• SANWO-OLU LAUNCHES CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE PLAN, CLIMATE CHANGE MAINSTREAMING STRATEGY

    … Says Lagos aligns with the urgency of actions in mitigating effects of climate change
    … As State Celebrates 10th International Climate Change Summit 
    The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday stated that the State Government aligns with the urgency for actions in mitigating the effects and championing adaptation initiatives at the local and international levels
    The Governor who spoke at the Flag off of the 3Day 10th Lagos International Climate Change Summit held at Continental  Victoria Island, stated that government understands that the issue of climate change is not a distant threat but present reality that requires immediate solutions.

    L-R: Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; former Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN); former Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Representative of the Lagos Governor and Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Hon. Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab and Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji, during the 10th edition of the annual Lagos International Climate Change Summit, held on 11th of June, 2024, at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

    The Governor who also launched the the Lagos Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan (LCARP) and Lagos Climate Change mainstreaming Strategy as parts of strategies to reduce emissions and mitigate to Climate Change challenges.
    He said that Lagos today stands on the threshold of history as a state driven not by what some people see as challenges but by what it considers its greatest prospects and attributes.
    According to him; as a city of aquatic splendor, Lagos is vulnerable to climate vagaries and stands tall among the committee of nation defying the odds to make appreciable  gains.
    He recalled that several years ago, the atmospheric elements threatened to take over the Victoria Island part of the state, saying the State tamed the raging Sea by constructing the great Walls of Lagos out of which came the Lagos Atlantic City thereby restoring and revitalizing surrounding businesses.
    He mentioned that Lagos has gone through implementation of a multi-modal Transit BRT System, adding that these initiatives and more have improved the health and safety of Lagosians and have reduced carbon emission from transportation by about 15%.
    He stressed that in 2015, the comity of Nations  reached a landmark agreement to keep global temperature below 1.5 degrees centigrade adding that Lagos responded by developing a second 5year Climatic Action Plan outlining goals and  strategies for emission reduction.
    The Governor said with the unveiling of the first Nigerian electric Car in Lagos in November 2020, the state intends to replace 50% of public transportation fleet with electric Vehicles by 2030.
    “The red and blue line projects recently launched are crucial for reducing the carbon footprint decreasing vehicular emission, cutting down travel times and promote a sustainable low carbon future for Lagos” he said.
    Sanwo-Olu emphasized that the state has successfully signed partnership deals with a private Waste Consortium to build a waste to energy Plant that will provide electricity for about 40,000 homes and convert 2,250 tonnes of waste daily.

    L-R: Former Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire; former Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Representative of the Governor of Lagos State and Deputy , Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Hon. Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab; Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji and his Counterpart in Office of Drainage Services, Engr Mahamood Adegbite, during the 10th edition of the annual Lagos International Climate Change Summit, held on 11th of June, 2024, at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

    Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab noted that the solution to climate change lies in climate resilient development which involves integrating adaptatively measures with actions to reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions in ways that provide wider benefits.
    He highlighted that the summit theme  “Accelerating Climate Finance and Championing Local Adaptation Initiatives” aims to explore ways of attracting climate finance into the adaptation space as well as to create livable and resilience infrastructure.
    He said from the inaugural summit to the tenth edition, the state had witnessed a transformative shift in global consciousness towards climate action, adding that each summit had been a stepping stone, building upon the achievements of the last, propelled forward by the tireless efforts of countless climate heroes.
    He stated that over the past decade, the Lagos International Climate Change Summit has served as a platform for dialogue, collaboration, and innovation in addressing climate related issues in the State.
    “From promoting renewable energy to implementing sustainable waste management practices, we have made significant strides in integrating Climate Actions in Lagos State Development Investment Opportunities and building resilience in the face of climate variability” he added
    He said amidst the celebration of past achievements, the state is also confronted with the stark realities of the present situation saying the global 6th Assessment Report (AR6) of the IPCC  serves as a sobering reminder of the urgency of the situation and the need for immediate action.
    He emphasized that this year’s summit is therefore not just a forum for discussion, but a clarion call for action saying that everyone must accelerate the efforts to mobilize climate finance and channel it towards projects that prioritize local adaptation initiatives.
    Wahab reiterated that the aforementioned means investing in infrastructure that can withstand the impacts of climate change, empowering communities to develop climate-resilient livelihoods, and enhancing our capacity to respond to climate-related disasters.
    In a special session titled “Climate change Initiatives; the journey so far” the former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola(SAN) said Climate Change is triggered majorly by human conduct and sometimes natural causes.
    He said the International Climate Change Summit championed in 2009 has proved its effectiveness, adding that the convocation of the 10th edition of the Summit is a reassertion of the Leadership role  Lagos State plays in Climate Change Initiatives.
    He maintained that Lagos is a place of innovation and not a place of experiment, adding that most initiatives in Lagos State Environmental sector over the years are targeted at reducing carbon emission and ways to combat climate change.
    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE&WR
    Tuesday 11th June, 2024
  • SANWO – OLU ADVOCATES INCREASED AND SUSTAINED CLIMATE FINANCE TO MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES

    The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday advocated a continuous increased and sustained climate financing to mitigate Climate Change challenges.

    The Governor who spoke through his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat during the closing ceremony of the 10th Lagos International Climate Change Summit held at Victoria Island, stating that Governments, financial institutions and international organizations must work collaboratively to bridge the financing gap.

    L-R; Permanent Secretary, Office of Enviromental Services, Gaji Omobolaji; Former Dean of Postgraduate Studies(UNILAG), Prof. Alabi Soneye; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; Lagos State Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. Folayinka Dania; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab; Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Amzat; Project Director, ARCTIC INFRASTRUCTURE, Mr. Look man Oshodi and Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr Mahamood Adegbite, during the closing of 10th edition of the annual Lagos International Climate Change Summit, held on 13th of June, 2024,at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

    He added that it is high time the government ensured that resources are directed towards projects that yield tangible benefits for communities and ecosystems.

    “We are committed to fostering a supportive environment for climate finance and local adaptation initiatives, ensuring that all efforts are aligned with the insights and expertise shared”.

    He applauded the resolve of participants to work hand in hand with all stakeholders to transform the discussions into concrete actions that will benefit communities and environment.

    He added that participants have also learnt that accelerating climate finance is not merely about mobilizing funds but ensuring that these resources reach those who need them most saying, It is about creating financial instruments that are accessible, equitable, and effective.

    The Governor added that experts have highlighted innovative financing mechanisms, from green bonds to climate insurance, and the importance of leveraging both public and private sector investments.

    L-R; Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite; his Counterpart in Office of Enviromental Services, Gaji Omobolaji; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; Special Adviser, Sustainable Development Goals, Dr. Oreoluwa Finnih, Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Amzat and Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, during the closing of 10th edition of annual Lagos International Climate Change Summit, held on 13th of June, 2024, at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

    He stressed that the discussions have underscored the necessity of a systemic shift in how everyone perceive and deploy financial resources for climate action.

    He said the government would continue to prioritize capacity building and knowledge sharing by empowering local communities with the skills, tools, and knowledge they need to develop and implement adaptation strategies.

    He said the government is determined to continually strengthen policy frameworks and regulatory environments to support climate action, and remain steadfast in our commitment to inclusivity and equity.

    According to him, Climate action must be inclusive, ensuring that the marginalized and vulnerable groups are not left behind such that women, youth, indigenous peoples, and other underrepresented communities must have a voice in the decision-making processes that affect their lives and livelihoods.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE&WR
    Thursday 13th June, 2024

  • SALAH CELEBRATION : LET US CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT -LASG

    The Lagos State Government on Friday appealed to residents to continue to maintain a cleaner environment as they celebrate the Ed-eil-Kabir this weekend.
    In a statement signed by  the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, he reiterated that Lagosian should make the protection of the environment a priority during and after the salah celebration.
    Wahab, while wishing all Muslims a Happy Salah celebration, urged residents to respect the environment, bearing in mind that a lot of wastes would be generated during the period  and  must be disposed properly after bagging and placement at designated points for pick by PSP operators.
    “We must continue to police our environment, avoid littering our surroundings and drainages with wastes, avoid dumping of wastes on road medians, kerbs, open spaces, and road setbacks  with assurance that our Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) officials are still committed to a cleaner Lagos and would be on duty  throughout the holiday” he emphasized.
    He said that the present administration is at the fore front of the continuous campaign for a healthier, safer ,cleaner and flood free environment, encouraging residents to desist from acts that could have negative impacts on the environment.
    His words: “It important for all residents to continually maintain safety protocols, we must always ensure that we handle waste in the most appropriate way, ensure good personal hygiene practices, ensure proper environmental sanitation amongst others in order to avoid Cholera breakout in the state “.
    Meanwhile, the Commissioner reminded Lagosian that the Law against street trading is 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, walkways, lay-byes, gardens and parks across the State.
    He said that while it is not unusual for traders to take advantage of the season to market and sell rams, this must be done in designated markets without defacing the state’s aesthetics or creating traffic bottlenecks.
    He thereafter wished all Muslim faithfuls a happy Salah celebrations and happy holidays.
    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE&WR
    Friday 14th June, 2024
  • PHOTO-NEWS: LASG SIGNS MOU WITH HARVEST WASTE CONSORTIUM ON WASTE TO ENERGY CONVERSION

    Hon Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Mosopefolu George and the Deputy Consul General, Dutch Consulate, Ma Leonie Van Der Stijh, Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Hon Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, Managing Director Harvest Waste Consortium, Evert Lichetenbelt and Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen, shortly after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Lagos State Government and Harvest Waste Consortium held on Monday, May 27, 2024 at the Lagos House Ikeja Conference room.

     

    Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu (3rd left), witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Lagos State Government and Harvest Waste Consortium, (from 4th left) are Hon Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, Managing Director Harvest Waste Consortium, Evert Lichetenbelt, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen and Special Adviser PPP and Legal, Mrs Bukola Odoe, with them (from right) Hon Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Mosopefolu George and the Deputy Consul General, Dutch Consulate, Ma Leonie Van Der Stijh, held on Monday, 27 May, 2024 Lagos House Ikeja Conference room.

     

     

  • Sanwo Switch to Gas (SS2G) / Trash 4Cash Campaign

    L-R: Member, The Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bukola Akoshile; Beneficiary, Sanwo Switch to Gas (SS2G) / trash 4cash campaign, Eleto qudus olamilekan; Guest of honour, Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; Beneficiary, Sanwo Switch to Gas (SS2G) / trash 4cash campaign, Moshood Aramide and General Manager, (LASEPA), Dr. Dolapo Ayokunle Fasawe at the Sanwo Switch to Gas (SS2G) / trash 4cash campaign held at Elegbeta Playing Ground,  Isale EKo Lagos lsland. Recently

     

  • LAGOS TAKES SANITATION/ HYGIENE ADVOCACY TO MARKET LEADERS

    As part of efforts to achieve an organised market as well as food security sustainability, the Lagos State Government has taken its market hygiene advocacy to market leaders.

    Addressing Market Leaders during the maiden edition of a one-day sensitization programme for Market leaders held at Ifako ijaiye Local Government Secretariat, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Omobolaji Gaji said the markets should be clean always, and a hygienic food handling process must be maintained to ensure socio-economic wellbeing.

    L-R … Director, Environmental Health Unit, office of Environmental Services, Sanitarian Olaewe Adewale, Iyaloja General of Ifako-Ijaiye, Local Government, Chief Doyin Ogunbiyi, Representatives of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Chairman and Head Human Resources, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Princess Bisi Mariam, Representatives of Director Drainage Maintenance, and Assistant Director, Engr. Yetunde Okanlawon and Representatives of Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services and Deputy Director, Sanitation Service Mrs. Omoyemi Balogun, during the One day sensitization program on the Cleanliness of market and foods for market leaders in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Lagos State held on the 21st of July 2022, at Ifako-Ijaiye Local government hall, College road, Ogba, Lagos State.

    Gaji said Lagos state had been the epicenter of diseases of public health importance since the 2014 Ebola case, Covid-19, Lassa fever and cholera establishing the associative link between the market environment, illnesses and diseases that threaten human existence.

    The Permanent Secretary represented by Deputy Director Sanitation, Mrs Omoyeni Balogun observed that in the market environment there are social behaviours that impacts the aesthetic of the environment which includes improper display and storage of foods and food items, Indiscriminate dumping of refuse, adding that the emerging epidemic and pandemic threats that confront humanity have links to markets.

    “Insanitary behaviours, Open defecation, littering and blocking the drainage system and more deface our markets and are threats to life and properties directly and indirectly” he said.

    The Permanent Secretary said all foods items pass through the market environment and are exposed to both intrinsic and extrinsic high-risk factors of unhealthy practices in the market environment saying that the way food items are displayed can bring about contamination from environmental pollutants.

    Gaji who frowned at indiscriminate refuse disposal under any guise reminded Lagosians especially market women and men to ensure that they sort their waste from the source saying that every stakeholder must be involved in the New environmental reforms.

    In her welcome address, the representative of the Chairman Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Princess Mariam Bisi emphasized that Lagos is the economic hub of Nigeria, adding that the statement will not have any significant meaning without the market and stakeholders that monitor the market environment.

    L-R … Director, Environmental Health Unit, office of Environmental Services, Sanitarian Olaewe Adewale, Iyaloja General of Ifako-Ijaiye,Local Government, Chief Doyin Ogunbiyi, Representatives of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Chairman and Head Human Resources, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Princess Bisi Mariam, Representatives of Director Drainage Maintenance, and Assistant Director, Engr. Yetunde Okanlawon and Representatives of Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services and Deputy Director, Sanitation Service Mrs. Omoyemi Balogun, during the One day sensitisation program on the Cleanliness of market and foods for market leaders in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Lagos State held on the 21st of July 2022, at Ifako-Ijaiye Local government hall, College road, Ogba, Lagos State.

    She appealed to market leaders in the Local Government to shun street trading and restrict all trading activities to the market, stressing that it is in the interest of all to respect the Lagos State and Local Government environmental laws.

    Participants at the Orientation programme include market Men and Women, Environmental Health Officers as well as local government officials.

    Lectures were delivered during the workshop on Food Hygiene, monitoring and Control, Waste Management, Water Security and quality, Drainage and flooding, and Pest and Diseases control in the market environment.

    SIGNED
    KUNLE ADESHINA
    DIRECTOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR

    21st JULY, 2022.

  • CLEANLINESS SHOULD BE EVERY RESIDENT’S WATCHWORD DURING SALLAH – TUNJI BELLO

    ….Reiterates ban on Sale of Rams on Highways and Roads.

    As the Sallah celebration approaches, the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources on Thursday called on residents to continue to make cleaniness and safety their watchword throughout the season

    In a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, he urged Lagosians to respect the environment, be mindful of littering and dispose of animal waste properly during the festive period.

    He said all generated waste through slaughtering of rams and other animals as well as waste from food items must be properly disposed, through bagging and placement at designated points.

    He warned against dumping wastes generated from slaughtering of animals into drains, stating that such action will come back to haunt all residents through flooding.

    He added that sanitation workers and waste managers would all be on duty and have been mandated to work relentlessly across the State during this period.

    “ It is not unexpected that there will be an increase in generated waste during and after the Sallah, therefore our Sanitation Intervention Programme with the combined efforts of the Ministry of the Environment and Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is still on course to rid Lagos of indiscriminate refuse dumping” he assured.

    He said that the administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu would continue to be in the fore front of the campaign for a healthy and cleaner environment, encouraging Lagosians to desist from acts that could have negative impacts on the environment.

    He reminded Lagosians that the Law against street trading was still in force, stressing that this includes display of rams on major highways, road medians, lay-byes, gardens and parks across the State.

    “While it is a usual act for some traders to take advantage of the season to display and sell rams, this must be done at designated markets without defacing the environment, affecting traffic or compromising the wellbeing of Lagosians”, he said.

    Bello while felicitating with all Muslims reminded all that as the rains are here urged Lagosians to guard against the outbreak of epidemics, by ensuring that wastes are handled in the most appropriate way without defacing the aesthetic of the state.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR

    6th July, 2022

  • We are Committed to a Clean Environment – LAWMA Boss

    …Appeals for waste containerization

    Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has reassured residents of a firm commitment to a clean environment despite the challenge of diesel scarcity, while also appealing to them to bag and containerize their waste.

    The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated this on Friday while monitoring the environment, adding that efforts were being intensified, to clear any backlog of refuse, and to stop acts of indiscriminate waste disposal around the city.

    He said: “We have redoubled our efforts, working round the clock to ensure that we evacuate all waste anywhere around the city. Although the scarcity and high cost of diesel have been a major challenge, as all service providers’ trucks run on diesel, nonetheless, we are doing the needful and leaving no stone unturned, to maintain a clean environment and prevent health hazards to the people”.

    “Over preceding months, we have rolled out advocacy and media sensitization campaigns, to inform and educate residents on the importance of environmental cleanliness, particularly the act of waste containerization. We have also supported efforts of PSP operators, by providing backup services in areas that experienced service gaps, with the overall aim of eradicating black spots across the metropolis”.

    He appealed to residents to properly bag and containerize their waste to allow for more storage periods and prevent littering.

    According to him, “The resurgence of waste observed in some areas of the metropolis is borne out of the unforeseen diesel challenges the service providers are experiencing, and since tenements cannot keep waste in their houses, have resorted to bringing it to the highways, which isn’t proper.”

    “While we strongly reiterate the importance of waste containers at home, we passionately appeal and canvass for public cooperation, to combat a resurgence of waste on road medians, canals and other illegal spots.”

    “We are assuring Lagosians of our total commitment to rid the environment of dirt. As we work day and night to make this happen, we urge you to support our efforts because the cleanliness of the state is a collective responsibility”, he stressed.

    Odumboni noted further that despite the serious logistics challenges faced by PSP operators, as a result of the increase in the price of diesel, they had continued to provide services to tenements, adding that the Authority, in order to ensure effective turnaround time of waste collection trucks, had also ensured that landfills in the state are in proper shape.

    “Before now, we had carried out massive rehabilitation work across our various landfills, to improve the turnaround time of PSP trucks servicing tenements and commercial facilities in the state. This has improved the condition of the sites, paving way for seamless waste collection activities”, he stated.

    For inquiries and complaints about services of waste management-related issues in your area, please call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617.

    Kadiri Folashade (Mrs.)
    Director, Public Affairs
    24/06/2022