Men led by the Iyaloja General of Nigeria, Chief Mrs Folasade Tinubu-Ojo.

    According to Bello, the invalidation of the exercise by a court sometimes ago is a temporary setback which will be reversed very soon. 

    He said the meeting which also had the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Ronke Odeneye and Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegeshin in attendance was convened to seek the buy-in of market leaders, women and men on the government’s zero tolerance for indiscriminate dumping of waste.

    He told markets in the state who have not engaged the service of PSP waste operators to link up with the State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and do so immediately and ensure that no form of waste is taken to the roads henceforth.

    He stated that in conjunction with the appointed PSP waste operators, a point within the market must be identified where all the waste generated should be gathered before being carted away by the PSP operator.

    He assured the market leaders that the State will not hesitate to sanction PSP operators that failed to perform their duties appropriately.

    He said the Government would have no option but to shut any market that proves recalcitrant and still harbours refuse or dump same on the roads.

    He said as a form of motivation, competitions would be re-introduced to recognise and reward markets adjudged as the cleanest.

    In her response, the President ACWAM,  Iyaloja General, Mrs. Folasade Tinubu-Ojo said that she will ensure that market sanitation becomes a daily task that all market leaders will adopt. 

    She assured that the association was ready to cooperate with the State government to adopt all methods proposed by the government to ensure  cleanliness  in all markets and it’s environs. 

    SIGNED

    KUNLE ADESHINA

    (A.D) PUBLIC AFFAIRS 

     MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES 

  • LASG REASSURES RESIDENTS ON PERSISTENT RAINFALL, SAYS ADEQUATE MEASURES ARE IN PLACE

            …..As Commissioner, S.A, Perm Secs visit drainage channels and flood prone areas

    The Lagos State on Thursday reassured residents of the state that measures are already in place to address the challenges posed by incessant rainfall as witnessed in the state in the last three days, as the various flood abatement gangs continue to clean and maintain the channels.


    Speaking with the media in a chat after an unscheduled inspection of some of the major drainage systems, the State Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello and Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe said residents should be rest assured that  irrespective of the volume of the rainfall, it would flow through the drains to discharge into the various channels.

    Also speaking, the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe advised Lagosians to remain calm and not panic as the rainfall currently being experienced in Lagos State is a natural outcome of climate change and has been predicted by the Nigerian Metrological services.

    He stated that Lagos being a coastal state will usually experience flash-flood, which is expected to disappear after a few hours without any negative and attendant loss of lives and properties, maintaining that the state is working round the clock to ensure that all the drains already cleared are not clogged up again.


    The Commissioner reminded the people of the Executive Order signed by the Governor on zero tolerance for indiscriminate dumping of refuse, warning against acts that could aggravate flooding such as indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the drains as well as erecting structures on drainages lines and alignments. 

    He stated that while relevant government agencies are on red alert for any unforeseen incident, residents must be vigilant and  promptly report cases of indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drainage channels and unauthorized places as well as other incidents of drainage blockage to the relevant government agencies.

    Bello also advised Lagosians to be safety conscious during this period, urging them to take some safety measures such as avoid going out during the rains except when absolutely necessary and be conscious when driving and not over-speed.

    He stressed that Lagosians residing along flood plains and low-lands should be at alert and be ready to move for safety whenever the need arises stating that the Lagos State Government would continue to intensify efforts at containing flood in the State, while  painstakingly maintaining all primary, and secondary channels from time to time.

    The two Permanent Secretaries of the Office of Environmental Services, Mrs Ronke Odeneye and Office of Drainage Service and Water Resources, Engineer Lekan Shodeinde and directors in the ministry also visited areas known to be flood prone areas.

    Signed

    Adekunle Adeshina
    AD Public Affairs

    19th September ,2019

  • LASG REITERATES COMMITMENT TO FIGHT AGAINST CRIME AND CRIMINALITIESto Draft

    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 DIRECTS OWNERS OF PROPERTIES ON DRAINAGE RIGHT OF WAYS TO REMOVE THEM IMMEDIATELY

                                                                        PRESS RELEASE   LAGOS DIRECTS OWNERS OF PROPERTIES ON DRAINAGE RIGHT OF WAYS TO REMOVE THEM IMMEDIATELY   Lagos State Government on Friday read the riot act to residents and property owners in the state who have built on the Right of Way of various drainage channels in the state to remove such properties immediately or have them removed by agents of the state government.   In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe, the State Government warns that the several efforts it is making in ensuring free flow of water is being hampered by the activities of several individuals who have built across drainage channels thus causing flooding.   He cited the specific example of Bayo Osinowo street near China Town Unit system as one of such flagrant disregard for the state drainage masterplan, stressing that all the structures on that corridor are illegal structures obstructing the free flow of water in the China Town Drainage system and must go.   Igbokwe said severally, the property owners in the area have been served with contravention notices by the state government, but they have been recalcitrant and have even gone a step further by resorting to self help all in the quest to gain public sympathy.   He described the hiring of a buggy by some of the residents of Bayo Osinowo street in China Town to clear to redirect the channel and clear the canal in what they term as “self help” amidst media blitz as an exercise in futility, self serving and cosmetics, stating that all the physical structures as presently constructed on that street are on the RIght of Way of the China Town alignment, constituting the major impediment to free flow of water from the drains.   The Special Adviser maintained that this warning will serve as a final notice to residents of all such areas where permanent structures have been erected on the Right of Way of various channels and canals to remove all such structures immediately or have them removed by the state.   He reiterated the commitment of the present administration to safety of lives and properties of every resident, adding that the government will not fold its arms and allow the activities of a few selfish and lawless individuals to put the lives of millions of law abiding citizens in peril.   He emphasized that the state continues to deploy more men to the various locations in the state where it’s flood abatement gangs are operating to compliment the efforts of the main contractor that is saddled with the task of cleaning up all the drainage channels in the state.     Signed   Kunle Adeshina Director Public Affairs October 4, 2019    
     
  • LAGOS APPEALS FOR UNDERSTANDING OF RESIDENTS, STEPS UP EFFORTS TO FREE CLOGGED DRAINS

    Lagos State Government on Wednesday appealed for understanding of residents of the state as it ramps efforts to free up clogged drains and mop up floods that have taken over many streets and roads across the state, urging them not to panic or resort to panicky measures.

    In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, the State explained assured the residents that succor will soon come as the state is deploying more flood abatement gangs to major trouble spots to free manholes and some clogged up drains to compliment the major contractors handling the cleaning up of major drains.

    He listed some areas that have experienced the palliative measures of the abatement gangs to include Fred Anyiam and Femi Ayantuga Street In Surulere Local Government, Car Wash area in Egbe Idimu Local Council Development Area, Magregor Canal in Obalende LCDA, Ago Palace Way In Oshodi Isolo LCDA, Festac Extension In Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area and Ipodo In Ikeja Local Government Area.

    He explained that engineers and top officials of the Ministry have also gone round the state in the last three months to ascertain the true state of all primary, secondary and tertiary drains and compiled a report which is part of what will serve as guide to future steps

    He said in addition and to make the data so gathered more inclusive, the  Ministry also released a phone number to the public to send in picture about the state of the environment in their neighbourhoods and that the response has been very overwhelming.

    He appealed to the people to desist from dumping refuse into the drains, adding that de-silting of the drains have been compounded by the activities of residents who have turned many major drainage channels into refuse dumps including tertiary drains in the 

    He also reiterated the warning issued to all property owners who have built on set backs of drainage channels or drainage alignments to remove all such structures as they constitute major impediments to free flow of water into the various drainage channels.

    Bello emphasized that the Ministry in conjunction with other agencies will ensure that the residents of the state do not experience a repeat of the flooding of the roads, streets and homes brought about by the near total neglect of the maintenance of the drainage channels in the last three years anymore.

    He said the poor state of the drainage system has also affected the road networks despite the continuous rehabilitation of the roads by the State Public Works Bureau, re-echoing the promise of the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu that massive rehabilitation of the roads will commence immediately the rains subsided. 

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    October 9, 2019

  • LASG Meets With PSP Operators, Restores Door-to-Door Evacuation

    LASG Meets With PSP Operators, Restores Door-to-Door Evacuation

    The Lagos State Government has met with PSP operators in Waste Management, saying they should go back to their various areas of operation and restore door-to-door evacuation of waste.

    Addressing operators at the meeting, held at LAWMA Office, Ijora on Tuesday, the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello stated that in making good its promise to achieve a cleaner and healthier environment, the government of Lagos State had constituted a committee, headed by the Secretary to the State Government, to thoroughly review the situation and design template for the restoration of the services of PSP operators.

    “This move is to reassure you that we are set on a new beginning and it is to consolidate what we have achieved. Everybody must work together to restore the glory of Lagos”, he said.

    He said that the government had appointed Mr. Ola Oresanya, former General Manager of LAWMA, as a consultant to work with the State to fashion out a format for the restoration of door-to-door waste collection.

    He urged the PSP operators to be ready for work and set aside any misgivings, adding that he was in constant touch with the leadership of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM) who had assured him of their cooperation.

    Earlier, the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti urged all stakeholders to recognise the urgent need to clear the backlog of waste in the metropolis, while a holistic solution was being worked out simultaneously.

    “Being aware that PSP operators were in business to make profit and sustain employment, government therefore enjoins residents to pay for waste collection by the PSP operators”, he added.

    Speaking on behalf of the PSP operators, the Chairman of AWAM, Mr. Oladipo Egbeyemi expressed his appreciation to the government for the development and urged for thorough situation review and provision of enabling environment for unhindered performance by his members.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    23rd October, 2018

     

  • CLIMATE CHANGE: AMBODE CALLS FOR LIFESTYLE CHANGE TO ATTAIN SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

    CLIMATE CHANGE: AMBODE CALLS FOR LIFESTYLE CHANGE TO ATTAIN SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

    The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has urged the people to change their lifestyle in favour of nature conservation for the attainment of sustainable environment in Lagos State, he stated this during the 2018 Annual Walk for Nature, held at the State House, Marina, Lagos on Saturday to advocate sustainable living and conservation of natural resources.

    Ambode who was represented by the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, stated that it was imperative to combat the impacts of pollution on our ecosystem, its biodiversity and human health by shifting to a more conscious approach to consumption and interaction with the environment.

    “The theme of this year’s annual walk for nature, ‘beat pollution, live a sustainable lifestyle’ is very appropriate in view of the ever increasing pollution levels in our society due to human activities”, he said.

    He urged the people to optimise the use of natural resources and exert minimal impact on the environment, adding that both government and the citizenry must work together to enforce policies that would prevent people from embarking on activities that could have negative impact on the environment.

    He said that the concerted efforts of his Administration at greening, landscaping and provision of scenic gardens and conservation parks were geared towards achieving sustainable development for the benefit of over 23million citizens of Lagos State.

    The Lagos State Governor noted that the impact of pollution on the ecosystem could not be overemphasised as it affected the planet through the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

    He emphasised that the annual Walk for Nature was a wakeup call to all Lagosians to rise in defense of the environment and collaborate to address the unconscionable pollution of the environment by focusing on attitude that despoil the land.

    His words: “Nature has blessed us with the resources that we need to survive; it is up to us to optimise their usage and conserve for posterity, so that we do not compromise the benefits of future generations”

    The governor urged Lagosians to refrain from activities that could cause pollution and degradation of the environment and enjoined all to advocate the culture of re-use, recycle and clean production.

    Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, Speaking through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, remarked that it was of immense benefit for all stakeholders to raise awareness on nature conservation, sustainable living and most importantly, the preservation of the rich biodiversity of Lagos State through the Walk for Nature, which was an important campaign to propel the people towards positive behaviour to the environment.

    The walk for nature is held annually by the Lagos State Government in collaboration with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation to advocate sustainable environment.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    20th October, 2018

     

     

     

     

     

  • EPE LANDFILL IN PROGRESS- DUROSINMI-ETTI

    The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti has said that the Sanitary Landfill currently being built in Epe is in steady progress.

    The Commissioner said this during a media tour of the Landfill site in Epe on Thursday.

    He said that the landfill, being a critical aspect of the waste management value chain, was accorded the deserved priority by the Lagos State Government as it had concessioned the 880,000 square meter landfill to Visionscape Sanitation Solutions to deliver the construction of weighing areas and road ways, “leachate” collection ponds and sediment pond as well as material recovery facilities among others.

    He said the new facility would ensure the protection of public health and the local environment as well as the global environment, while providing an efficient and effective final disposal option for waste generated in the State.

    He said that the landfill was a component of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) which is a holistic waste management programme aimed at revitalizing the entire Solid Waste Management sector to have far-reaching benefits and multiplier effects for the State.

    The Commissioner stressed that the Lagos State Government was committed to providing a sustainable and functional environment that would ensure development and prosperity.

    Jide Atansuyi
    Chief Public Affairs Officer
    Ministry of the Environment
    March 1, 2018

  • CLEANER LAGOS: WASTE COLLECTION OPERATORS COMMENCE COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS

    The Lagos State Government has forged ahead with its plan to reassign the erstwhile PSP operators, now known as Waste Collection Operators from domestic waste collection to commercial waste collection as the operators are billed to officially commence evacuation of commercial waste on Thursday, 1st March, 2018.

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti disclosed this in his Office in Alausa on Tuesday, 27th February, 2018..

    Durosinmi-Etti stated that the move was meant to ensure that challenges being experienced in Waste Management across the State at present were reduced drastically in the shortest possible time, adding that the Lagos State Government was committed to the removal of all problems militating against efficient waste management in the State.

    He said that over 300 Waste Collection Operators had been licensed to evacuate waste from commercial premises sequel to the publication on 17th February 2017 of the Expression Of Interest (EOI) on the recertification of commercial waste operation in Lagos State.

    He said that the over 300 Waste Collection Operators, having met all the requirements were recertified and subsequently licensed, stressing that others recertified but not licensed had till 7th March, 2018 to complete the requirements and obtain operating licenses which are a sine –qua- non for commercial waste operation in Lagos State.

    The environment commissioner enjoined all stakeholders to ensure that their premises were serviced by licensed operators only.

    Mukaila Sanusi
    Assistant Director, Public Affairs
    Ministry of the Environment
    27th February, 2018

  • VISIONSCAPE, PSP OPERATORS RESOLVE TO WORK AS PARTNERS … PSP Operators Pledge Free Black-Spots-moping operations

    In a move to bring relief to Lagosians on the current waste situation, the Visionscape Sanitation Solution and the Waste Collection Operators (WCOs), otherwise known as PSP Operators, have agreed to work together as partners to achieve a cleaner, healthier and safer Lagos.

    This resolution was made at a meeting facilitated by the Commissioner for the Environment, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti in his Office at Alausa on Thursday.

    Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti said that government was interested in easing challenges being experienced in Waste Management at present by creating synergy between Visionscape Sanitation Solution and the WCOs in their spheres of operation, stressing that resolving the challenge in a mutually beneficial manner was the best approach.

    “Government more than ever believes in this partnership and that is why it has not only provided a facility of up to N2.5b with State Government guarantee, which PSP Operators could access to upscale their operations, but has also opened another channel through the Employment Trust Fund for loan facilities at reasonable interest of not more than 12% per annum”, he said.

    The Environment Commissioner stated that the Lagos State Government was determined to remove all bottlenecks hindering seamless waste disposal operations, adding that it was making the bold move of targeting a turn-around time of thirty minutes at the dumpsites by encouraging concerned stakeholders to create additional platform at the sites.

    He emphasised that no efforts would be spared to return the dump sites to sanity by reducing the menace of indiscriminately parked trucks and scavengers, both of which add to the loss of time at the dump sites.

    The Chief Executive Officer of Visionscape Sanitation Solution, John Irvine, applauded the new found understanding between his company and the Waste Collection Operators and stated that challenges being experienced in domestic waste management in Lagos State had to do with the fact that the domestic waste operator was just in its first cycle of operation, meaning that it must contend with some teething problems.

    His words: “It is not unusual to face this kind of problems especially in the first cycle of operations. It takes some time to build the superstructures and to ameliorate the present hiccups; we are buying locally and taking steps to have waste container bins manufactured locally.

    Speaking on behalf of the WCOs, Kasumu Afis Olasehinde reiterated their commitment to the success of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative and pledged to roll out more trucks to rid Lagos of Wastes’ black spots.

    “To show our total commitment to a cleaner, healthier and safer Lagos, we have not only resolved to work with the Government of Lagos State and the domestic waste operators as partners, we have also resolved to commence free Operations every Thursdays to mop up black spots in our respective areas” he emphasised.

    Mukaila Sanusi
    Assistant Director, Public Affairs
    22nd February, 2018.