The Lagos State Government has reassured Lagosians that the new environmental law is in the interest of all as it is not out to bring any hardship whatsoever on the people.
This was made known by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde while responding to press interview in Alausa on Thursday.
According to Ayorinde, the law, which is in tandem with the reforms in the environment sector, was aimed at chating a new direction in recognition of the fact that water, sanitation and hygiene are non-negotiable requisites in a mega city like Lagos.
He noted that the rapid growth of Lagos, its dream of 24-hour economy and government’s financial limitations had made it necessary to make investor-friendly laws to attract the desired investment in the environment sector.
“With the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, the government reassures all and sundry of its determination to clean the environment in our state and we are already taking the necessary steps in that direction”, he stated.
While stressing that the Government would not be frustrated in its determination to achieve a cleaner Lagos by seeming vested interests working against the state, he assured that all issues pertaining to the Cleaner Lagos Initiative would be addressed shortly.
Ayorinde stated categorically that there was no such thing as criminalizing individuals having boreholes, adding that only boreholes dug for commercial purposes required license or payment and this is not a new practice as it has been in existence.
His words: “The position of the law today as provided in sections 253 and 259 of the Environmental Management and Protection laws as it relates to construction of borehole or well has not changed from what it used to be. Firstly, Landlords are free to dig or construct boreholes in their houses without any permit or license, provided that the regulation on location of such borehole is followed, that is the borehole or well must not be sited near soak away or septic tank.
“Secondly, please note that License is required ONLY by landlords that intend to construct borehole or well for commercial or industrial use, meaning if you dig or construct to sell or for industrial use, you need location permit”, he stressed.
He urged Lagosians to team up with the government and work for the realisation of its development agenda and sustainability goals, particularly as it relates to the reforms in the environment sector where the people are the direct beneficiary of 27,500 new jobs, a cleaner state, and all-year-round drainage management for effective and efficient flood control, among others.
Head, Public Affairs and Research
Ministry of the Environment
16th March, 2017