• LASG TO RESIDENTS : WE WONT BACK DOWN UNTIL WE FING HOLISTIC SOLUTION TO FLOODING IN THE STATE

    The Lagos State Government on Saturday reiterated that it won’t back down until  a holistic solution is found to the issue of flooding  caused by man made problems across the state.
    The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab stated this in an interview after an inspection tour to  system 1 drainage channel midstream (Odo Iya Alaro) Arowojobe Estate and Mende Villa Estate, Maryland section.
    The tour which is a follow up to the one undertaken last Sunday is aimed at taking a second look at the alignments and putting a human face to on-going enforcement along the system 1 corridor.
    He explained that the System 1 drainage channel midstream (Odo Iya Alaro) which cut across Ogudu, Ojota, Ifako, Gbagada, Maryland and Ojota was with a setback of 140metres that has now been reduced to 100 meters to reduce collateral damages.⁹
    He added that the original dimension was 140meters for the drainages 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 it 100 metres.
    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 and cut across Ogudu, Ojota, Ifako, Gbagada, Maryland adding that the flyover bridge coming from Odo Iyaloro will cut across these areas.
    He said some of the structures on the Mende Villa Estate  are in the middle of the channel and have not observed the mandatory 15 meters set back.
    He said the property owners are also brandishing classified government documents which is against the law.
    According to the Commissioner, Flooding, noise pollution, and the unlawful blockage of drainage channels represent critical challenges that have negative impact on 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 the former Federal Secretariat Ikoyi made up of three blocks of twelve floors each where a quit notice was given to the occupiers.
    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
    “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 who also visited the Dolphin under bridge where make shift rooms was discovered few days ago, said the environment Ministry and his social development counterpart will collaborate on how to take care of some of the children of school age who lived under the bridge.
    Wahab stressed that the government remains resolute on extending its clean up exercises round the state as it has done  at Apogbon, Obalende, Dolphin, Ijora Under bridges.
     Places visited include, Arowojobe Estate Maryland, Ajose Street Maryland,  Nigeria Social Insurance building, Ikoyi, Dolphin underbridge amongst other places.
    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    May 4, 2024
  • LASG COMMENCES REMOVAL OF OVER 100 SHANTIES UNDER THE ADENIJI ADELE BRIDGE TOMORROW

    ….As 48 hours quit/ removal notice expires

    The Lagos State Government on Sunday stated that it would undertake enforcement action to remove over 100 shanties housing several people at Adeniji Adele Underbridge from tomorrow.

    This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab during an interview with newsmen.
    He added that the removal is coming after the expiration of a 48 hours removal notice served on all occupants of the shanties to move with their belongings.
    The commissioner informed that operatives of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI/LAGESC) and officials from the Monitoring Enforcement and Compliance (MEC) department of the ministry will be given security back up to conduct the operation.
    Wahab emphasized that the exercise is part of the avowed commitment of the present administration under Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to reclaim all ungoverned spaces that dot the lagos landscape.
    He stressed that unsightly shanties which are located in the heart of Lagos island represents a distorted image of what a smart city like lagos should be.
    Wahab said apart from the unsanitary conditions of residents in the shanties, it also serve as hiding places for criminals and points for peddling hard drugs and substances which is injurious to the wellbeing of law abiding residents.
    He advised all the occupants of the shanties in their own interest to voluntarily move out with their belongings before the commencement of the enforcement operations on Monday.
    It will be recalled that similar enforcement operations to reclaim uncovered spaces have already taken place at Ijora, Apongbon, Obalende, Dolphin.
    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    May 5, 2024
  • 2024 SEASONAL CLIMATE PATTERN: LAGOS TO EXPERIENCE MORE THAN NORMAL RAINFALL.

    …….As Env. Commissioner urges residents to remain calm and support Government’s efforts
    The Lagos State Government announced on Tuesday that the State is expected to experience more than normal amount of rainfall during the year 2024 rainy season with a total of 1936.2mm predicted rainfall
    The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Environment, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab made this pronouncement at a media briefing of the Seasonal Climate Predictions (SCP) and the  Socio- Economic  Implications for Lagos State held at the Ministry’s Conference Room adding that the annual briefing  is to alert Lagosians of the climate patterns and its socio-economic implications for residents.
    He stressed that the average annual rainfall amount predicted for 2024 is 1936.2mm which is  greater than the long-term average of 1721.48mm  with the onset date expected to be the first week of April and ceasing in the first week of December.
    Ileja  is expected to have an onset date of 4th April and cessation date of 4th December with a  high annual amount of 1900mm rainfall.
    He added that Badagry is expected to have a rainfall onset date of 1st April and cessation date of 5th December resulting in an annual amount of 1978mm while Ikorodu is expected to have a rainfall onset date of 4th April and cessation date of 4th December totaling  an annual amount of 1903mm.
    He mentioned  that Lagos Island is expected to have a rainfall onset date of 3rd April, cessation date of 4th December and an annual amount of 1936mm while Epe is expected to have a rainfall onset date of 2nd April, cessation date of 5th December and an annual amount of 1952mm.
    According to him, below normal rainfall amounts are anticipated in the first half of the rainy season while normal to above normal rainfall amounts are expected in the second half of the rainy season.
    He reiterated that the Ministry’s collaboration with NiMet  annually on the Seasonal Climate Prediction has been valuable as a vital weather and early warning tool for farmers,  decision makers, operators of the various sectors and businesses that are likely to be impacted by the annual rainfall.

    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.

    He said government had plans to downscale the Seasonal Climate Prediction to  stakeholders and emergency workers in the State adding that the State had deployed and maintained its  network of weather stations and river gauge stations to monitor the weather and river levels in the state and increase the preparedness for weather and flood related issues.
    “We want to assure you that our state will continue to reap the benefits of a careful and rigorous execution planning, as our flood control measures are stepped up to contain any imminent rainfall; the Ministry has embarked on an all-year-round drainage maintenance program for effective and efficient flood control, in addition to an efficient and sustainable solid waste management system” he said.
    He added that to effectively contain flooding in the state government is determined to maintain the synergy and partnership with the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Authority (OORBDA) adding that the rainfall from neighbouring Ogun, Oyo and Osun States, dams release and rivers water levels into the State will also be monitored.
    He said the partnership has in years past ensured control and monitoring of the steady and systemic release of water from Oyan Dam to prevent flooding of the downstream reaches of the Ogun River saying the mutual relationship has been highly beneficial and will be sustain.
    He stated that proactively, the State has strengthened the Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS) to deliver reliable, timely and effective flood information at an appropriate response time adding that the low-lying Agiliti, Agboyi, Itowolo and Ajegunle communities  will be  closely monitored with respect to the likelihood of Ogun River flooding as well as all other river basins in the State.
    The Commissioner explained that it is expected that the high amounts of rainfall and other contributory factors may lead to flooding events in some parts of the State while leading to a  rise in Lagoon level saying that anytime there is high tidal movement, it may “lock up” the discharge points of drainage channels and until it recedes, there will be no discharge.
    He said such occurrences can cause backflow resulting to flooding and as soon as the Lagoon recedes, all the generated storm water will immediately be discharged and the roads will be free stressing that it  is only when storm water remains on the roads for hours that there should be reports of fooding.
    He stressed that the government had put all emergency response organizations, traffic management organizations, and other emergency-related organizations on high alert to help lessen the detrimental effects of thunderstorms and associated rains in the State.
    He maintained that  government will ramp up  sensitization for residents along flood plains of major rivers  such as Owode, Iwaya, Makoko, Badia, Ijora, Isaalu, Pota, Shibiri  to  be alert and ready to relocate to higher grounds when the need arises adding that  Drainage Engineers are available in all  57 LGA and LCDA to attend to  drainage related matters during and after the rainy season.
    The Special Adviser on Environment Mr Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu appealed to residents to support the efforts of the government by regularly cleaning of drains in their frontages to ensure free flow of storm water as well as desist from dumping of refuse into drainage channels.
    He added that residents should refrain from the acts that could lead to flooding such as indiscriminate dumping of construction materials, erecting building structures within and around drainage Right of Ways and setbacks.
    He also advised residents to report cases of drainage blockages, dumping of waste into canals and other unauthorized places to the Residents Engineers and zero tolerance offices statewide and motorists to  observe prescribed speed limits on the roads to avoid loss of lives and property during rainy season.
     “Environment maintenance is not rocket science, when we shoot the equilibrium, it will shoot back to us. So it is to our detriment when we maltreat nature. Residents should always do more in environment maintenance and support.
    The briefing was attended by the Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engineer Olakunle Adegbite and his counterpart in the Office of Environmental Services, GAJI Omobolaji TAJUDEEN and other directors.
    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director(Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    March 26, 2024
  • LAGOS UNVEILS WATER SANITATION AND HYGIENE (WASH) POLICY AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

    ……….As Gov joins celebration of 2024 World Water Day
    The Lagos State Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu  on Thursday unveiled the Lagos State Water, Sanitation and Hygiene policy to effectively harness, promote national and international focus on Water and Sanitation sector to ensure rapid expansion of access to water infrastructure in the State.
    Speaking during the unveiling ceremony which was part of activities to commemorate the 2024 World Water Day held at Marriott Hotel GRA Ikeja the Governor said Water is  essential for life and is also a powerful force for fostering peace and cooperation among communities  and individuals.
    The Governor represented by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab said the theme for the 2024 World Water Day “Water for Peace” underscores the critical role that water plays in building bridges between people.
    This is achievable by fostering cooperation and dialogue on water-related issues that transcend boundaries  thereby promoting understanding, trust, and mutual respect.

    PIX: 0914,0905: L-R; Permanent Secretary, Office of Urban Development and EGIS, Engr.Olalekan Shodeinde, his Counterpart in Office of Public Service Office (PSO) Mrs, Sunkanmi Oyegbola; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Lagos Urban Water Sanitation and Hygiene (LUWASH) Chief of Party, Mr. James Racicot; Representative of Hon. Minister of Water Resources and Environment and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Environment, Alh Shehu Aliyu Shinkafi; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu and Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite, unveiling the year 2023 WASH Policy and implementation plan, during the year 2024 World Water Day Celebration, organised by the Lagos State Government and Lagos Urban Water Sanitation and Hygiene (LUWASH) held on 21st of March, 2024 at the Marriott Hotel, Ikeja GRA Lagos.

    “In our pursuit of water security and sustainability, it is imperative that we embrace the principles of inclusivity and equity; we must ensure that all individuals, regardless of their background or circumstances, have access to clean water” he stated.
    The Governor said the launch of the  Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Policy of Lagos State will serve as a guiding framework in the journey towards ensuring universal access to clean water and sanitation.
    He added that the policy outlines a holistic approach to water management, encompassing strategies for conservation, pollution prevention, and equitable distribution.
     He said the implementation of the WASH Policy, will reaffirm government’s commitment to leaving no one behind in the  quest for water security and peace through improving water infrastructure, enhancing sanitation services, and empowering communities to take ownership of their water resources.
    He added that the ongoing activities of the Lagos Urban WASH program, supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) exemplifies the dedication of this administration to promoting water security and sustainability in urban areas through innovative interventions and partnerships.
    He applauded the Lagos Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (LUWASH) for currently supporting the Water Sector MDAs in various activities like the rehabilitation of five (5) Micro/Mini Water works for Lagos Water Corporation(LWC).
    He listed others to include Capacity Building for Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LASWARCO) and supporting the development of a business case for Lagos State Wastewater Management Office (LSWMO).
    “As we mark the year 2024 World Water Day, Let us pledge to work together, across borders and sectors, to ensure that water remains a source of unity rather than division;
    “Together, we can create a world where every drop of water contributes to the greater good, forging a path towards  peaceful and prosperous future for the residents” he said.

    PIX: 0914,0905: L-R; Permanent Secretary, Office of Urban Development and EGIS, Engr.Olalekan Shodeinde, his Counterpart in Office of Public Service Office (PSO) Mrs, Sunkanmi Oyegbola; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Lagos Urban Water Sanitation and Hygiene (LUWASH) Chief of Party, Mr. James Racicot; Representative of Hon. Minister of Water Resources and Environment and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Environment, Alh Shehu Aliyu Shinkafi; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu and Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite, unveiling the year 2023 WASH Policy and implementation plan, during the year 2024 World Water Day Celebration, organised by the Lagos State Government and Lagos Urban Water Sanitation and Hygiene (LUWASH) held on 21st of March, 2024 at the Marriott Hotel, Ikeja GRA Lagos.

    Also at the event the Special Adviser on Environment Mr Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu said the equitable and sustainable management of water resources has the potential to address many of the root causes of social and economic inequalities.
    HE added that through investment in water infrastructure and technology, a condition for peace to flourish will be created.
    He urged participants at the event to give a commitment to building a future where water is not seen as a source of division but as a symbol of unity peace and shared prosperity.
    In his remarks, the Minister of Water Resources and Environment Prof Joseph Utsev represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Alh. Shehu Shinkafi said Water is a fundamental human right that sustains life, nourishes communities and forms foundation of our society saying that despite its abundance, access to clean water remains a luxury for many people.
    He said the provision of good water has been confronted with unprecedented challenges ranging from escalating impacts of climate change to the growing demands of an expanding population.
    He added that in all these, everyone must recognise the potential of water as a catalyst for cooperation, collaboration and peace building.
    Present at the 2024 World Water Day were Top Government Officials, Academia, Experts from Civil Society Organizations.
    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR
    March 21, 2024
  • LASG COMMENCES REMOVAL OF SHANTIES ON LAGOS COASTAL ROAD, MAIYEGUN, JAKANDE

    Says no Going back on regeneration plans
     
    Lagos State Government on Monday commenced the removal of all illegal shanties/Structures that litter the Lagos Coastal road at Maiyegun Estate by Jakande in Lekki area of the State,  reiterating its commitment to urban regeneration in the state.
     
    The commitment was given by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab when he visited the scene of the enforcement alongside state officials.
    He informed that several sites have been identified in the state and needs to be recovered for proper regeneration as these sites are gradually being converted to environmental slums within the city.
     
    He said the regeneration of the state will be done in  accordance to the Lagos State  Development plan hence  the reason why the demolition of shanties are on going  simultaneously in other parts of the state such as ijora under bridge, Obalende under bridge as well as Orile all in Lagos state. 

    Following the expiration of several statutory relocation notices and commencement of enforcement action by the Special Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences and other agencies on Monday, squatters moving out their belongings from the Lagos Coastal road in Mayegun, Lekki area of Lagos on Monday 11th of March, 2024.

    The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources. Engr. Mahamood Adegbite added that it is expedient that residents must respect town planning laws and abide with its provisions.
     
    “Anyone trying to alter the original urban development plan of the state will not be allowed; people cannot be  allowed to do whatever they like whenever or wherever they like. Lagos must not become a jungle” he said.
    He maintained that government remains resolute in the drive towards environmental regeneration adding that the ongoing demolition exercises across the state will send a strong message that all government spaces will be governed and manned.

    Following the expiration of several statutory relocation notices and commencement of enforcement action by the Special Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences and other agencies on Monday, squatters moving out their belongings from the Lagos Coastal road in Mayegun, Lekki area of Lagos on Monday 11th of March, 2024.

    He mentioned that before the commencement of the enforcement exercise, the State government carried out an inventory  of buildings possessing legal documents and these buildings have been numerically identified and  will not be pulled down.
     
    He said the government has been sensitizing the occupants of illegal shanties and squatters close to the Regional Road alignment to vacate the area since the year 2022 stressing that some of the buildings were  dilapidated and this  informed their demolition.
     
    He explained that most of the squatters were found not to be captured in the Lagos State Resident Registration Agency (LASRRA) database and it is worrisome for any government to not be able to account for the residents and be able to provide social amenities for them.
     
    Wahab emphasized that the  indiscriminate springing up of shanties and illegal structures serve as hideout for criminals as well as destitutes who roam about the streets in daytime and perpetrate crimes at dusk.
     
    He recalled that the state Government recently issued a four day relocation notice to all squatters occupying illegal shanties around the  Lagos coastal  road in Mayegun, Lekki adding that the allegation by squatters of not been issued relocation notice was baseless and untrue.
    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR
    March 11, 2024
  • LASG TO COMMENCE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF DRAINAGE RIGHT OF WAY ENFORCEMENT IN APAPA ON MONDAY

    The Lagos state Government over the weekend announced Monday as the commencement date for enforcement operations in Apapa to re-establish the three metres drainage Right of Way for all its drainage channels.
    Speaking with newsmen after an inspection tour to check the level of compliance, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab  said the enforcement activities is coming after the expiration of notices and convening of stakeholders meetings with the property owners to voluntarily move their fences that fall within the drainage setback earlier in the year.
    He said the Ministry had served contravention notices to the buildings on the Drainge setbacks adding that for several years, the ministry has not  been able to access  the eight major collectors for maintanence purpose due to encroachment which is a major contributor to flooding issues being experienced in the Apapa.

    Director Drainage Construction, Engr. Dapo Ajadi; Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services,Engr. Mahamood Adegbite; Director, Drainage Maintenance/ Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) Engr. Sumbo Jolaosho and Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, during an inspection to Ademola Road, off Awolowo way, Ikoyi, Lagos State, on the 10th of March, 2024.

    He said the state Government was determined to finding a lasting  solution to the flooding issues in Apapa while directing that enforcement officers to ensure that  all contravening properties are removed from the drainage Right of way in accordance  with the three metres required by law assuring that the State will not cherrypick properties during the enforcement process.
    “We want to check  the state of collectors in Apapa in order to evacuate and treat the Collectors; the whole of the Collectors in this area  are blocked and the right of way taken over by individuals who moved their fences in order to aquire extra land thereby denying us access to the drains” he said.
    The Commissioner in company of the Special Adviser on Environment, Mr kunle Rotimi-Akodu; Permanent Secretary , Office of Drainage Services, Engr Mahamood  Adegbite; General Manager, LASEPA, Dr. Tunde Ajayi; Managing Director, LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegeshin and some Directors visited  Pele Wura Collector drain,Abayomi Collector drain, Aerodrome Collector drain, all in the Apapa area of the State.
    The Commissioner also inspected Rock Drive in Lekki I following a major complaint that some individuals  engaged in conversion of a purely residential area into a diesel depot directing immediate enforcement saying that the illegal depot poses the risk of a major fire outbreak in the area.

    Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab and Special Adviser on Environment, Mr Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu as well as some Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources top officials, during an inspection tour of Drainage alignments on the 10th of March, 2024 at Awolowo Way, Ikoyi, Lagos State.

    He directed the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to seal up the property while the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) officials demolished and arrested individuals found at the illegal shanties built around the depot  and therafter tow away the diesel trucks and vehicles stationed at the illegal depot.
    He also visited Aunty Ayo Collector drain in Ikoyi where he expressed satisfaction with the ongoing cleaning of the drainage channels sounding  a note of warning to residents who usually engage in the unwholesome acts of indiscriminate refuse dumping  to desist from such act even as rainy season is here.
    “Let us compliment Governments effort in ensuring that lagos is a flood free state by being decent in our waste disposal behaviour” he said.
    He hinted that following the expiration of relocation notices issued  to all squatters occupying illegal shanties around the  Lagos coastal  road in Mayegun, Lekki area of  Lagos, enforcement will commence fully next week.

    Director Drainage Construction, Engr. Dapo Ajadi; Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services,Engr. Mahamood Adegbite; Director, Drainage Maintenance/ Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) Engr. Sumbo Jolaosho and Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, during an inspection to Ademola Road, off Awolowo way, Ikoyi, Lagos State, on the 10th of March, 2024.

    The Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu said  Government is determined to find a realistic solution to the flooding  issue across the state by embarking on all year round drainage cleaning measures to control flooding.
    He added that it is necessary for residents to also clean the tertiary drains that run across residences regularly while the Ministry has been consistently de-silting and working on various linkages to the secondary and primary channels to enable them discharge efficiently.
    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE&WR
    March 10, 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. 

    PIX: 9938/ 9939 Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Director Sanitation Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth and Deputy Director, Environmental Health, Sanitarian, Akeem Olaewe, during a meeting with all Heads of Department of Environmental Health Offices in all the 30 Local Government Areas and 27 LCDAs in Lagos State, on Thursday, 7th of March, 2024 at Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Conference room, the Secretariat, Alausa,Ikeja.

    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.

    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. 

    PIX: 9966: L-R; Executive Secretary, Lateef Jakande Leadership Academy, Mrs. Ayisat Agbaje-Okunade; Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources; Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Special Adviser on Environment, and Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu during a courtesy visit by the fellows of the Lateef Jakande Leadership Academy, to Lagos State Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources, on 7th of March, 2024, at the Ministry’s Conference room, block 16, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.

     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
  • WE WILL RAMP UP ENFORCEMENT ON BAN OF STYROFOAM FOOD PACKS -LASG

    .As Environment Commissioner holds meeting with REFSPAN.    

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday stated that  government will ramp up enforcement on the ban of usage and distribution of  all forms of Styrofoam food packs and trays across the state.

    The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab stressed this during a meeting with the Restaurant and Food Services Proprietor Association of Nigeria(REFSPAN) in Alausa saying that there is no going back on the total ban of usage and distribution of all forms of Styrofoam food containers and trays while Single Use Plastics would be phased out gradually.

    He said that the Ministry is set to increase the number of enforcement officers  to effectively ramp up the enforcement while reiterating that they will go after all those that have the styrofoams food containers / trays in stock and confiscate them.

    Wahab said  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 lives of the residents remains far more important than the economic value the association was attaching to the continuous use of Styrofoam takeaway packs and trays.

    “Delhi is renowned for its vibrant and diverse street food chain,  it is the capital of street food and Styrofoam takeaway packs are not allowed there; So no going back on the total ban on usage and distribution of  Styrofoam food containers and trays in the State bearing in mind that this particular product is hazardous to health” he said.

    The Honourable Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite and other Directors of the Ministry in a meeting with the Executives of the Restaurant and Food Services Proprietor Association of Nigeria (REFSPAN) over the ban on the usage and distribution of Styrofoam in the State.

    He explained that the State Government can no longer continue to watch the Styrofoam food packs clogging the drainage channels stressing that it is irresponsible for government to sit and fold its hands because the cost of clearing those packs from tertiary, secondary and primary drainages continously is extremely expensive.

    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 they should embrace the ban and the need to transit from Styrofoam to multiple use containers.

    The commissioner appealed to the association to collaborate with government’s effort to save the  environment from the menance of Styrofoam by generating substitutes for Styrofoam takeaway packs and trays for their businesses and propagate the message across to all their members and customers.

    He added that all other Single Use Plastics (SUPs)  would be banned before the year runs out but there would be windows for deliberations with all stakeholders before they are phased out saying that the representatives should endeavour that the information is adequately communicated to all their members.

    In his response, a member of Restaurant and Food Services Proprietor Association of Nigeria (REFSPAN) and Group Managing Director of SPAR Supermarket, Mr. Haresh Keswani said it became important for the Association to meet with the Commissioner for clarification on the ban adding that the Association would continue to support the government to protect the environment from all forms of environmental infractions.

     Signed 

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director Public Affairs (MOE&WR)

    February 28, 2024

  • GHANA COY SIGN MOU ON SOLID AND LIQUID WASTE TREATMENT

    ….To establish Material Recovery Facility to reduce downstream pressure

    The Lagos State Government and a Ghana Waste Management company JONSPONG on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to treat solid and liquid in the state.

    The MOU which was initialled by the Commissioner Environment and Water Resourves Tokunbo Wahab and Executive Chairman JOSPONG Group, Dr Joseph Agyepong will amongst other things establish a Material Recovery Facility to reduce downstream pressure (waste disposal volume) at landfills.

    The MOU will also involve putting in place a Compact /Mobile Transfer loading stations to replace current stationary plants and reduce waste at pressure points such as  markets.

    Speaking at the event, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab noted that the signing of the MOU is a major milestone in the journey towards transforming the landscape of waste management in Lagos State.

    He said the challenges of solid and liquid waste management in a rapidly growing megacity like lagos  with its vibrant population, bustling markets, and dynamic industries, generates substantial amounts of waste that requires innovative, sustainable management solutions.

    He said it is the responsibility of Government, as a steward of the city’s future, to address these challenges head-on.

    Wahab said the partnership with the Jospong Group, a leader in environmental and waste management services in Africa, represents a great leap in government’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Lagosians through effective waste management.

    “As we gather to sign this Memorandum of Understanding between the Lagos State Government and the Jospong Group of Ghana; we are not just signing a document; we are inaugurating a partnership that embodies our shared vision for a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable Lagos” he said.

    The Commissioner said the 2 bodies will develop integrated solid and liquid waste management facilities that will not only meet the current needs of the city but also anticipate the demands of the growing population.

    He mentioned that the collaboration will focus on the pillars of technology, advocacy, enforcement, and the promotion of circular economy innovations such as recycling, composting, reuse, and waste-to-energy projects saying these efforts are crucial to reducing the environmental footprint of waste, creating jobs, and fostering sustainable development in Lagos.

    He restated that the  journey to effective and efficient waste management in the State requires dedication, innovation, and collaboration adding that when managed wisely it will contribute to the economic and environmental health of the city.

    Earlier in his remarks, Executive Chairman, Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong said the problem of environmental Sanitation is not a matter of convenience but  a cornerstone of public health as stipulated by the Sustainable Development Goal No. 6 of Clean Water & Sanitation.

    He added that regrettably, millions of the citizens continue to suffer due to inadequate access to infrastructure, proper sanitation facilities, and water treatment facilities.

    He said according to a report by the Lagos State Waste Management Agency,(LAWMA) the State produces approximately 13,000 tons of waste per day and the focus mainly by Jospong is on downstream Waste Management  and not Waste collection.

    He assured upstream operators ie. waste collectors that plans are in place to support them with equipment to make their work much more effective and efficient.

    He promised to provide 2000 Tricycles to support Association of Waste Managers in Lagos on waste collection.

    He added that the collaboration will be done with the Lagos State Government, through its parastatals Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and Lagos State Wastewater Management Office (LSWMO) with the aim to see an overall improvement in waste management in Lagos State.

    Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Tajudeen Omobolaji Gaji, noted that Lagos as the commercial nerve center of Nigeria experiences influx of migrants with consequences like over-population, increasing environmental pollution, waste problem amongst others which have become matters of serious concern to this Administration.

    “With the Memorandum of Understanding we are signing today, I believe it is a new dawn for the City of Lagos and in no time we will have issues related to solid waste management becoming a history. I very much look forward to seeing fruits of our collaboration, for a clean and healthier Lagos” he said

    Also present at the event were Lagos State Commissioners for Justice and Attorney General, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN), Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Abayomi Oluyomi as well as Chairman House Committee on Environment, Hon Taiwo Afinnih and Chairman Committee on Environment Parastatal, Hon Rasheed Shabi and Special Adviser on Taxation and Revenue, Mr.Abdulkabir Ogungbo and several other stakeholders from Ghana and the financial sector.

    Signed 

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director Public Affairs (MOE&WR)

    February 26, 2024

  • LASG COMMENCES FULL ENFORCEMENT OF BAN ON STYROFOAM MONDAY-ENV COMM

    …..urges all market leaders to ensure that Styrofoam is not distributed or sold in markets

      ….As Tokunbo Wahab holds meeting on solid waste management with all market leaders. 

    The Lagos State Government on Friday announced the commencement of full enforcement of the ban on usage and distribution of Styrofoam food containers all over the state.

    Making the disclosure during a meeting with all market leaders in the state at the BlueRoof Alausa, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab said the enforcement will start across all markets on Monday.

    He added that enforcement officers from LAGESC/KAI, Environmental Health Officials and LAWMA Police and the Ministry will go after all those having the styrofoams in their shops, stores or outlets and confiscate them.

    Wahab emphasized that styrofoam usage had caused enough damage to the health of the residents and the state of the environment for so many years and that government is determined  to encourage viable option for Styrofoam containers across the metropolis.

    He appealed  to market leaders to be reminded that cleaniness is next to Godliness and as such they must ensure that a clean environment remains a priority always.

    He added that the government is disturbed about the unsanitary habits in most of the markets across the state hence leading to the recent closure of some markets across the state.

    PIX 9169/9169: Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab ( right) addressing Market Leaders in Lagos State, at a stakeholders engagement on solid waste management and Cleanliness of markets in Lagos State, held on the16th, of February, 2024, at Lagos State Television (LTV) Blue Roof, Agidingbingbi, Ikeja, Lagos State.

    He explained that  government derives no pleasure in closing peoples’ businesses, emphasizing that some markets were in a sorry state because of the non challant attitude of the markets executives.

    He also mentioned  that there were recent reports that government officials were attacked whenever they visited markets to ascertain the sanitary levels and enforce environmental laws in the market.

    “I will like to appeal to all our traders to desist from selling on the railway lines and all the roads. Also,we must stop littering our market  with wastes.  We must  segregate our wastes in our respective markets; bag our wastes and ensure we patronize PSP operators”.

    He stressed that in a few weeks time, the state government would commission the Red Rail line that is expected to operate from dusk till dawn adding that trading activities on the railway lines is very risky and could lead to loss of lives .

    Earlier in his remarks, the Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu charged  market leaders with the responsibility of ensuring cleanliness in their respective market places stressing, that selling on the roads should be discouraged by all.

    He added that it had been observed that some illegal markets now appoint splinter leaders, leader for the main market and  another for roadside  traders saying this illegal acts must be discouraged as it is against the environmental laws of the state.

    He called on markets leaders to ensure that they have functional public toilets in their markets to curb menace of open defecation that can pollute the environment as well as desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the markets.

    Also in his welcome address, the Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegeshin noted that the meeting became necessary to outline the position of government on effective waste management in all markets, in line with the THEMES plus Agenda of the present administration.

    He recalled that last year, the government embarked on zero tolerance for filth and indiscriminate waste disposal in markets, road medians, business facilities and unauthorised locations around the state, saying that the objective is to make Lagos a clean and healthy city, livable for all.

    “I must note again, that all government’s effort in the area of effective waste management, is to build a people-friendly environment, that guarantees happiness and good health for all residents” he said.

    In her response, the Iyaloja General, Mrs. Folasade Tinubu-Ojo represented by the Iya-oja, Lagos Island, Mrs. Risikat Abeje Lasisi said that they will ensure that market sanitation continues as a daily task that all market leaders will adopt.

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

    Signed 

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director Public Affairs (MOE&WR)

    February 17, 2024