• SANWO -OLU READS RIOT ACT TO RESIDENTS WHO LITTER DRAINS, VANDALISE MANHOLES

               As Gov launches weekly community centred environmental awareness campaign
    The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday read the riot act to residents who litter the drains and remove manholes, saying a stop must be put to such habit.
    The Governor who spoke at the Campos playground, Odunlami street, while flagging of a community based environmental sanitation awareness programme, urged all residents to take action by prioritizing environmental cleanliness in their daily lives.
    The Governor who expressed dismay at the level of littering of drains he observed while touring some streets on Lagos Island, advised that it is high time all residents embrace good environmental habits to avoid any form of disease breakout in the state.
    The Governor in company of his deputy Dr Obafemi Hamzat also lamented that on the streets he visited, most of the manholes have been removed and littered with refuse.
    He said the awareness / sensitization campaign will be taken round all the 57 local Government and LCDA to ensure that the initiative is embraced by every member of the community while ensuring that Lagosians have access to a clean, safe, flood free and sustainable environment.
    He added that LAWMA officials would soon  commence the distribution of waste bags and waste bins to tenements across the state to.aid the proper bagging of refuse.
    He promised that a gang made up of officials of the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and that of the Environment would be constituted to tackle the issue of manhole removal.
    The Governor hinted that he would lead the Members of the Executive council every weekend  to clean streets, neighbourhoods, desilt  drainages and ensure evacuation of waste saying the exercise would be a continuous culture before a decision is taken on the resumption of the Monthly Sanitation Exercise.

    Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hazmat; Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; representative of Lagos School Pupils – Miss Ailero Akin Abayomi; Wife of Lagos Governor, Dr. Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Chairman House Committee on Environment, Hon Olanrewaju Afinnih and Special Adviser on Environment; Mr.Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu during the commencement of advocacy awareness Campaign on improving sanitation practices in the Environment, held on the14th of July, 2024, at Campos mini Stadium, Joseph Street, Lagos Island, Lagos State.

    Sanwo – Olu said the daywhich coincides  with the annual Tree planting Day with is celebrated globlly on the 14th ofJuly encourages residents to  embrace tree planting culture, stressing that trees are not just for beautification but to regulate temperature and mitigate the effects of climate change.
    Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab said the awareness on the re- introduction Sanitation Exercise was pertinent in order to promote a clean and healthy environment, as well as encourage community participation in waste management to  reduce the risk of disease outbreaks.
    “As we all know that the  Monthly Environmental Sanitation was a culture in Lagos State some years back as such the awareness of the re- introduction  of exercise in the State is going to be another bold step of the present administration.
    Wahab  said undertaking the sanitation of the environment provides  a ground for people to become hygienic for the safeguard of their health, which will also increase the life-span of residents through the promotion of cleanliness.
     He said with the government’s effort to  create awareness and sensitize the citizens on the re-introduction of the exercise, all residents are encouraged to imbibe the culture of cleaning their homes, surroundings, drainages in front of their tenements and streets.
    He added that the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) officials would always be on ground to collect bagged waste and dispose them properly.
    The event was witnessed by dignitaries including the Chairman House Committee on the Environment, Hon Olanrewaju Afinnih, Special Adviser on the Environment, Engr Kunle Rotimi-Akodu, Permanent Secretaries in Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen and Drainage Services and.Water Resources, Engr Mahamood Adegbite.
    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs )
    MOE&WR
    Sunday, July  14, 2024
  • WE REMAIN RESOLUTE IN OUR QUEST FOR A FLOOD FREE STATE – LASG

    …..As Commissioner for Env. Tokunbo Wahab leads team on inspection tour of enforcement projects in Isolo, Ago Palace Way, Lekki, Ikoyi
    ……Gives 48hrs notice to owners of buildings on drainage alignment at System 63B Sangotedo
     
    The Lagos State Government on sunday reiterated that the present administration remains resolute in the quest  to make lagos and the metropolis flood free.
    The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab made the statement in  an interview after an extensive inspection tour to various contravention  sites, adding that government would continue to enforce the law while reclaiming drainage setbacks.
    Wahab said the team was out for the normal routine to ascertain the state of some drainage channels with a hind sight that most flooding issues  are majorly caused by negative human activity.
    The Commissioner accompanied by the Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services Gaji Omobolaji and the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services Engr Mahamood Adegbite visited  Aladelola Street in Ikosi – Ketu where  some individuals had  cut the supporting iron under the Culvert which thereby leading to the collapse of the channel adding the state public works office will cordon the road off and repairs will commence immediately.

    L-R; Permanent Secretary, Office of Enviromental Services, Gaji Omobolaji his Counterpart in the Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite and Hon. Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, during a tour on the 23rd of June, 2024 to check some drainage contravention at Victory Estate, Okota, Lagos State.

    The team also visited  Victory Estate collector, Ago Palace Way, where some upscrupulous individuals blocked water path and canals and engaged in illegal sandfilling  and Selling, the Commissioner mentioned that an enforcement team had earlier been sent saying that the visit was to check enforcement and compliance level.
    “We are here as  a result of a written petition by residents complaning about several distortions; there had been a lot of distortion on these canals and roads by some individuals which has been causing flooding in the area” he said.
    At  Sangotedo by Lagos Business School (LBS) the Commissioner said there is a natural stream that is supposed to discharge into  System 63 and from there to Omu creek which has been blocked and reduced by illegal structures built along the channel adding that a 48 hours contravention notice have been served to owners of buildings lying within the channels.
    While explaining the process of serving contravention notices, Wahab said property owners whose buildings and fences fall within drainge channels will first  be served a 48hrs notice followed by another 14 days notice before the commencement of enforcement saying that the government would commence full enforcement after the expiration of all notices with an the option of voluntary compliance.
    The  team was also at Ajiran Primary Channel, Chevron Drive to ascertain the level of the on going dredging adding that there is going to be construction of a new alignment for free flow of water in the axis.
     At Ilabere Collector at old Ikoyi, the team  observed that there is encroachment on the alignment and the fences will be removed in the next few days adding that government is fixing a major infrastructure around Ilabere and if the collector is not properly handled, the infrastructure will be destroyed.
    ” Lagos despite its peculiarities as a coastal state with low-lying terrains and a high population density among others has remained afloat because of various measures put in place by the government” he said.

    L-R; Director Sanitation Services, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth; General Manager, Lagos Waste Water Management Office (LASWAMO),Engr. Adefemi Afolabi; Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite; Director Drainage Construction, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Dapo Ajadi; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab and Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji, during a tour on 23th of June 2024, to a failed portion of drainage channel at Aladelola street, Ikosi Ketu, Lagos State.

     Wahab said the ministry has strengthened its Drainage Enforcement activities in ensuring due diligence concerning all drainage channels and restoring Right of Ways on all channels while it continued its intense all year round clearing and cleaning of major primary and secondary drainage channels.
    ” I tell people climate change is real and there is a cholera outbreak, We must know that all these things are Interwoven;  We must all be responsible and responsive as a people, people cannot continue to brazenly abuse the environment and expect that there will be no consequences” he said.
    He appealled to the residents to always take ownership of their environment, desist from unwholesome act of illegal waste disposal, illegal construction of buildings on drainage / drainage Setback/Right Of Way and endeavour to say something whenever they notice an infraction in order to ensure that the environment remains habitable and Safe for all.
    The Commissioner accompanied by the Permanent Secretaries , Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen; Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite; MD LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin,  General Manager, LASPARK, Mrs. Toun Popoola; General Manager, LASEPA, Dr. Tunde Ajayi; General Manager, LASWMO, Engr. Adefemi Afolabi , KAI Marshall, Major Olatunbosun Cole (Rtd) and top Directors in the Ministry.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE&WR
    June 23, 2024
  • FLOODING: LAGOS TO CONSTRUCT ADDITIONAL DRAINAGE COLLECTOR ON AGUNGI TO BRING RELIEF

    ………As Commissioner for Environment moves to access flooding incidents in Agungi, Ajiran and kushenla
     
    The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab on Thursday said Government is determined to proffer a permanent solution to flooding in Agungi and environs through the construction of a bigger collector along Agungi road expected to bring relief to residents in that axis of the State. 
     
     
    The Commissioner who made the assertion while speaking with  the press after a thorough  accessment of the area following the flooding incidents experienced as a result of the 48hrs continous rainfall experienced in the state adding that the construction of a bigger collector became necessary along Agungi road to preventing flooding in the area
     
    The Commissioner acompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite alongside  Heads of Agencies and Directors in the Ministry visited Freedom Park Road / Kusenla Junction, Alpha Beach road saying that Emergency Flood Abatement Gang were deployed while the rain was ongoing to clear the debris in the  collector at the  aforementioned areas  to allow  free flow of storm water. 
     
    Wahab mentioned that during the tour a minor encroachment was observed along Alfa Beach behind the Jame Hope University where a blockage was discovered saying that from Saturday full excavation will start from Alpha Beach to conservation road.

    L-R; Director Drainage Construction, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Dapo Ajadi; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr.Tokunbo Wahab and Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite, during an inspection tour on the 27th of June, 2024 to some areas that experienced flooding at Kusenla Elegushi, Ikate, Lekki Penisula, Lagos State.

     

     

     

    The Commissioner said  the  construction of a new collector at Agungi Road is just one of the several which the State Government would construct to address perennial flooding issues in the identified areas
     
    “At  Agungi we have agreed that the area needs a new collector that will take the water from the road into the lagoon; the collector they have there is too small to  Serve the volume of Storm water on the  Agungi Streach” he said.
     
    According to him,  after the construction of a new Collector, Ministry of works and infrastructure will also be invited to raise level of road. 
     
    He recalled that the flooding issue on System 156 (Up stream) Alpha Beach Road  has been a reccurring problem for quite a while stressing that the dredging of the channel would commenced immediately towards making the state flood free. 
     
    Wahab restated that people were discovered to have bullt to block System 156,emphasizibg that the state will not fold its hand and allow some people for profit making Sake to destroy public Infrastructure  provided by individyals and Government.
     
    “Like we have always been saying, people bullt to block System 156 and some families on this  Corrider also obliterated with developers to block System 156” he said.
     
    The Commissioner  vowed that the State Government will continue to ramp up enforcement operations across the state to reclaim setbacks and drainage alignments towards preventing flooding.
     
    He appealed to residents to be  whistle blowers for  government  saying government cannot be everywhere. adding that people are used to having bad behavioral pattern, things cannot stop over night and Government Agencies and ministries will join forces to put a stop to these actions by enforcing our laws.
    Signed 
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE&WR
    June Thursday 27th, 2024
  • NATIONAL SANITATION DAY: LASG URGES RESIDENTS TO KEEP ENVIRONMENT CLEAN

    ……As State holds maiden edition, Community Sanitation Clean-Up
    The Lagos State Government on Friday urged residents to continue to keep their environment clean while imbibing good environmental sanitation and  hygiene practices.
    The Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen made the assertion at the maiden celebration of National Environmental Sanitation Day (NESD) and the Second Quarterly Community Sanitation Clean-Up Exercise of Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources held at Ojodu Local Government Development Area.
    The Permanent Secretary who spoke through the Director of Sanitation Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth said it is necessary to prevent the occurrence and spread of not only cholera but also other sanitation related diseases.
    He explained that the Federal Ministry of Environment with the approval of the National Council on Environment (NCE) in conjunction with State and all Local Governments has set aside 28th of June every year as National Environmental Sanitation  Day.

    Director in the Office of Enviromental Services, Mrs.Omoyeni Balogun; Representative of the Chairman Ojodu Local Council Development Area (LCDA)/ Vice Chairman, Hon. Bunmi Oluyadi; Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Office of Enviromental Services/ Director Sanitation Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth and an Assistant Director in the Office of Enviromental Services, Mrs. Fatty Ogunniyi, during the Maiden edition of National Environmental Sanitation day celebration, held on 28th of June, 2024, at Oluyemi Erinoso Street in Ojodu Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State.

    Highlighting the theme for 2024,   “Environmental Sanitation in the Era of Climate Change”
    Gaji stressed that the purpose of the celebration was to create awareness among the Nigerian populace on the importance of sanitation practices as a veritable means of controlling and preventing communicable diseases.
    He mentioned that currently the country is faced with the challenge of  a cholera outbreak  saying Lagos is one of the  affected States.
    “As we all know, cholera is spread through contaminated water or food that are results of unhygienic and poor sanitation practices such as open defecation, poor waste management and poor personal hygiene amongst others” he said.
    He noted that prior to the Cholera outbreak, the State has scaled-up it sanitation monitoring and awareness in public spaces focusing on Motor Parks and Garages, Markets, Public Schools, Abattoirs and Slaughter houses with the aim of sustainable good sanitation practices amongst the people.
    He therefore advised all residents to imbibe the culture of regular hand washing before eating and ensure that they cook their food thoroughly before consumption.
    He emphasized that residents need to ensure proper waste disposal through patronage of the LAWMA accredited PSP operators and regular cleaning of the tertiary drains for  sustainable environment
    He added that residents should ensure they cut all overgrown vegetation, use the toilets for defecation and urination as well as ensure good sanitation that will support the economic growth and wellbeing of all.
    He said the Government has also expanded coverage through community-led sanitation initiatives leveraging on monthly Community Development Committees (CDCs) meetings for advocacy and engagement on general environmental sanitation issues.

    Director in the Office of Enviromental Services, Mrs.Omoyeni Balogun; Representative of the Chairman Ojodu Local Council Development Area (LCDA)/ Vice Chairman, Hon. Bunmi Oluyadi; Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Office of Enviromental Services/ Director Sanitation Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth and an Assistant Director in the Office of Enviromental Services, Mrs. Fatty Ogunniyi, during the Maiden edition of National Environmental Sanitation day celebration, held on 28th of June, 2024, at Oluyemi Erinoso Street in Ojodu Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State.

    He added that this year alone, officers from the ministry have attended eleven CDCs meetings across the LGAs in the State and  sensitizing residents on the need for Community Sanitation saying  the Ministry collaborated with two communities every quarter to carry out clean up exercise.
    He expressed appreciation to Ojodu LCDA, Community Development Committee, Community Development Association, resident of Orile-Aguda community, State volunteer group and Coalition of Lagos Environmental Groups (COLEG) for their support to ensure the cleanliness of the environment.
    Earlier in his introductory remarks, the Chairman, Ojodu Local Government Development Area, Hon. Segun Odumbaku charged the residents to always keep their environment safe and clean  especially at this period of Cholera epidemic.
     The  Chairman who spoke through the Vice Chairman, Hon. Bunmi Oluyadi said Iives have been lost to the Cholera outbreak, urging everyone to always keep their environment clean by embracing proper waste disposal amongst others.
    Signed 
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE&WR
    June Friday 28th, 2024
  • FLOOD FREE LAGOS: STATE MEETS, CHARGES EFAG OPERATIVES ON IMPROVED SERVICE DELIVERY.

    As the rains intensify, Lagos State Government over the weekend convened a review meeting with operatives of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) charging them not to rest on their oars but target improved service delivery for a flood free Lagos.
    Addressing all the operatives who assembled at the Blueroof Hall, LTV Complex, Agidingbi, ikeja,  Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab said the State recognises the quantum of work the EFAG operatives are doing to free black spots and prevent flash flooding.
    He gave a commitment that the State would continue to provide the necessary logistics and support for the officials for effective discharge of their duties.
    He said the EFAG team remains the pride of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources adding that EFAG was created to intervene in clearing black spots most especially for emergency abatement to ensure free flow of storm water.
    While commending the team for a job welldone in cleaning up secondary drains and manholes in the 57 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas Wahab hinted that the Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved the payment of 13th month salary for the EFAG team at the end of each year.

    Hon. Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab (Left) addressing operatives of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG), during a meeting held over the weekend at the Blue roof, Lagos Television Complex, Lateef Jakande road, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos State.

    He explained that considering the risk they are exposed to in the course of their duties, the state government has also put in place adequate health care system for them through the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA)
    “I would like to express my utmost appreciation to the EFAG team; without the team, Lagos will experience flash flood, government would continue to support you with good welfare packages, all I want from you is to continue to work hard for a flood free and sustainable environment because to whom much is given, much is expected” he said
    He said the Ministry will continue to give the necessary support needed, for them to keep up with the tempo at which they work all the time so that a flood free Lagos would be achieved.
    Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite noted that Lagos state in recent times had not experienced serious flooding saying this was as a result of the various measures put in place by the Government and the continuous cleaning of the drains by the EFAG Team.
    He urged the team members to continue to put in their best and remain committed to drainage maintenance in order to achieve a sustainable cleaner, healthier and safer environment.
    In response, a member of the EFAG team, the Area Manager, Surulere, Mr. Bukonla Meadows
     expressed appreciation to the government for always giving the team the necessary support needed, he promised that the team would remain efficient and effective in sustaining the tempo in order to achieve a flood free Lagos.
    Signed 
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE&WR
    June 30th, 2024
  • 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
  • PARTICIPANTS TO LASG: CONSIDER ESTABLISHMENT OF LAGOS CLIMATE INNOVATION FUND TO DRIVE CLIMATE RESILIENT INITIATIVES

     ..As 10th Climate Change Summit Communique prescribes far reaching recommendations 

    Participants at the just concluded 10th Lagos International Climate Change Summit have recommended the establishment of a Lagos Climate Innovation Fund to drive climate resilient initiatives.
    In a communique issued over the weekend, participants recommended the funding of Climate resilient infrastructure and buildings to protect urban dwellers and critical assets from Climate related hazards such as floods, storms and heatwaves.
    “Lagos needs to deliberately develop a mechanism to access and scale-up Climate finance flows for projects and programmes through the development of bankable adaptation initiatives/ projects”.
    “It also needs to work with financial institutions such as AFDB and other partners to strengthen incentives such as concessional financing, blended financing and risk mitigation instruments for accessing private capital”, the communique advised.
    It urged Lagos to look into Blended Financing which includes Private Capital Investment and Developmental Capital that are both Public and Philanthropic funders.
    It was also resolved that the State should rehabilitate the reticulation System of the First Phase of the Adiyan water works and complete the second phase to provide more portable water for the people of the State as adaptation initiative.
    The communique also advised that the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) and the multi-modal transport strategy of Lagos State should be sustained with critical provision for funding.
    It was adviced that Lagos State needs to make a strong business/economic case for adaptation, expand Investment instruments, and embrace emerging ideas around using the carbon markets for Climate financing.
    “Existing collaboration and knowledge sharing with cities globally should be sustained and enhanced to leverage on international networking and partnerships”, the communique suggested.
    Participants also adviced that Lagos State should bolster capacity building and create stronger enabling environment to unlock untapped domestic private capital.
    “The State Government should incentivise the private sector and investors to innovate development plans and use the State resilience strategy in developing the support projects and plans”.
    The participants also urged the  State to pay critical attention to the restoration of mangroves to create buffer zones and mitigate coastal flooding and erosion as a critical step in protecting vulnerable communities and infrastructure.
    It also urged the State Government to develop robust strategies that will promote circular economy as a tool for reducing GHG emissions and promote efficient use of resources.
    It was also resolved that Lagos should ensure the integration of the health sector into the State Climate Action Plan as comprehensive approach for achieving environmental sustainability and protection of public health.
    The participants also urged the State to strengthen its Primary Healthcare to provide comprehensive, accessible and community-based healthcare services that meet the health needs of the people particularly the vulnerable groups to ensure health equity.
    The 10th Lagos International Climate Change Summit which had as its theme: “Accelerating Climate Finance and Championing Local Adapation Initiatives” held between June 11 till 13th at the Lagos Continental Hotel
    Accelerating Climate Finance and Championing Local Adaptation Initiatives”
  • 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.