• LASG CALLS FOR FULL CITIZENS PARTICIPATION FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT

    PRESS RELEASE

    LASG CALLS FOR FULL CITIZENS PARTICIPATION FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT

    ……As 2021 Sanitation competition amongst Local Councils came to a climax

    Lagos State Government on Friday sought full participation of citizens in its efforts to achieve a cleaner environment as the 2021 Sanitation competition for the cleanest local Council area came to a climax with award of prices.

    Speaking at the State Auditorium, Alausa venue, during the presentation of prizes such as mini vans to the cleanest Local Council in the metropolitan, urban and sub urban categories, the First Lady, Dr Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said the task cannot be left to only the government.

    Represented by Mrs Oyindamola Ogunsanwo, she reiterated that the failure of service delivery to people and communities, and lack of sustainable outcomes are direct results of the non participatIon of the people.

    She recalled that since the inception of the present administration, the State had resolved to rescue the environment from all forms of abuse and declared zero tolerance on environmental nuisances.

    She stated that the event was put together to encourage community participation and foster a good relationship between the two tiers of government – State and Local Govwrnment in terms of Environmental Sanitation and Community Cleanliness.

    She added that the unsanitary conditions of some communities within the State are of great concern and require a great sanitary awakening adding that the essence of the exercise is to assess the state of environmental sanitation across the communities with respect to waste management, streets cleaning, tertiary drainage maintenance, and community beautification.

    “When sanitation conditions are poor, diseases and other health-related problems will be prevalent; It has been established by experts that the state of health of a particular location can be linked with the state of the environment of the said location. They are intertwined” She said.

    She added that following the cancellation of the monthly environmental sanitation in 2016, there has been no opportunity to tour all Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in the State aside the market sanitation initiative of the Office of the Lagos State First lady being coordinated by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) and other important MDAs.

    “To close this gap, we have deemed it fit to organize an annual sanitation competition amongst all LGAs/LCDAs to assess the sanitation status of the entire State and reward the LGAs/LCDAs that are outstanding in areas of environmental management” she said.

    Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello stated that in a rapidly urbanizing society like Lagos, sustainable solid waste management practices remains a key challenge adding that poor waste management causes air pollution, water pollution, as well as marine litters and all these contribute to climate change.

    Bello said the interventions carried out by the State since 2003 in terms of waste management are targeted towards building required capacities and make it business friendly for all investments.

    He said that it sad that Local Government authorities have abdicated their constitutional responsibilities on solid waste management which is one their basic functions.

    The Commissioner stressed that all LGAs/LCDAs must have a change of orientation and be alive to their constitutional responsibilities by working towards acquiring the needed capacities

    He emphasized that it was based on the aforementioned that the Ministry with approval of Mr Governor resuscitated the annual environmental sanitation competition among LGA and LCDAs to raise peoples’ consciousness on the need to prioritize sanitation and be a vehicle of change for the larger society,

    Bello said the criteria employed in the course of the assessments includes Solid waste management practice across the communities, roads / street cleanliness, open defecation and urination, markets’ sanitation status, sanitation status of Motor parks and garages, Primary Health Centres, Local Government Secretariats and general aesthetics of the LGAs/LCDAs as a whole.

    “While several strategies may be available for managing these challenges, monitoring and interventions at the level of the LGs/LCDAs would go a long way to achieve a cleaner and healthier environment. It would not only contribute to improved sanitation for communities but also improved socio-economic development” he stressed.

    He stated that the LGAs/LCDAs Award were categorized into Metropolitan, Urban and Sub-Urban, for ease of assessment while awards were given to the cleanest Market, Motor Park, Primary Health Centre and MDAs in the old and new Secretariats of the State.

    The Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Belinda Odeneye who also spoke said the year 2021 Sanitation Competition Awards Ceremony is a testimony that must be a continuous event for generations to come.

    She said It has been the motivating pillar of environmental sanitation cleanliness in our local Government Areas/Local Council Development Areas

    In a goodwill message, the Chairman of Igbogbo Baiyeku LCDA, Hon Sesan Daini, appreciated the gesture behind the awards, saying it would witness a more robust participation next year.

    Also speaking, the Managing director of LAWMA Ibrahim Odumboni said his agency was involved in the grading process of the competition and he can testify that the result is very fair.

    Winners emerged in different categories with Surulere LGA, Epe LGA and Oriade LCDA won the cleanest Local Governments and LCDA in the Metropolitan, Urban and Sub-Urban categories respectively.

    The three Councils won a plaque and a branded Suzuki mini bus each .

    Prizes were also give to the cleanest market, cleanest Motor park, cleanest local council headquarters and the cleanest Primary Health care centre.

     

     

  • WE WILL CONTINUE TO REWARD HARDWORK, DILIGENCE-LASG

    LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
    MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES
    BLOCK 16
    The Secretariat, Ikeja

    PRESS RELEASE

    WE WILL CONTINUE TO REWARD HARDWORK, DILIGENCE-LASG

    As Environment Ministry celebrates, rewards EFAG operatives across Local Governments

    The Lagos State Government Thursday restated that it would continue to reward hardwork and diligence as it honoured operatives of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) who have distinguished themselves with cash awards.

    Speaking at the event which also doubled as the end of year event for the staff at the Ministry of the Environment Quadrangle at Alausa, Commissioner for the Environment Tunji Bello said the event was about encouraging the operatives to strive to do more.

    He said the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) has been responsible for cleaning several secondary and primary drains as well as black spots through out the year in all the 57 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas in the state

    He added that they function as the quick response arm of the State Government which helps in freeing several clogged up drains from waste and silts promptly.

    In his words:  “Without your immense contributions to deflooding our drains and cleaning the environment,  we would not have achieved the level of success we have recorded especially in deflooding and this is reason why the State Government would continually support your efforts”.

    He mentioned that EFAG remains the pride of the environment ministry adding that their impact is being felt and appreciated by Lagosians all over.

    The Commissioner also mentioned that the State Government was working on an improved welfare package for the EFAG team saying that other incentives will be added to their welfare in due course.

    Earlier in his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe commended the EFAG team for giving their best in efforts to make Lagos flood free.

    He stated that the Sanwo olu Administration is determined to prevent loss of lives and properties occasioned by flooding and that was what brought about the continuous support from government.

    Igbokwe charged the EFAG team to always wear the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided for them as these PPE will protect them while on duty and prevent them from contracting any disease.

    He noted that cleaning of canals, manholes and Secondary channels in all the 20 LGs and 37 LCDAs across the State aids water to flow naturally, stressing that government will not relent in performing its responsibilities of ensuring a flood free and clean environment.

    “The State government would continue to support you, we would continue to raise the bars and defend you. I will like to appeal to you to continue the good work and this is a push for you to do more” Igbokwe said.

    He charged residents to help compliment the efforts of EFAG and start policing the canals and channels in their areas and also desist from the arbitrary dumping of refuse into canals in order to continuously sustain a flood-free Lagos.

    Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr.Olalekan Shodeinde described the activities of EFAG team as a great intervention saying the achievement of the Office of Drainage and Water Resources will be incomplete without mentioning the EFAG team.

    “The EFAG Gang has carried out routine maintenance, cleaning and emergency deflooding interventions on both primary and Secondary Drains all over the State in the last two years” he disclosed.

    The Permanent Secretary also admonished the EFAG men to be ambassadors of the Ministry in their respective neighbourhood and preach the gospel of a clean environment saying they are the first contact with the people at the grassroots.

    The highlights of the event was the presentation of cash awards for the four quarters of 2021 to operatives who distinguished themselves on a local government by local government basis.

     

    Signed

    KUNLE ADESHINA

    DIRECTOR

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR

    23 DECEMBER, 2021.

     

     

     

     

     

  • YULETIDE: LASG CHARGES RESIDENTS NOT TO ERODE CLEANER LAGOS GAINS WITH UNSANITARY HABITS

    LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

    MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

    BLOCK 16

    The Secretariat, Ikeja

    PRESS RELEASE

    YULETIDE: LASG CHARGES RESIDENTS NOT TO ERODE CLEANER LAGOS GAINS WITH UNSANITARY HABITS

     

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday charged all residents not to erode the gains already made on the state of the environment with unsanitary acts during the yuletide.

    In a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, he called for utmost cleanliness of the environment and proper waste disposal during the holidays.

    Tunji Bello said with the increasing cases of the fourth wave of Covid-19 virus Omicron still a potent threat, there is a need for restraint and observance of all safety protocol at this period alongside cleaniness.

     

    He noted that as expected, a lot of waste would be generated during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, calling for proper disposal of animal waste as well as sorting and bagging of such refuse while placing them at designated points for pick up by the assigned PSP operators.

    He assured residents that the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is upbeat to respond adequately and promptly by evacuating wastes that may be generated during the period adding that residents should desist from patronizing cart pushers.

    He reminded residents to avail themselves of the use of the Citi Monitor App created by the Environment Ministry to report any environmental infraction noticed around their areas.

    “I want to appeal to all residents to report cases of any black spots/illegal dump sites promptly and this can be done through the CITI MONITOR APP which is available on Google Play Store and Apple store to report any environmental infraction” he said.

    He explained that the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu is at the fore front of the campaign for a healthy people, a cleaner and flood free environment, urging residents to reciprocate the gesture

     

    He stated that residents should avoid the storage of petrol and other inflammable materials at homes, offices, shops and markets as their storage could aid fire outbreak particularly when virtually all objects in the environment are dry and combustible during this period.

    He used the occasion to wish all residents an environmentally blessed Christmas and a very prosperous New Year and reiterated that continuous demonstration of good sanitation and hygiene practices by all across the State can help contain the spread of COVID -19.

     

    SIGNED
    KUNLE ADESHINA
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
    PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR
    22 DECEMBER, 2021.

  • SANWO-OLU TO ADVERTISERS: JOIN CAMPAIGN ON DIVERSIFICATION FROM MONO-ECONOMY TO AGRICULTURE

    LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

    MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

    BLOCK 16

    The Secretariat, Ikeja

     

    PRESS RELEASE

     

    SANWO-OLU TO ADVERTISERS: JOIN CAMPAIGN ON DIVERSIFICATION FROM MONO-ECONOMY TO AGRICULTURE

     

     

     

    Lagos State Government on Sunday urged advertisers and marketers to join the campaign on diversification from a mono-economic culture to embrace the opportunities available in the abundance of agriculture potentials in the country.

     

    This was made known by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the 10th ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence West Africa held at the Shell Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

     

    The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for the Environment and water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello noted that agriculture and Natural resources served as economic mainstay before the discovery of crude oil in commercial quantities that changed the narrative of the national economic vision and focus.

     

    He added that It is also the duty of the advertisers and marketers to promote the image of Nigeria with the potentials available in the diversity in order to encourage foreign and direct investments which will impact positively on the growth of the economy.

     

    He noted that the essence of nation building is to maintain a strategic advantage in the comity of nations with a view of promoting economic growth.

     

     

    He said since the inception of ADVAN Awards a decade ago, it has provided a credible platform to promote professionalism, brand awareness, loyalty and consumer retention in a competitive market.

     

    He added that the efforts of ADVAN, as the major trade association representing the interests of advertisers and marketers in Nigeria, has not gone unnoticed at the global stage.

     

    He said the nomination of ADVAN to the Executive Council of the World Federation of Advertisers is commendable stressing that it equally connotes that the association needs to upscale their activities and ensure that quality control becomes a byword in the industry.

     

    He stated that there are positive and negative perceptions about any country and its people which is formed by the experience of the observer or respondent. .

     

    Sanwo-Olu said everyone must work together to project a positive global perception of the country in place of the negative narrative that is being promoted with ignominy.

     

    He stressed that every citizen represents brand ambassadors of Nigeria, therefore whatever they say or project into public consciousness carries a lot of weight, especially in the international fora and the unregulated social media.

     

    “Let us leverage on the gains recorded by our dynamic entertainment sector which has firmly placed its foot on the global stage, especially with the global focus on Nigeria when one of our own Burna Boy was nominated and eventually won the Grammy Award as a musical artiste” he said.

     

    According to him, I celebrate all the nominees for the privilege availed them in a pool of incredibly talented personnel and organisations in an era that is rapidly being transformed by artificial intelligence and technology.

     

    He said the nomination of the awardees is reflective of their contributions to the growth of the advertising and marketing sector for the growth of their economy.

     

     

    He added that the award nominations should motivate everyone to raise the bar of performance in the industry among their peers and younger professionals in the industry.

     

     

    He added that he sees branding from the context of a national entity where the sum total of creativity, design and narratives identifies or differentiates one country from the other.

     

     

     

     

    Signed

     

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE &WR

    November 22, 2021

  • LASG CALLS FOR CONTINOUS HEALTHY SANITATION PRACTICES.

    LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
    MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES
    BLOCK 16
    The Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

    PRESS RELEASE

    LASG CALLS FOR CONTINOUS HEALTHY SANITATION PRACTICES.

    …….Constructs 345 toilets, registered 615 private toilet operators

    The Lagos State Government on Friday called on residents to promote healthy sanitation practices as the State continues to implement initiatives on improvements and increase the stock of available toilets.

    Addressing participants at the 2021 World Toilet Day celebration in Alausa, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, maintained that Lagos State is setting the pace for others to emulate, saying that State has constructed 345 public toilets in strategic locations across the State, while 615 private owned toilets operators have also been registered saying these were the result of a resilient strategy developed as a documented commitment to improve the quality of life of Lagos residents.

    “The initiative mentioned above provides for design and construction of pubic toilets in vulnerable communities of each Local Government and Local Council Development Areas whilst also creating an enabling environment for private sector participation under a fee-paying management system” he emphasized.

    The Commissioner represented by the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe added that the celebration brings to the front burner, issues to draw attention and seek for inclusive response in tackling sanitation challenges and the menace of open defecation in the country.

    Highlighting the theme for this year: “Valuing Toilet” the Commissioner said all stakeholders must priotize sanitation and hygiene as these act represents the cheapest and easiest method of combating the spread of diseases and control other environmental crises.

    ” It is important to note that Nigeria presently occupies the topmost level in the ladder of open defecation and that each State of the country is expected to domesticate the Federal Government declaration toward achieving Open Defecation Free Status by 2025″ he said.

    Earlier at the event, Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Belinda Odeneye said that the State Government has taken the lead role in public awareness and education campaigns on Hand washing, Sanitation and Hygienic standards as well as tackling the menace of open defecation.

    She added that the State in collaboration with her partners has empowered a broad range of stakeholders and promote environmental friendly approach to addressing the open defecation challenge.

    The Permanent Secretary represented by Director, Ecology and Conservation, Mr. Sheriff Savage noted that the State officially flagged off the CLEAN NIGERIA: USE THE TOILET CAMPAIGN and inaugurated an ANTI OPEN DEFECATION SQUAD last year.

    She explained that this is to instill in the Citizens behavioural change towards the use of toilets and maintaining safe sanitation, saying that the campaign was launched with an action plan to domesticate the campaign in each of the 20 LG and 37 LCDAs.

    Odeneye however assured that as a responsive Government with a plan for Innovation, Inclusiveness and Efficiency, the State will not relax on its plans and strategies to promote sanitation and hygiene.

    Senior Brand Manager, Hygiene West Africa, Chioma Sylva-Ifedigbo said the theme for 2021 aimed at drawing attention to the fact that toilets, and the sanitation system that support them are underfunded, poorly managed or neglected in many parts of the world.

    Commending the leadership of the State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources for its leadership in its effort to end open defecation within the State, adding that through the Harpic Brand, Nigerians have access to hygienic toilets and the firm has been effectively communicating and educating people on the importance of toilet hygiene and sanitation, to drive behavioural change.

    Signed

    kunle Adeshina

    Director Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources

     

    20th November, 2021

  • LASG CHARGES MDAs ON INCORPORATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

    LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

    MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

    BLOCK 16

    The Secretariat, Ikeja

     

    PRESS RELEASE

     

    PRESS RELEASE

     

    LASG CHARGES MDAs ON INCORPORATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

     

    Lagos State Government on Wednesday called on all it’s Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to incorporate Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) in every project and policy before implementation.

     

    Speaking at a stakeholders engagement and sensitization for MDAs on streaming ESIA into projects planning and implementation at Alausa Ikeja, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello stated that the objective of meeting was to discuss the critical role of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) in various collective strides towards sustainable development in the State.

     

    He said ESIA is a formal process for identifying the likely impacts that may arise from a proposed activity of project on the environment, human health and social economic activities.

     

    Tunji Bello represented by the Director of Sanitation Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth said that ESIA helps in identifying the likely adverse and beneficial

    impacts of a project with the aim of putting in place measures to mitigate the adverse ones.

    He added that it is a critical environmental management tool that must be embraced by both private and public sector in order to achieve sustainable development.

    He explained that the establishment of industrial facilities, creation of new settlements, and construction of infrastructures come with huge adverse environmental impacts ranging from pollution of various environmental platforms such as Air, Land and Water to sometimes irreversible environmental degradation if not properly managed.

    He stated further that the Government cannot afford the huge cost of addressing environmental degradation and ecological challenges resulting from unwholesome project development activities stressing that the cost of doing the right thing is cheaper than the cost of correcting the consequences of refusal to do them.

    He said ESIA has become a global decision-making tool by policy makers in protecting the Environment with nations across the globe enacting laws and setting stricter standards to ensure compliance and Lagos State cannot be an exception.

    He said it is impressive that Government has continued to see improvements in the level of compliance of the Private Sector players to the process, and same must be adhered to by the Public Sector.

    “This workshop is aimed at reversing the trend by encouraging MDAs to mainstream ESIA into their developmental initiatives always.

    “ESIA has become a global decision-making tool by policy makers in protecting the Environment with nations across the globe enacting laws and setting stricter standards to ensure compliance and Lagos State cannot be an exception” he emphasized.

    He said Government therefore has adopted the application of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process in ensuring sustainable implementation of development projects in the State in line with global best practices.

    He said that the government developed the Citizens Guide on ESIA to educate members of the public and provide them with required information on ESIA process in the State.

    Earlier in her address, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Ronke Odeneye, noted that the Workshop themed “Mainstreaming Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) into developmental initiatives in Lagos State” was not only apt but also timely because it’s coming at a time when all hands were on deck to ensure sustainable development in the State.

    She added that MDAs including the Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) are the corner stones for the realization of the objective of ESIA as they implement various projects that are expected to impact on the lives of the people.

    The facilitator, Assistant Director, Environmental Assessment, Mr. Lasisi Adedoyin in his lecture titled “Mainstreaming Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) into developmental initiatives in Lagos State” advised that it has become important to incorporate it.
    greening, water project and proper drainage system in every projects being embarked upon.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR
    November 18, 2021

  • LAGOS STATE MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

    LAGOS STATE MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

    PRESS RELEASE

    LASG CALLS FOR COMPLETION OF EXPANSION OF DRAINAGE NETWORK ON LAG/ABK EXPRESS ROAD

    ….Says it will assist in deflooding the Expressway and its environs

    Following the flash flood which ravaged the Ahmadiyyah/ Ijaiye axis of the Lagos Abeokuta Expressway on Sunday, Lagos State Government on Tuesday called for the prompt completion of the ongoing expansion of the drainage culvert across the Lagos Abeokuta Express road at that section.

    According to a statement signed by Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, the ongoing road rehabilitation works being done by Julius Berger Nigeria Limited for the Federal Government involves the necessary expansion of the old culvert underneath the Expressway which is inadequate to contain storm water runoff from the catchments.

    He stated that the expansion will ensure that rain water flows freely and easily into the collector drain at the downstream of the culvert.

     

    He said this singular measure, when undertaken will take all the rain water such as the one that flooded the Expressway on Sunday into the 2.0 meters by 1.5metres Collector that eventually discharges into the Akinola River.

    The Commissioner added that the State Government also intends to increase the capacity of the existing collector at the downstream of the culvert to 5.0 metres by 1.5meters in size early next year.

    Also speaking on the progress of work on deflooding of Akowonjo road, Tunji Bello said the Contractor is about to move to the critical stage of cutting Akowonjo Road by Vulcaniser Bus Stop to link the drain on Jimoh Akinremi Street.

    He stated that when approval for traffic diversion is obtained from the Ministry of Transportation, the Contractor will complete this phase of the project by cutting the road and laying the concrete sections over the weekend working day and night to reduce the burden on the road users at the peak period during the week

    He explained that the existing drain on Jimoh Akinremi is stagnant and presently floods Akowonjo Road and must be opened up to run across Akowonjo Road into the already constructed collector which discharges into the Airport via Shasha road conduit.

    He reminded that Lagos is a coastal city that is bound to experience flash flooding, assuring that the state is ensuring that drainage channels are being cleaned and maintained on a regular basis to contain rain water.

    SIGNED

    KunleAdeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE &WR

    November 16, 2021

  • WE’RE COMMITTED TO CHAMPIONING THE CAUSE OF NATURE CONSERVATION – SANWO -OLU

    LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

    MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

    BLOCK 16

    The Secretariat, Ikeja

    PRESS RELEASE

    WE’RE COMMITTED TO CHAMPIONING THE CAUSE OF NATURE CONSERVATION – SANWO -OLU

    …….celebrates 2021 Annual Walk for Nature

    The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu on Saturday restated his commitment to championing the cause of nature conservation for promoting sustainable environmental management in the state.

    The Governor spoke during the Lagos State Government and Nigeria Conservation Foundation powered 2021 Annual Walk for Nature,  held simultaneously at Ikoyi-Obalende, Surulere and Ikeja Local Government Areas through the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe.

    He stated that the State government would continue to safeguard biodiversity through the introduction of biodiversity laws.

    He stated that the introduction of biodiversity laws would help protect and better manage wetland systems and Biodiversity generally in the State.

    He described the theme for this year’s event “CONSERVE BIODIVERSITY, SUSTAIN HUMANITY” as very apt, considering the alarming rate at which the World’s biodiversity is constantly being threatened.

    He explained that Biodiversity has to do with all varieties of life which includes their interactions with each other and the environment adding that human activities over the past few centuries have not only impacted the earth but had altered the course of nature via over-exploitation of other life forms and
    pollution.

    He said according to the United Nations Global Biodiversity Outlook Report 2020:
    “Humanity stands at a crossroads with regards to the legacy it leaves to the
    future generations. Biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate and the pressures during this decline are intensifying”.

    The Chairman Executive Council Nigerian Conservation Foundation, (NCF) Chief Ede Dafinone stated that Biodiversity is the bedrock of Human existence calling on all to live in partnership with nature.

    He urged Lagosians to show love to themselves by caring for the Environment adding that Lagos State Government and NCF will continue to propagate the message of Environmental Sustainability to the grassroot.

    Earlier in a welcome address, Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs Belinda Odeneye noted that conserving biodiversity to sustain humanity is very essential considering the fact that biodiversity is essential to human health, well-being and prosperity.

    She stated that biodiversity supports the provision of ecosystem services such as food, fresh water, fuel wood, fibre, biochemical, ecotourism which are central to economic activities.

    She said human cravings for developmental changes, plastic production and consumption, illegal trade in endangered species have caused great harm to nature and biodiversity, adding that there is need to restore these priced resources.

    She explained that the Lagos State Government through the THEMES Agenda addresses some of these issues to ensure environmental sustainability stressing that the State is developing a sector policy on wetland and biodiversity to ensure balanced development where the cause of nature is adequately mainstreamed into the development planning.

    “Furthermore, the State through its plastic recycling programme addresses the issue of Plastic Waste pollution that negatively affect aquatic wildlife and cause environmental degradation” she said.

    The walk featured participation by several groups, coperate organizations, volunteers and Environment enthusiasts.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE &WR

    October 23, 2021