• 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
  • LASG CHARGES ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OFFICERS TO WORK IN SYNERGY FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

     _….. As Environment Commissioner also meets Lateef Jakande Leadership Academy Fellows_ 

    The Lagos State Government on Thursday charged Environmental Health Officers(EHO) across the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas to work in synergy with the Ministry to achieve a clean, safe and sustainable environment. 

    The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources,  Mr. Tokunbo Wahab gave this charge during a meeting with the officers  at Alausa Secretariat adding that the combined efforts of the Ministry and the officers would continue to rid the state of all forms of Environmental infractions. 

    He said the meeting became necessary in order to ramp up  enforcement of the ban and distribution of Styrofoam food packs and trays across the state, saying the pronouncement on ban of Styrofoam was made over three years but the law was  never enforced until now.

    He explained that Lagos is a coastal state and as such it is prone to flooding stressing that global warming is real and every government needs to put measures in place to mitigate its effects on the Environment. 

    He said that the Ministry is set to rejig the operation of all Environmental Health Officers across the Local Government Areas to effectively  enforce the law while reiterating that officers will be deployed to supermarkets, retailers and wholesalers to mop up empty styrofoams food containers / trays in stock for onward transmission to the shredding site at Oshodi. 

    According to him, the number of lives that have been lost through the effect of the use of styrofoam food packs, the destruction of the ecosystem and aquatic lives as well as the menance brought upon the environment cannot be quantified. 

    He added that the health of the residents is paramount to the government rather than the profits the manufacturers are  set to make from the continuous distribution of Styrofoam takeaway packs and trays across the state. 

    He said the Ministry would continue with the on going advocacy campaign in the print, electronic and social media in order to ensure that the message is passed to all residents on reasons why they should embrace the ban and the need to transit from Styrofoam to multiple use containers.

    PIX : 1000/1014/1021/1030/1036:L-R; Permanent Secretary, Office of Enviromental Services, Gaji Omobolaji; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu and Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite, during the year 2024 Annual Seasonal Rainfall Prediction(SCP) in Lagos State, held on 26th of March, 2024 at the Confrence room of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, the Secretariat Alausa Ikeja.

    The commissioner appealed to the health officers to collaborate with the ministry to ramp up enforcement on the ban of usage and distribution of all forms of Styrofoam food packs and trays across the state stressing that additional KAI officers that will be employed soon will be deployed to the Local Governments to compliment the activities of the Environmental Health officers. 

     The Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu while surged the officers to support the efforts of Government in achieving a fruitful enforcement on the ban of usage and distribution of all forms of Styrofoam food packs and trays across the state.

    He said now is the time to save the environment from the menance of Styrofoam by coming up with substitutes for Styrofoam takeaway packs and trays as this particular product in question is highly hazardous to health. 

    Earlier, the Head of Department, Environmental Health Department, Ifako – Ijaiye Local Government, Sanitarian Cyril Babasope who spoke, said the officers are set and will continue to work in synergy with the ministry to ensure the environment is protected from all forms of environmental challenges that ranges from Open defecation to dislodgement of illegal settlements amongst others.

    He also cited political interference as one of the factors limiting the effectiveness of their operations and urged the Commissioner to use his good Office to prevail on political leaders to allow them enforce the laws on sanitation.

    Later, the Commissioner also recieved fellows from the Jakande Leadership Academy  on a courtesy visit  stating that leadership is a huge responsibility and if given to wrong hands  may endanger the society, saying governments globally are investing heavily on the youths. 

    He said finding the right people and grooming them can be a little tough at times but commended Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for creating the academy saying the fellows are getting desired impartations from the institute.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs (MOE&WR)
    MARCH 7, 2024
  • LASG PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, STEPS UP CAMPAIGN TO END OPEN DEFECATION

    The Lagos State Government on Friday reiterated its determination to intensify the use of toilets and good hygiene practices in every community in Lagos.
     The Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Omobolaji Gaji made this known at the Flag – off of the Clean Nigeria: “Use the Toilet” Campaign at the Ojo Local Government, adding that the programme aims at ending open defecation in Nigeria by 2025.
    Gaji represented by a Director in the Sanitation Service department Mrs Omoyeni Balogun said the campaign is spearheaded by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, UNICEF, some local and international partners for a holistic approach to eradicate open defecation.
    He added that the Federal Government had set up a National Secretariat tagged “CLEAN NIGERIA: USE THE TOILET” campaign to drive the message through the 36 States of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
    “Imagine our country Nigeria and Lagos State as a whole where every citizen has access to clean and safe toilet facilities. A Nation where open defecation is a thing of the past, replaced by proper sanitation habits that protect both individuals and communities from disease and contamination” he said.

    L-R: A Deputy Director in the Office of Enviromental Services, Mrs. Opeyemi Shorunke; Ojo LG Council Treasurer, Mr. Okeowo Isiaka; Ojo LG Council Manager, Mrs. Ajose Esther; Executive Chairman, Ojo Local Government, Hon. Rosulu Olusola and Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Office of Enviromental Services and Director in the Office of Enviromental Services, Mrs. Omoyeni Balogun, during the flag off of the Clean Lagos” Use the Toilet Campaign” in Ojo Local Government / Iba LCDA and Otto Awori LCDA, held on the 26th of April, 2024, at Ojo Multipurpose Hall, Ojo Local Government, Lagos State.

    He said in achieving this feat, there is need for all to come together as a nation and prioritize the construction of clean and accessible toilet facilities in communities, schools and public spaces, stressing that It calls for educational programs that raise awareness about the importance of proper sanitation.
    He said the State has been able to cover Ten Local Government Areas/Local Council Development Areas in the Use The Toilet campaign, aiming to cover the remaining ten before the year runs out.
    Gaji added that awareness Technique was a driving tool in achieving an Open Defecation Free Lagos saying the campaign must be people-centered and community engagement with relevant stakeholders especially in the vulnerable and underserved Communities must be of high priority.
    He said it is important to point out that the campaign, despite its successes have also been confronted with some challenges ranging from no budgetary allocation to lack of political will.
    He stressed that there is a need for political support from Local Governments to cascade this policy to the people, who are the direct beneficiaries.

    L-R: A Deputy Director in the Office of Enviromental Services, Mrs. Opeyemi Shorunke; Ojo LG Council Treasurer, Mr. Okeowo Isiaka; Ojo LG Council Manager, Mrs. Ajose Esther; Executive Chairman, Ojo Local Government, Hon. Rosulu Olusola and Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Office of Enviromental Services and Director in the Office of Enviromental Services, Mrs. Omoyeni Balogun, during the flag off of the Clean Lagos” Use the Toilet Campaign” in Ojo Local Government / Iba LCDA and Otto Awori LCDA, held on the 26th of April, 2024, at Ojo Multipurpose Hall, Ojo Local Government, Lagos State.

    He said the lack of access to clean toilets and improper disposal of waste pose significant challenges to public health and well-being and assured residents that the government is set to address the fundamental issues that affects the safety and future of the State.
    In his remarks the Chairman Ojo Local Government, Hon Rasulu Olusola said the issue of open defecation is not just a matter of Sanitation but a critical public health concern that affects the well being of all communities.
    He said the clean Lagos initiative, aims to raise awareness about the dangers of open defecation, promote the construction of public toilet facilities and implement rigorous hygiene practices across the local government.
    He urged all participants to join hands to ensure a cleaner, healthier and sustainable environment by instilling a culture of cleanliness beneficial to future generations.
    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director(Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    April 26, 2024
  • LAGOS PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, SEEKS TO END OPEN DEFECATION

    The Lagos State Government on Thursday has reiterated its commitment to promote the use of toilets and good hygiene practices in every community in Lagos.
     The Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Omobolaji Gaji made this known at the Flag – off of the Clean Nigeria: “Use the Toilet” Campaign held at the Ojo Local Government adding that the programme aimed at ending open defecation in Nigeria by 2025.
    Gaji represented by a Director in the Sanitation Service department Mrs Omoyeni Balogun said the campaign is led by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, UNICEF, some local and international partners for a holistic approach to eradicate open defecation.
    He added that the Federal Government set up a National Secretariat tagged “CLEAN NIGERIA: USE THE TOILET” campaign to drive the message through the 36 States of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
    “Imagine our country Nigeria and Lagos State as a whole where every citizen has access to clean and safe toilet facilities. A Nation where open defecation is a thing of the past, replaced by proper sanitation habits that protect both individuals and communities from disease and contamination” he said.
    He said in achieving this feat, there is need for all to come together as a nation and prioritize the construction of clean and accessible toilet facilities in communities, schools and public spaces stressing that It calls for educational programs that raise awareness about the importance of proper sanitation.
    He said the State Government flagged – off the campaign in the State during the Year 2020 World Toilet Day with a view to decentralizing the campaign in all LGAs / LCDAs adding that the Government have been able to cover Ten Local Government Areas/Local Council Development Areas aiming to cover the remaining ten before the year runs out.
    Gaji said Government’s mandate to eradicate Open Defecation is embedded in Goal 2, Initiative 1 of the Lagos Resilience Strategy Document which focuses on providing Public Toilets and Bathrooms in each LGAs and LCDAs saying Sustainable Developmental Goal (SDG 6) emphasized more on IMPROVE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION.
    He added that the awareness Technique was a driving tool in achieving an Open Defecation Free Lagos saying the campaign must be people-centered and community engagement with relevant stakeholders especially in the vulnerable and underserved Communities must be of high priority.
    He said it is important to point out that the campaign, despite its successes have also been confronted with some challenges ranging from no budgetary allocation to lack of political will stressing that there is a need for political support from Local Governments to cascade this policy to the people, who are the direct beneficiaries.
    According to him, it is my hope that in view of the importance of this campaign to our national developmental process and meeting the goal of eradicating open defecation by 2025, I strongly believe that this campaign and other initiatives of this present administration will contribute to the success of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector.
    He said as the lack of access to clean toilets and improper disposal of waste pose significant challenges to public health and well-being he assured residents that the government is set to address the fundamental issues that affects the safety and Future of the State.
    In his remarks the Chairman Ojo Local Government, Hon Rasulu Olusola said the issue of open defecation is not just a matter of Sanitation but a critical public health concern that affects the well being of our communities.
    He said the clean Lagos initiative, aims to raise awareness about the dangers of open defecation, promote the construction of public toilet facilities and implement rigorous hygiene practices across the local government.
    He urged all participants to join hands to ensure a cleaner, healthier and sustainable environment by instilling a culture of cleanliness beneficial to future generations.
    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director(Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    April 25, 2024
  • REMOVAL OF STRUCTURES ON SYSTEM ONE, ODO IYA-ALARO DRAINAGE SETBACK WILL ADDRESS MAJOR FLOODING ISSUES ON THE MAINLAND-LASG

    The Lagos State Government on Sunday stated that the ongoing removal of all contravening structures under the system 1 drainage channel midstream (Odo Iya Alaro) Ojota and Ogudu, will address address major flooding issues on the mainland and its Environs.

    State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab made this assertion when he alongside the SA Environment, Tokunbo Wahab led the management on an inspection tour to the enforcement sites to ascertain the level of compliance by property owners and extent of work.

    He explained that the System 1 was established in 1974 and it is the biggest and widest Primary Channel that defloods the major parts of the mainland which cut across Ogudu, Ojota, Ifako, Gbagada, Maryland adding that the flyover bridge coming from Odo Iyaloro will cut across these areas.

    Wahab stressed that the Government had been having discussions with property owners / residents since year 2021 and the conversation ended in November 2023 stating that contravention notices have been served to owners of buildings lying within the 140 metres of System 1 since year 2021.

    “We found out that people have gone back to encroach on the right of way and alignments. Since 2021, we have been engaging the homeowners and residents where government has been notifying them of impending enforcement without which we cannot abate flooding” he said.

    The Commissioner  explained that property owners whose buildings fall within the approved 140 meters Right of Way of the channel had been given the option of voluntary compliance for almost three years now.

    He added that the government also discovered that while contravention notices had been served and dialogue on way forward was being explored, some of the property owners continued with the construction of  new buildings that surfaced in the areas now.

    He explained  that the property owners/ residents affected was advised for about three years to voluntarily remove the contravening structures before the state government officials commenced the enforcement but were foot dragging

    According to him, The conversation ended officially in November last year when they were asked to come forward with their documents and approvals and we found out that most of them do not have any.

    He stressed that it has been observed that all the structures on the System 1 Right of Way have no valid documents from the government as such all the structures will have to be removed

    He stressed that the original dimension was 140meters before the alignment but the State government is willing to put a human face to the enforcement process.

    Wahab charged Lagosians to respect the State Drainage Master Plan to avoid properties demolition insisting that there was no going back on the decision of the state to enforce the law and reclaim Drainage setbacks following the expiration of the notices issued.

    He advised residents to always visit necessary Government agencies when doing their land searches especially Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources to get their Drainage clearance as this will suffice for them in case of any occurrence in future.

    The Commissioner accompanied by the Permanent Secretaries , Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen; Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite; MD LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, GM LASPARK, Mrs Adetoun Popoola, General Manager, LASEPA, Dr. Tunde Ajayi; General Manager, LASWMO, Engr. Adefemi Afolabi and some Directors.

    The team also visited Okota, Faseun Bridge System 6E, off Ago Palace Way as the Ministry is set to commence major maintenance dredging to curb flooding and proffer lasting solution to waste that usually got stuck under the bridge.

    The Special Adviser on Environment, Mr kunle Rotimi-Akodu; said the government is determined to find a realistic solution to the issue of flash flooding in every parts of the state.

    According to him, the world has changed and everyone must put in place various measures to mitigate the adverse effects of global warming and other environmental issues confronting human existence.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    April 28, 2024
  • LASG TO RESIDENTS : NO GOING BACK IN FINDING HOLISTIC SOLUTION TO FLOODING IN THE STATE

    The Lagos State Government on Saturday reiterated that the Government won’t relent in its effort until  an holistic solution is found to the issue of flooding across the state.
    The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab made this known during an inspection tour to  system 1 drainage channel midstream (Odo Iya Alaro) Arowojobe Estate and Mende Villa Estate, Maryland section to find an alternative solution to the on going enforcement along the the system 1 corridor.
    He explained that the System 1 drainage channel midstream (Odo Iya Alaro) cut across Ogudu, Ojota, Ifako, Gbagada, Maryland and Ojota is  originally 140metres while property owners and residents on the corridor have reduced the size drastically but the government had put human face to it by reducing drainage to 100 metres.
    He added that since the original dimension was 140meters for the drainage but the State government is willing to put a human face to the enforcement process by moving 60 metres to Ogudu/Maryland section and 40 metres to Ogudu/Odo Iyaloro section which makes 100 metres in all to mitigate the enforcement exercise.
    He stressed that with   will not be demolished added that government  gave one week break to the enforcement exercises and ask a government surveyour to reconfirm the bickering and fly a drone in the affected areas along the System 1 corridor in order not to touch the order buildings.
    He stressed the government has been fair by ensuring that 85% of the buildings affected won’t be demolish  as such the government gave one week break to the enforcement exercises and ask a government surveyour to reconfirm the bickering and also fly a drone in the affected areas along the System 1 corridor.
    He explained that the System 1 was established in 1974 and it is the biggest and widest Primary Channel that defloods the major parts of the mainland which cut across Ogudu, Ojota, Ifako, Gbagada, Maryland adding that the flyover bridge coming from Odo Iyaloro will cut across these areas.
    He emphasized that the Government had been having discussions with property owners / residents since year 2021 and the conversation ended in November 2023 stating that contravention notices have been served to owners of buildings lying within the 140 metres of System 1 since year 2021.
    He said the residents of Mende Villa Estate  are affected and also have some government confidential documents with them saying this is a serious criminal offence.
    According to the Commissioner, Flooding, noise pollution, and the unlawful blockage of drainage channels represent critical challenges that has negative impact to the lives  of our citizens that must be tackled in order  to have an aesthetic environment
    The team also visited Nigeria Social Insurance  building situated at Ikoyi,  three blocks of twelve floors each, the commissioner said following the complaints of residents, the abandoned building served as a major risk to the environment because it is an hideout for miscreants.
    He said the building is a major risk to the state and constitute serious environmental nuisance to the society as there are no good sanitary activities  there as such the occupants will be
     dislodge on Monday.
    “I will like to reiterate that Lagos is a coastal state and there will always be flash floods for few hours when it rains. We should know that the world has changed and everyone must put in place various measures to mitigate the adverse effects of global warming and other environmental issues confronting human existence.
    According to him, Together, we can mitigate these environmental issues and restore the serenity and orderliness of our state, please always leave 15 metres setback when building your property to avoid any future occurrence.
    The Commissioner accompanied by the Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi -Akodu ,Permanent Secretaries , Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen; Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite; MD LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin,  General Manager, LASWMO, Engr. Adefemi Afolabi and some Directors.
    The commissioner maintained that the government remains resolute as the Apogbon, Obalende, Dolphin, Ijora Under bridges have been dislodged it will extend to the other parts of the state .
    All the places visited include, Arowojobe estate Maryland, Ajose Street Maryland,  Nigeria Social Insurance building, Ikoyi, Dolphin under bridge amongst other places.
    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    May 4, 2024