• PERENNIAL FLOODING: RESIDENTS OF FOUR LGS GET REPRIEVE AS STATE STEPS UP CANAL CLEANING

    Reprieve from perennial flooding has come for residents of 4 Local Council Areas which the drainage channel 6c passes through as the state has successfully desilted the major channel which housed mountainous refuse for over 10 years.

    The affected local Governments and Development Areas that the residents are enjoying a new lease of life are Surulere and Mushin and Odi-Olowo and Itire-Ikate LCDA

    Speaking with newsmen after an inspection tour of the major primary channel in Idi araba and Surulere on Thursday, the Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Eng Lekan Shodeinde said over 2 meters high refuse was evacuated at the Akobi Crescent end and the LUTH tributary.

    Shodeinde who was represented by the Director, Drainage Maintenance, Engineer Olalekan Ajani said at the inception of the present administration, most of the major primary channels were not functional and accessible because of the high volume of refuse which covered all the drains due to neglect.

    As attested to by some of the residents in Akobi Crescent and LUTH collector and tributary, Idi Araba and Ishaga who spoke with newsmen during the inspection, flooding has become a thing of the past since the state commenced regular clearing of the system 6c in 2019.

    He said the drainage channel which is about 13 kilometres in length and about 10metres in depth is one of the most strategic, which had made the areas involved very popular in the rainy season for the wrong reasons.

    “The present administration is determined to make the state flood free by ensuring that the major water ways that belong to the Federal Government are kept clean, the primary drainages that suppose to be maintained by Local Government regularly” he said.

    The PS said findings have shown that several Drainage channels which have been cleaned in the past turned out to be back in dirty state because of the unwholesome acts of residents and as such the Ministry ensures that the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) team work through out the year across the state.

    He added that the Ministry also plans to provide canoes for it’s EFAG operatives so that they make use of make use of it to clear floatables that are always noticed on channels that have been cleared immediately it rains.

    The Perm Sec was accompanied by directors enjoined the people to support government efforts by ensuring the regular clearing of drainages in front of their houses to ensure free-flow of water.

     

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Asst. Director Public Affairs (MOE&WR)
    July 15, 2021

  • LASG ENGAGES YOUTH FOR HANDWASHING AND CLEAN LAGOS CAMPAIGN

    ………trains Lagos Health officers on WASHNORM, and applicable barriers.

     

    In compliance with the National Youth Volunteer Programme on Handwashing and Clean Nigeria Use the Toilet Campaign, the Lagos State Government on Thursday flagged off the training of Youth Volunteers on Handwashing for Covid 19 interventions in the State.

    Speaking at the training programme, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Belinda Odeneye said the youth volounteer programme would help protect and maintain health security and curtail the spread of deadly infectious and communicable diseases.

    She said the volunteer programme was in compliance with Federal Government’s “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign”, adding that participants will be chosen from the 20 Local Government across the state and will be expected to project the adoption of safe WASH practices for Covid 19 prevention.

    The Permanent Secretary who spoke through the Director, Sanitation Services, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth said the Youth Volounteer Programme is one of the interventions of Government to curb the Covid 19 pandemic and it is designed to engage youth at the grassroot while creating awareness and sensitisation on safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices.

    Odeneye said that with the earlier flag off of “CLEAN LAGOS: USE THE TOILET CAMPAIGN” efforts have been put in place to ensure that all public places including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices have accessible clean water, and toilets within their premises for public use.

    She said the volunteers at the community level will be trained on communicating and demostrating good sanitation and hygiene practice that can help contain the spread of the corona virus and curtail the practice of open defecation in the state.

    “The youth will in turn be expected to engage household, community and institutional levels to pass on the message of effective handwashing as well as accelerate efforts to end Open defecation.

    Also speaking at the flag off, the Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs Oluyemisi Akpa congratulated Lagos State on the Flag off adding that the National Youth Volunteer programme was borne out of the Clean Nigeria : Use the Toilet Campaign launched in 2019 and was aimed to mobilze high level political support , resources as well as the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation.

    Participants at the flag off ceremony include Directors of the Federal and State Ministry of Environment and Selected Environmental Sanitation Officers from various Local Government, who were trained during the flag off on effective WASH steps at critical times, faeco-oral route of decease transmission and applicable barriers.

    The officers will in turn train the youth volounteers who will ensure diffusion of the message s to the least person in the community.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    June 24, 2021

  • CLIMATE SUMMIT PARTICIPANTS RECOMMEND ESTABLISHMENT OF A CLIMATE CHANGE FOUNDATION

    Participants at the just concluded Lagos 8th International Climate Change summit have recommended the establishment of a Climate Change Foundation that will include public and private sector stakeholders to address Climate Change issues in the State.

    In a communique released over the weekend, the participants also urged the State Government to put in place appropriate framework for accessing climate finance utilizing the direct and indirect strategies for raising climate capital.

    It was also suggested that the state should establish a standing inter-ministerial technical committee on climate change with relevant NGOs and private sector to develop strategies for implementing the Climate Action Plan (CAP) of the State, sector by sector and give regular advice to the Government on it.

    The communique also stated that Lagos State should incorporate resilience to long term impacts of climate change in the design and construction of buildings and critical public infrastructure with an addition that the State should make infrastructure more climate-resilient through retrofitting and implementation of regular maintenance regimes.

    It suggested the development of a framework for the introduction of green sources of energy into its infrastructure development as well as a pursuit of an aggressive implementation of a climate-resilient Smart City initiative.

    The communique also urged the State to vigorously pursue the implementation of the State’s Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP) to address transportation challenges and reduce Green House Gas emissions emanating from the sector.

    According to the resolution: “The State Government should put in place plans of action to support farmers in adopting climate-resilient agricultural practices and also put in place mechanisms for improved collaboration with other States to attain and sustain food security for the citizens of the State”.

    It emphasized that the government should promote climate smart and eco-friendly agricultural practice and promote zero waste as well as explore the potential for bioenergy generation.

    It advised that Lagos State government should as part of her Affirmative Action implement gender based initiatives targeted at empowering women to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    It noted that the Government through Ministry of Information and Strategy and its Agencies should commence advocacy on safety issues around LPG across its value chain.

    The participants urged the State Government to improve surveillance through human, animal and environmental monitoring with a view to promoting good health and preventing disease.

    “State Government should take advantage of the human capacity available within the tertiary institutions in the State to support research and innovation to generate new evidence and/or tools for health and to validate existing knowledge” it also stated.

    It also formed part of the resolutions that the the State investment in continuous strengthening of human infrastructure and organizational capacity to address the challenges of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) should be increased and sustained.

    It added that the State Government should raise a forum to discuss the effects of rural-urban drift on the State environment and infrastructure.

    The communique also urged the State Government to review and expand the scope of her Women Empowerment Initiatives to reach more women particularly those in rural communities.

    The international climate change summit is an annual event by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources to address climate change Issues that that has just been resuscitated after a five year lull.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    June 13, 2021

  • SANWO-OLU UNVEILS CLIMATE ACTION PLAN (CAP) TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES

    As Governor flags off Lagos State 8th International Climate Change Summit

     

    The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday unveiled the State Climate Change Action Plan that will set out and develop a Policy for combating the challenge of climate change in the state.

    Speaking at the flag-off of the 2day Lagos State 8th Climate Change Summit held at Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, he added that the document reflect the targets and goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

    The Governor said the state has a rich assemblage of projects being undertaken to address the Climate Change and fasttrack the attainment of zero carbon goal.

    He said public transport reform is planned to reduce the number of personal vehicles on the roads, by providing efficient alternatives in the form of low-emission buses and rail connections. adding that owners of personal vehicles are encouraged to shift to low-emission versions as well.

    He explained that composting, Recycling, Waste-to-Energy are just a few of the
    strategies the government is focusing on to improve the quality of waste
    management.

    He added that there are significant opportunities to roll out off-grid solar systems for public schools, hospitals and other government facilities in the energy sector.

    Sanwo-Olu also urged individual homes to move from fossil fuel generators to solar systems, saying that multiple seemingly-modest interventions successfully implemented across a wide variety of sectors will add up to substantial positive impact in terms of climate change adaptation and
    mitigation.

    “It has therefore become imperative that we address the pertinent
    issue of climate change because of its pivotal impact on key economic areas like agriculture, health, sustainable socio-economic development, as well as enduring peace and security in our society” he said.

    He said the updated Climate Action Plan revealed that the three main areas
    of threat to zero-carbon ambitions in Lagos State are energy,
    waste and transport which are the focus at the Summit.

    He emphasized that this year’s Climate Change Summit is a greater call to action as the world is at a point where climate change is no longer a theoretical threat, but a very real phenomenon playing out before everyone

    He said according to Geospatial World, the year 2020 was adjudged to be
    the worst year in terms of climate change, saying the world experienced a series of extreme climate events such as deadly flash floods in Jakarta, Indonesia, Storm Gloria in Spain, and a drought in Chile.

    He said the foundation laid by his predecessors, under whom the work of developing a Climate Action Plan and launching a Climate Change Summit began have been successful in building on the strong legacy of the past which includes the annual Tree Planting Exercise.

    He noted that the goal now is to extend the awareness to the entire populace to imbibe the culture of climate awareness in their homes, workplaces and lifestyles.

    He said four days ago, precisely on World Environment Day, the
    United Nations Secretary General reiterated the fact that the world
    faces an environmental emergency, which may lead to deprivation
    of food, water and other necessary resources needed to survive.

    He stated that the onus is on everyone to collaboratively do everything necessary
    to save the environment, to mitigate the adverse effects of climate
    change and to make the planet more pristine and liveable.

    He said Lagos is the first State in Nigeria to have developed a CLIMATE ACTION PLAN to help achieve an
    emission-neutral city by 2050, adding that the emergence of this updated Plan
    establishes Lagos as a national leader.

    The Governor commended the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
    which Lagos State signed up for in 2018, saying the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group has helped Lagos
    update the Climate Action Plan in line with prevailing realities.

    In his welcome address, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello said Climate Change was one of the defining challenges in recent times adding that receding forests, biodiversity loss, changing rainfall patterns, drought, increase in dust storms, increase in temperatures and rising sea levels are climate change effect that has been affecting human development in all parts of the world.

    He expatiated that the Lagos international Climate Change Summit since inception had become a melting pot for researchers, investors, academicians and stakeholders in the environment and economic sectors.

    It is one where notable decisions and actions are taken, adding that this edition will be reviewing an adaptation of some previous themes that project the States intention on projects and programmes that are climate change compliant.

    Bello said studies have shown that Year 2050 will be significant for the world, especially developing country hence something drastic and urgent has to be done.

    “It has been postulated that about 215 Million Urban poor in 495 developing cities will be vulnerable to extreme heat, million others will be exposed to other climate risks including sea level rise, flooding and Water Scarcity. Climate Change impacts has also been predicted to reduce crop yields by at least 10% thereby leading to food scarcity” he said.

    Giving a summary of the Action plan, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs Belinda Odeneye highlighted how the Action Plan relates to the vision of Lagos State adding that it has been broken down into four sectors namely Waste, Transport Energy and Climate Adaptationj Resilience.

    She said in the next 5years the state will implement waste separation sources as well as implement physical spatial development plan that will encourage low emission development.

    The Governor later unveiled the Climate Action Plan while being assisted by his Deputy, his wife, the Speaker and some other dignitaries present.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    June 8, 2021

  • SANWO-OLU TO UNVEIL CLIMATE ACTION PLAN (CAP) TUES AS 8TH CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT COMMENCES

    Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu is expected to launch the Climate Action Plan (CAP) on Tuesday as he flags off the 8th International Climate Change Summit in Lagos.

    Briefing the media in Lagos on Sunday about plans for the Summit which comes up between Tuesday, June 8 and Wednesday June 9, 2021, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello said the summit is being resuscitated by Mr Governor after a 5 year lull.

    Tunji Bello explained that the theme for the 2021 Conference is “Adapting Health, Energy, Agriculture, Transport and Waste Infrastructure to Long Term Impacts of Climate Change in Lagos State”

    He said the Climate Action Plan was developed to guide the State and stakeholders on the implementation of collective measures to address climate change impacts and causes through adaptation, mitigation and other measures.

     

    He added that the Summit is a melting pot for researchers, investors, academicians and stakeholders in the environment and economic sector where notable actions for future economic and sustainable development of the state are taken.

    According to the Commissioner, the summit which will be hybrid because of Covid-19 safety prescriptions will take place at the Continental Hotel Lagos featuring experts in various fields both at home and abroad.

    He added that the Summit will consist of Plenary and parallel breakout sessions focussing on developing roadmaps for implementing action in Agriculture, Energy, Transport, health adaptation and water, access to finance, urban planning, waste management and circular economy.

    Some of the topics expected to be covered include the imperative for action to protect human health from climate change threats and risks as well as delivery of clean and safe energy for domestic cooking as adaptation strategy for Lagos.

    Others are understanding the links between Pillar 2 of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda and Lagos biosecurity strategy for a climate friendly post Covid-19 Lagos and building a 21st Century green sustainable ecosystem through scientific, technology and innovative approach.

    The summit will also examine Infrastructure and Climate Change: A global perspective and a Sustainable and Resilient Transportation for adaptation to Climate Change in Lagos State.

    Also to be touched, according to Tunji Bello, is Climate Change and Municipal Solid Waste Management: Perspective of Solid Waste handling in Coastal Communities/Slums as well as Sustainable Financing for Climate Change Action and Adaptation: Lagos State in Focus.

    Bello also informed that some of the expected outcomes include creating a roadmap for implementing the Lagos State Climate Action Plan (CAP).

    Others are development of strategies for a green economy and improving the flow of finance for Climate Action and attract investment in low carbon projects.

    Bello said the summit is also expected to develop bankable climate action projects in Health & Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Transport and Waste Management for the state amongst others.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE&WR

    6 JUNE, 2021

  • LASG CHARGES RESIDENTS TO COMPLIMENT STATE ON REGULAR DRAINAGE CLEANING

    …Warns against clogging of tertiary drains

    Lagos State Government on Friday charged residents to compliment her year round cleaning of all primary and secondary channels by also cleaning tertiary drains that run across residences regularly.

    In a statement by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, he stated that the State Government is always ensuring the cleaning, clearing and dredging of all major collectors to ensure that they all discharge properly.

    Speaking against the background of the heavy rainfall experienced in Lagos on Friday, he said a change of attitude is desired from the residents to prevent flash flooding.

    He added that the non-chalant attitude of some residents in this regard is causing some drawbacks for the successes recorded by the State Government in flood control.

    He said regrettably, even commercial concerns and companies are also guilty of not cleaning their drains but would rather leave them, waiting for the Government to undertake the task.

    He added that investigations by officials of the Ministry round the state after Friday’s rainfall revealed that flash flood occurred as most tertiary drains were blocked with refuse thus spewing water onto the roads.

    Tunji Bello said the people should realise that it portents great danger when tertiary drains are littered with refuse as this could bring about unexpected destruction and fatalities.

    He used the opportunity to also remind local councils areas that they must step up enforcement of infractions as it concerns tertiary drains that are not cleaned.

    He added that part of what could be done is to increase the number of environmental health officers to monitor the drains on a regular basis.

    He gave an assurance that many hours after each torrential rainfall, the water disappears because of the improved state of the drains round the state.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    June 4, 2021

  • LAGOS STRESSES COMMITMENT TO SCALE UP AWARENESS ON WETLANDS AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION

    Lagos State Government on Wednesday stressed its commitment to a scale-up of the level of education amongst the people on the importance of wetlands to humanity, saying now is the time

    Speaking at a programme on Wetland Advocacy held at the Lagos State University LASU Ojo, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello said such awareness needed to be scaled up more for communities within proximity of wetlands.

     

    He added that the awareness programme is to create opportunity for reverine communities to interact with the Government and experts on wetland matters and growing challenges of wetlands encroachment in the state.

    The Commissioner who spoke through the Special Adviser, Drainage and Water Resources, Engr Joe Igbokwe said the growing challenges facing wetlands in the State include increase in human population and accommodation thus putting pressure on land demand which is a very scarce resources in the State

    He said Wetlands accommodate a variety of land and water dwelling plants and animals which are well known to have rich and distinct ecosystems adding that as a direct result of the rich ecosystems, wetlands are especially important to humanity and the world.

    “This ecosystem is dynamic and known to sustain enormous life and provide valuable services which are economically, socially and ecologically important for human survival”. The services they provide ranges from supply of Food, Medicine, Building materials and Fuel to people, Flood control, Water purification, transportation and tourism opportunities amongst others” he informed.

    He noted that several of the wetlands in the State at iju, Ejigbo, Badagry, Ikorodu, Itoikin / Orugbo and many more are being encroached upon and reclaimed for estate development without due consideration for environmental guidelines and the need to preserve the ecological values for humanity and their survival.

    “Some of these Wetlands are within or along River/ Gorge / Drainage system and heavily vegetated with trees thus acting as carbon sink and as water Retention / Collector for storm water and run-offs” he stated.

    He said that the theme for the Advocacy/Awareness Campaign Programme “We Are Part Of The Solution For Nature” was adopted from this Year’s International World Biodiversity Day to involve and commit members of various communities as the main Stakeholders to protect wetlands within their environment.

    He revealed that the State Government is in the process of reviewing a draft wetland policy that will protect wetlands in the State and will continue to enforce other relevant environmental laws.

    He therefore implore all residents of the State to desist from the acts of using refuse to reclaim wetlands or dump waste in drainage channels across the State adding that it is a joint effort of the people with the State that can assure a safer, cleaner and a flood free environment in the State.

    Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Environmental Services, Mrs. Aderonke Odeneye said the Ministry is developing a sector policy on Wetland and Biodiversity Management to ensure balanced development, where the course of nature will adequately be mainstreamed into the development policy and planning.

    “It is however important, as communities and as a people, to do more to preserve nature and protect our wetland from further encroachment as is recently experienced” she said.

    She revealed that the Ministry has also embarked on identification and categorization of the wetlands in the State on Consultancy basis, as a follow-up to update identification done in 2009.

    The Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde stated that Wetlands are natural habitations provided by God whose Value cannot be replaced by money.

    He said wetlands retain water during the rainy season to prevent flood adding that wetlands are part of lands that are green and never go dry throughout the year.

    In his lecture, the guest lecturer from the Department of Zoology & Environmental Biology, Faculty of Science, LASU, Prof. Abiodun Denloye insisted that wetlands must be properly preserved for human survival.

    He said a portion of land that retain water up to six metres throughout the year qualifies to be a wetland adding that such lands help to purify waste water and return it clean to the underground water depots

    “Wetlands have economic values as they can be used for water transportation, tourism and create employment opportunities for people. 74 communities have interconnection with wetlands across the state and this programme is therefore not in futility but an action in the right direction” he said.

    He however called for actions to be taking at both the local and government level to collaborate with research and educational institutions to sustain reclamation of some wetlands in the State.

     

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR
    June 2, 2021

  • CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT, A KEY FOR EFFECTIVE LEARNING- SANWO-OLU …commissions 1,097 projects in 970 Schools

    The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday commissioned a new block of classroom at Bariga, affirming that a conducive environment is very essential for effective learning

     

     

     

     

     

    Sanwo -Olu spoke during the commissioning of a block of classrooms at Oduduwa College, Lanre Awolokun street, Gbagada in Bariga LCDA, through  the  Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello whom the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde stood in for.

     

     

     

     

     

    He explained that the vital role of education in the development has made it imperative to ensure that children have access to quality education in an enabling environment for excellent learning.

     

     

     

    Sanwo-Olu  said 1,097 infrastructural projects covering 970 Schools across the State, were embarked upon to improve the learning and teaching environment in our public schools.

     

     

     

    He said Education is still the most potent tool of empowerment and one of the most tested ways to close the gap between poverty and wealth saying, that it provide individuals with the necessary knowledge and skill set to actualize their potential and maximize opportunities in life.

     

     

     

    The Governor explained that the projects being commissioned across the state will further drive the “Education and Technology” pillar of the  THEMES Agenda adding that to actualize the Greater Lagos vision, quality education must remain one of the solid building blocks.

     

     

     

    He said that in the last 2 years, Government  had aggressively embarked on the provision of blocks of classrooms, administrative offices, school furniture, laboratories, modern toilet facilities, and security across the six Education Districts and Local Government Councils.

     

     

     

    “ Government has ensured the prompt construction and rehabilitation of 322 dilapidated public schools, while 87,000 dual composite units of furniture were supplied to Primary and Secondary Schools across the State” he said.

     

     

     

    Mr Governor remarked that the investments in the education sector have been yielding positive results saying that students’ performance have improved in examinations, national and international competitions as well as improved morals, etiquette, and confidence in public speaking.

     

     

     

    “Lagos State Public Schools have consistently emerged the overall best at the international Robotics Competition since 2015 and have continued to excellently represent Nigeria at this annual competition;”

     

     

     

    The Lagos State team was one of the best at the 2021 National Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientist (JETS) Competition, held at the National Mathematical Centre, Kwali ealier this year where the State team won 11 medals and 10 Cups in various categories” he said.

     

     

     

    He acknowledged the contributions hardworking teachers to the success the schools and students saying that the infrastructure being put in place  would amount to nothing if they were not complemented by competent, dedicated and passionate teachers.

     

     

     

    He charged community leaders, school administrators, staff and students of these schools to take ownership of the project saying  all hands must be on deck to ensure that miscreants do not destroy or cart away the properties of our schools adding that the security of  schools and other infrastructures is a collective responsibility.

     

     

     

    He commended the Lagos State Ministry of Education, the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, the Special Committee on Rehabilitation of Public Schools (SCRPS) and the Lagos State Infrastructure Management and Maintenance Agency (LASIAMA) for collaborating effectively to actualize various vision in the education sector.

     

     

     

    Signed

     

     

     

    Kunle Adeshina

     

    Director (Public Affairs)

     

    MOE &WR

  • LAGOS TO PARTNER STAKEHOLDERS ON BIODIVERSITY/WILDLIFE PROTECTION

    Lagos State Government has commenced collaboration
    with reputable Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on conservation matters aimed at sustainability, conserving biodiversity and wildlife protection.

    Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello in a statement on Saturday in commemoration of the year 2021 Biodiversity Day, said the greatest problems facing biological diversity today are habitat destructions, over exploitation, pollution and global climate change.

    He added that deforestation, sand-filling of wetlands and other open water bodies, construction of buildings, overfishing/overhunting amongst others result in considerable changes in the ecological balance.

    While identifying the cooperation and collaboration of relevant stakeholders as a solution to the problem, the Commissioner said amongst the steps taken is an ongoing partnership with the Lekki Urban Forest and Animal Sanctuary initiative (LUFASI) on the conservation of vultures, pangolin and Ekki tree population in the State.

    He expressed the hope that when the project eventually commenced, it will help protect these critically endangered species from extinction and serve as a springboard for their sustained population in the wild.

    He disclosed that Government is also working with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on conservation matters and also willing to partner with other stakeholders in the course of wildlife and biodiversity protection in the State.

    Bello said the Theme for this Year’s celebration “We are part of the solution #ForNature” aligns perfectly with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 14 (Life under Water) and 15 (Life on Land) that about 20% of the animal protein diet for close to 3 billion people worldwide is gotten from fish, while 80% of human diets is from plant.

    According to the Commissioner, 80% of rural dwellers in the world depend on traditional herbs for their basic health care, therefore the importance of biodiversity cannot be overemphasized.

    He noted that the need by property developers to acquire land for housing developments in the State has led to the destruction of many wetlands and forest ecosystems which SERVE as habitats for a considerable percentage of the State’s biodiversity.

    “Pollution of water bodies with refuse and other harmful substances are also a cause for concern as mentioned earlier. Over exploitation of wildlife is also a major contributor to the increasing decline in the population of several species of animals in the State” he emphasized.

    He mentioned that amongst the animals facing imminent threat of extinction are the Pangolin, Vulture, Sea Turtle and Manatee populations saying that the trend of progressive biodiversity loss in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems is as a result of increasing human population and their anthropogenic activities.

    He reiterates that Government frowns at the people who deal in the illicit trade of wildlife trafficking and sales, especially in the wet markets across the state warning that people should desist from the illegal act as the Ministry will soon commence a State-wide surveillance and enforcement of same to curb the menace.

    “Apart from the threat the trade poses to wildlife population, the possible outbreak of very dangerous zoonotic diseases is of serious concern to this Government and therefore shall not continue to condone this act” he stressed.

    He said that Government will continue to enact laws and formulate policies on ensuring wildlife and Ecosystem protection in the State to help protect these critically endangered species from extinction and serve as a springboard for their sustained population in the wild.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR
    May 22, 2021

  • CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT, A KEY FOR EFFECTIVE LEARNING- SANWO-OLU

    …commissions 1,097 projects in 970 Schools

    The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday commissioned a new block of classroom at Bariga, affirming that a conducive environment is very essential for effective learning

    Sanwo -Olu spoke during the commissioning of a block of classrooms at Oduduwa College, Lanre Awolokun street, Gbagada in Bariga LCDA, through the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello whom the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde stood in for.

    He explained that the vital role of education in the development has made it imperative to ensure that children have access to quality education in an enabling environment for excellent learning.

    Sanwo-Olu said 1,097 infrastructural projects covering 970 Schools across the State, were embarked upon to improve the learning and teaching environment in our public schools.

    He said Education is still the most potent tool of empowerment and one of the most tested ways to close the gap between poverty and wealth saying, that it provide individuals with the necessary knowledge and skill set to actualize their potential and maximize opportunities in life.

    The Governor explained that the projects being commissioned across the state will further drive the “Education and Technology” pillar of the THEMES Agenda adding that to actualize the Greater Lagos vision, quality education must remain one of the solid building blocks.

    He said that in the last 2 years, Government had aggressively embarked on the provision of blocks of classrooms, administrative offices, school furniture, laboratories, modern toilet facilities, and security across the six Education Districts and Local Government Councils.

    “ Government has ensured the prompt construction and rehabilitation of 322 dilapidated public schools, while 87,000 dual composite units of furniture were supplied to Primary and Secondary Schools across the State” he said.

    Mr Governor remarked that the investments in the education sector have been yielding positive results saying that students’ performance have improved in examinations, national and international competitions as well as improved morals, etiquette, and confidence in public speaking.

    “Lagos State Public Schools have consistently emerged the overall best at the international Robotics Competition since 2015 and have continued to excellently represent Nigeria at this annual competition;”

    The Lagos State team was one of the best at the 2021 National Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientist (JETS) Competition, held at the National Mathematical Centre, Kwali ealier this year where the State team won 11 medals and 10 Cups in various categories” he said.

    He acknowledged the contributions hardworking teachers to the success the schools and students saying that the infrastructure being put in place would amount to nothing if they were not complemented by competent, dedicated and passionate teachers.

    He charged community leaders, school administrators, staff and students of these schools to take ownership of the project saying all hands must be on deck to ensure that miscreants do not destroy or cart away the properties of our schools adding that the security of schools and other infrastructures is a collective responsibility.

    He commended the Lagos State Ministry of Education, the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, the Special Committee on Rehabilitation of Public Schools (SCRPS) and the Lagos State Infrastructure Management and Maintenance Agency (LASIAMA) for collaborating effectively to actualize various vision in the education sector.

     

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE &WR

    May 19, 2021