• LASG RESOURCITATES SANITATION COMPETITION AMONGST LG/LCDA

    ….Sets Up Assessment Committee, to commence work in May

    Lagos State Government on Sunday announced the resourcitation of the Environmental Sanitation competition amongst all Local Governments and Council Areas in the State.

    In a statement, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, said the competition is being brought back to reawaken the consciousness of every resident with Local Governments serving as the pivot of the campaign.

    He explained that since the programme suffered a setback in 2017 through a court stoppage of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise, everyone has let down their guard thus aggravating various environmental issues.

    He stated that part of the benefit derivable is bringing about healthy competition on sanitation and hygiene practices amongst communities, markets and LG/LCDA.

    Others are improvement in the environmental conditions of the state especially on Highways, roads and streets, markets, schools and illegal Street trading.

    Bello said the competition will take input of actors in the communities including local government chairmen, community leaders, traditional rulers, transport unions and market leaders.

    He informed that an assessment committee which will start work in May has been constituted with membership drawn from the Environment Ministry and Local Government and Community Affairs and other relevant MDAs to inspect all public utilities.

    The assessment committee will also inspect the general aesthetics of the scheduled LG/LCDA and the commitment of each to environmental management.

    The Commissioner listed some of the criteria for the assessment of each LG/LCDA to include culture of bagging of refuse, clean and flowing drains, LAWMA PSP patronage and vegetal control.

    Others are markets cleaniness, landscaping and beautification of LG/LCDA secretariat, control of illegal structures, shanties, black spots, illegal refuse dumps, encroachment on drainage setbacks, Street trading, abandoned buildings, land and properties.

    The assessment is expected to be rounded off in November with an award ceremony during which mouth watering prizes will be presented to the winner and first runners-up LG/LCDA.

    Consolation prices will also be given to the cleanest market, school, environmental sanitation friendly motor park/ garage amongst others.

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

  • LAGOS TO EXPERIENCE NORMAL RAINFALL OF 238-261 DAYS IN 2021

    Continuos dredging and cleaning of all canals ongoing… As HC Env. briefs on Seasonal Rainfall Pattern for 2021

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday informed residents that the state will experience normal rainfall of between 238-261 days this year, assuring that adequate measures are already in place for contain any eventuality.

    Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Mr Tunji Bello who stated this during a press briefing on the Year 2021 Seasonal Climate Predictions (SCP) at Alausa stated that the Maximum Annual Rainfall for this 2021 is predicted to be 1,747mm.

    He maintained that the State government is set to ensure a flood-free and hygienic environment during the season.

    He noted that the State is collaborating with the the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) not only in the areas of Annual Seasonal climate Prediction but also in downscaling the predictions to all stakeholders.

    He added that the State has concluded preparation to have its own network of weather stations to closely monitor the climate as well as increase the preparedness for weather related issues.

    Bello said the Seasonal Climate Prediction for Lagos State indicated onset dates that ranged between March 17th in earliest and April 6th, while the season ending is predicted to be between 30th November and 5th December 2021

    According to the Commissioner, Ikeja is expected to experience about 261 days of rainfall with a total amount of 1392mm and the rainfall onset date of 17th March as it already witnessed while the cessation date is expected to be 3rd of December 2021.

    “Lagos Island is had a rainfall onset date of 6th April, while its cessation date is expected to be 30th of November. It is also expected that Lagos Island would have about 238 days of rainfall and about 1627mm of rainfall this year”.

    “It is also expected that the increasing frequency of extreme weather events indicate that year 2021 would likely experience days with extremely high rainfall amounts which may result in flooding” he declared.

    Bello restated that the Emergency Flood Abatement Gangs (EFAG) of the Ministry have been consistently de-silting and working on various linkages to the secondary and primary channels to enable them discharge efficiently and act as retention basins.

    He said in order to forestall the incidences of collapse of telecommunication masts, occasioned by high velocity of the wind, expected during the onset and cessation of every rainfall, Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) has been put on alert to ensure advertising and communication agencies comply with regulations on safety of billboards and telecommunication masts.

    He added that all emergency agencies, traffic management agencies and other emergency related outfits have also been put on the alert to assist in reducing the negative impact of thunder storm associated with rainfall across the State.

    He disclosed further that Government is determined to maintain the long-established synergy and partnership with Ogun-Oshun River Basin Authority which has ensured control and monitoring of the steady and systemic release of water from Oyan Dam to prevent flooding of the downstream reaches.

    He emphasized that the government would ramp up their enlightenment and advocacy efforts to sensitize and advise communities in coastal and low-lying wetland areas of the State, to move upland when the need arises so as to avert needless loss of lives and property.

    He enjoined journalists to partner government in sensitizing Lagosians who reside along flood plains of major rivers and drainage channels such as Owode, Iwaya, Makoko, Badia, Ijora, Isaalu, Pota, Shibiri etc, to always be on the alert and be ready to move to higher grounds when the need arises adding that they would be duly notified at the appropriate time.

    He reiterated that the government would continue to serve abatement notices on owners of illegal structures, violators of building regulations on drainage alignments, tenements and institutions discharging solid waste in water bodies.

    The Commissioner however called on market men and women to ensure that they follow the rules as regards waste disposal and cleanliness in their market space as any market found flouting this laws will be shut.

    Disclosing that it is natural to have flashfloods, which will percolate or drain off quickly, as is also the case in different parts of the world, the Commissioner added that It is only when flood remains on the roads for several hours and days that flooding can be reported.

    The Special Adviser on Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe who was also part of the briefing informed of government plans to dredge about 221 collector drains, 32 primary channels measuring about 72km spread across the 20 Local Government Areas of the State to checkmate flooding.

    He added that the Emergency Flood Abatement Gangs (EFAG) would also be de-silting various tertiary channels and manholes measuring about 100km across the State.

    He assured that the present administration is determined to find a lasting solution to flooding by building of concrete drainage covers while dredging of canals which has commenced in March will round up in October.

    He called on residents to support Government to achieve a flood free Lagos and desist from dumping refuse on drainage channels or encroaching on Right of Ways of canals, adding that it is regrettable that several of the canals that have been recently cleaned up are again been littered by residents.

    He said for areas that are complaining that they are yet to feel the presence of the government in terms of drainage construction and clearing, the wheels of development will eventually get to them.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR
    April 14, 2021

  • RESPITE FOR LAGOS INDUSTRIES AS EFFLUENT TREATMENT PLANT COMES ON STREAM

    … Env. Comm. Tunji Bello also commissions Air Monitoring station, Digital E-library and hybrid van at LASEPA.

     

    The Lagos State Government over the weekend gave respite to industries without capacity to test their effluents and industrial, hazardous wastewater as it commissioned a mini effluent treatment plant that would determine their toxicity before being released into the atmosphere.

    Speaking at the handover at Alausa which also featured the unveiling of an Air Monitoring Station located at six different locations, a Digital E-Library and a hybrid vehicle, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello said the new additions will empower the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to be better positioned to perform its regulatory roles.

    He added that in times past when industrial concerns sought the help of LASEPA to assist in analyzing effluents, the agency could not respond as quickly as it should, adding that some industries even went beyond board of releasing such effluent into the atmosphere without seeking the advice of the agency.

    In his words: “This Mini Effluent plant came about because of the need to treat wastewater and leftover samples of industrial wastewater from LASEPA’s laboratory. It is regrettable that LASEPA, which has the responsibility for protecting the environment lacked an acceptable means of treating wastewater until now”

    Tunji Bello said vigilant members of the public were also not unmindful that with such scenario, LASEPA would have compromised her status as the environmental policeman that runs afoul of the same law it seeks to enforce.

    Bello emphasized that now, things can only get better for residents of the state in this wise, because there is also room for expansion of the capacity of the mini effluent plant in case request for usage increases geometrically such that the State will maintain its leading role in environmental management in Nigeria as the Centre of Excellence.

    He reminded all that the Lagos State Environmental Protection Law 2017 under the relevant sections empower LASEPA to survey and monitor surface, underground and portable air, land and soil environments in the state to determine pollution levels in them and collect baseline data”.

    He commended the World Bank for partnering with the State Government through LASEPA for the provision quality air monitoring stations that are located at six different locations in the state.

    He reiterated that the air quality measurement stations located at LASEPA headquarters, Alausa, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Lekki, Abesan Estate, Ipaja, University of Lagos, Akoka, Jankara, Lagos Island and in Ikorodu will measure the air quality across its locations and aid better policy formulation on the environment in the State.

    He reiterated that the Air quality measuring station will ensure a comprehensive knowledge of the Air Quality of the Lagos environment, while helping to identify pollution and their sources.

    He said the digital E-library which was also commissioned would fast track the achievement of the goals and objectives of monitoring, controlling and regulating the environment to make it safe and healthy.

    Tunji Bello commended the general manager of LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe and her management team for driving the process that has seen renewed vibrancy in the agency in terms of the delivery of its core mandate.

    “I feel proud of what LASEPA has become today due to the innovativeness and shrewd management of resources of the leadership and it is worthy of commendation now that the Agency is responding adequately to its job as the policeman of the atmosphere and the environment”, he said.

    Earlier in her welcome address, the General Manager, LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, said the maintenance of the environment is a collective responsibility especially on noise pollution and global warming, while urging residents to always ensure its sustainability.

    She said the commissioning of the completed projects is towards promoting environmental sustainability as the state is moving from a linear economy to a circular economy whereby before manufacturing, recycling has to be put into consideration.

    She commended the United Nations for its technical support always and the World Bank for material provisions to the agency at the event which also had in attendance the Special Adviser on Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Service, Mrs Belinda Odeneye and her Office of Drainage Services counterpart, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde and representatives of the United Nations, UNIDO, Zenith Bank, partners agencies and associations.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE & WR
    MARCH 28, 2021

  • COURT REMANDS FOUR ACCUSED PERSON IN PRISON FOR IMPERSONATING ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS

    Magistrate Lateef Layeni sitting at the Special Offences (Mobile) Court over the weekend at Bolade, Oshodi remanded four men in prison custody for impersonating environmental officials and extorting unsuspecting members of the public.

    The four men, Afolayan Nurudeen (41), Fowowe Oluseyi (40), Kayode Olaleye (47) and Muibi Babatunde (50) who were arraigned on a four count charge, pleaded not guilty when their plea was taken.

    They were arraigned for (a) impersonating public officers by representing themselves as staffs of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources to the public and (b) fraudulently using false documents with the intention that the documents shall be used and acted upon as genuine.

    They were also charged with (c) conspiring to commit felony and (d) conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace.

    The presiding Magistrate thereafter fixed Tuesday, March 30 for the commencement of the trial of the accused persons and ruled that they be remanded at the Badagry Prison.

    The four men were arrested on Wednesday, 17 March at about 3.45pm at Golden face Hotels, Orile Iganmu by Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Officials with assistance from ministry of the Environment and Water Resources officials following a surveillance on the men.

    Items found on the men include fake inspection letters, identification cards, Abatement notices of the ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Lagos State Wastewater Management Office (LSMWO), copy of court summons and stickers for certification of decontamination, all bearing the logo of Lagos State Government.

    The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources had been inundated with complaints and reports from members of the public about the activities of some men who usually extort money on the pretext of enforcing sanitation laws in different parts of the state.

    This prompted the ministry officials to liaise with officials of Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps to be on the surveillance for the men who had been operating in the Orile Iganmu area for quite a while before they were apprehended.

    SIGNED
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director, Public Affairs
    MOE&WR
    March 21, 2021

  • LASG Meets With PSP Operators, Restores Door-to-Door Evacuation

    LASG Meets With PSP Operators, Restores Door-to-Door Evacuation

    The Lagos State Government has met with PSP operators in Waste Management, saying they should go back to their various areas of operation and restore door-to-door evacuation of waste.

    Addressing operators at the meeting, held at LAWMA Office, Ijora on Tuesday, the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello stated that in making good its promise to achieve a cleaner and healthier environment, the government of Lagos State had constituted a committee, headed by the Secretary to the State Government, to thoroughly review the situation and design template for the restoration of the services of PSP operators.

    “This move is to reassure you that we are set on a new beginning and it is to consolidate what we have achieved. Everybody must work together to restore the glory of Lagos”, he said.

    He said that the government had appointed Mr. Ola Oresanya, former General Manager of LAWMA, as a consultant to work with the State to fashion out a format for the restoration of door-to-door waste collection.

    He urged the PSP operators to be ready for work and set aside any misgivings, adding that he was in constant touch with the leadership of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM) who had assured him of their cooperation.

    Earlier, the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti urged all stakeholders to recognise the urgent need to clear the backlog of waste in the metropolis, while a holistic solution was being worked out simultaneously.

    “Being aware that PSP operators were in business to make profit and sustain employment, government therefore enjoins residents to pay for waste collection by the PSP operators”, he added.

    Speaking on behalf of the PSP operators, the Chairman of AWAM, Mr. Oladipo Egbeyemi expressed his appreciation to the government for the development and urged for thorough situation review and provision of enabling environment for unhindered performance by his members.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    23rd October, 2018

     

  • CLIMATE CHANGE: AMBODE CALLS FOR LIFESTYLE CHANGE TO ATTAIN SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

    CLIMATE CHANGE: AMBODE CALLS FOR LIFESTYLE CHANGE TO ATTAIN SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

    The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has urged the people to change their lifestyle in favour of nature conservation for the attainment of sustainable environment in Lagos State, he stated this during the 2018 Annual Walk for Nature, held at the State House, Marina, Lagos on Saturday to advocate sustainable living and conservation of natural resources.

    Ambode who was represented by the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, stated that it was imperative to combat the impacts of pollution on our ecosystem, its biodiversity and human health by shifting to a more conscious approach to consumption and interaction with the environment.

    “The theme of this year’s annual walk for nature, ‘beat pollution, live a sustainable lifestyle’ is very appropriate in view of the ever increasing pollution levels in our society due to human activities”, he said.

    He urged the people to optimise the use of natural resources and exert minimal impact on the environment, adding that both government and the citizenry must work together to enforce policies that would prevent people from embarking on activities that could have negative impact on the environment.

    He said that the concerted efforts of his Administration at greening, landscaping and provision of scenic gardens and conservation parks were geared towards achieving sustainable development for the benefit of over 23million citizens of Lagos State.

    The Lagos State Governor noted that the impact of pollution on the ecosystem could not be overemphasised as it affected the planet through the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

    He emphasised that the annual Walk for Nature was a wakeup call to all Lagosians to rise in defense of the environment and collaborate to address the unconscionable pollution of the environment by focusing on attitude that despoil the land.

    His words: “Nature has blessed us with the resources that we need to survive; it is up to us to optimise their usage and conserve for posterity, so that we do not compromise the benefits of future generations”

    The governor urged Lagosians to refrain from activities that could cause pollution and degradation of the environment and enjoined all to advocate the culture of re-use, recycle and clean production.

    Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, Speaking through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, remarked that it was of immense benefit for all stakeholders to raise awareness on nature conservation, sustainable living and most importantly, the preservation of the rich biodiversity of Lagos State through the Walk for Nature, which was an important campaign to propel the people towards positive behaviour to the environment.

    The walk for nature is held annually by the Lagos State Government in collaboration with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation to advocate sustainable environment.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    20th October, 2018

     

     

     

     

     

  • LASG URGES ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS IN MINING, DREDGING ACTIVITIES

    The government of Lagos State has urged sand miners and dredgers in the State to be mindful of their impacts on the environment and operate in manners that would prioritise the protection of the environment.

    This charge was giving today by Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare, the Commissioner for the Environment during his welcome address at the 2017 World Soil Day which was marked in Ikeja with major stakeholders in the sand mining and dredging industry.

    Adejare stated that in line with the theme of the year 2017 World Soil Day which is “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground” the Lagos State Government decided to raise awareness on the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the increasing challenges in soil management through a seminar.

    He said that organizations, communities and individuals around the world must be encouraged to give attention to the pressing issues affecting soils, such as soil contamination, degradation, over mining, oil spills, poor waste disposal, flood and erosion among other activities impacting negatively on soils.

    He stressed that the soil must be protected because it was responsible for our food, shelter and sustenance while the quality of the soil impacts so many other critical elements like water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, plant growth and crop production.

    “The message must be loud and clear; we must do all we can to protect and improve soil and its resources because it is the only home we have” he said.

    He said that the ever growing population of Lagos State with the  attendant increase in demand for shelter and food brought about aggravating pressure on sand mining and dredging on land and water respectively, adding that these activities contributed to the impact of Climate Change and Sea Water Rise, resulting in heavy erosion of coastal communities and flooding in the State.

    He said it was imperative for the State Government to engage the stakeholders in regular seminar to address the soil challenges and threats as well as regulations required for the overall achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2015-2030.

    According to him: “The seminar will review some environmental challenges associated with sand mining and dredging in the State and appraise the prospects of the activities if carried out in sustainable patterns, showing scientific evidences as applicable across the globe”.

    The Environment Commissioner reiterated that ensuring a safe, resilient and sustainable Lagos, through the conservation, protection and restoration of terrestrial and aquatic natural resources for the wellbeing of the citizenry in urban and rural areas of the State remained imperative to the government.

    He advised residents to desist from indiscriminate disposal of spent oil, uncontrolled tree felling and urged tree planting to protect the soil from the ravaging effects of erosion.

    Stressing government’s avowed commitment to the protection of the soil as a vital resource, Adejare warned those involved in illegal sand mining to desist as such would not be tolerated.

    The 5th of December has been designated by United Nations as the World Soil Day following the adoption of the 68th UN General Assembly Resolution in 2013. The maiden edition in Nigeria was commemorated by Lagos State last year.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    5th December, 2017

  • LASG ADVOCATES SUSTAINABLE SANITATION PRACTICES

    The Lagos State Government today joined the rest of the world to mark the World Toilet Day by promoting healthy sanitation practices among Lagosians

    Speaking during the celebration of the 2017 World Toilet Day in Ojodu-Berger Bus Terminus, the Commissioner of the Environment, Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare, maintained that the celebration brings to the front burner issues such as water, sanitation and hygiene.

    According to him, proper handling of these critical issues would help reduce government expenditure on treatment of diseases and make more money available for other important public uses.

    While emphasising the need for proper sanitation habit, Adejare said that by United Nations estimate, 2.5 percent of the world’s seven billion people, mostly in rural areas, do not have proper sanitation while 1.1 billion people still defecate in the open.

    “This has significant impacts on human health, dignity and security as well as the environment, social and economic development. The countries where open defecation is most widely practiced are the same countries with the highest mortality rate of children under five, high levels of under nutrition and poverty as well as large wealth disparities,” he said.

    The Environment Commissioner stated that sanitation and toilet issues required urgent actions to stem the tide of diseases and bring about healthy citizenry.

    His words: “This staggering statistics no doubt calls for urgent action among all stakeholders to prioritise toilet and sanitation issues, enhance access to water and sanitation facilities and as well spread awareness of the ills of undesirable sanitation practices.”

    Adejare said that the administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was making determined efforts to eradicate the menace of open defecation and urination through the provision of public toilets and upgrading of already existing facilities across the State.

    “All public institutions in the State such as petrol filling stations, eateries and shopping malls are mandated to maintain clean toilets and give access to members of the public. We have also ensured that non-compliance attracts appropriate sanctions.” He said.

    He said that the Lagos State Government’s commitment to attaining the smart-city status for the State could not be sacrificed at the altar of poor sanitation and inefficient solid waste management, stressing that the environment remained the State’s priority as it was important for maintaining a secure and more prosperous State.

    He enjoined Lagosians to join the State crusade of attaining a cleaner, healthier, functional and sustainable environment, capable of promoting economic growth and well-being of the entire citizenry.

     

    Jide Atansuyi

    Chief Public Affairs Officer

    Ministry of the Environment

    23rd November, 2017

  • LAGOS SHARES CLI VISION WITH ONDO

    The Lagos State Government has shared its experience in implementing the Cleaner Lagos Initiative with Ondo State, saying, as a matter of policy, it was always ready to share with other states of the federation, experience garnered in managing the State.

    Speaking, while receiving his Ondo State Counterpart, Mr. Funsho Esan in Alausa on Thursday, the Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare said that Lagos had always been a reference point in terms of proactive policies and programmes, adding that the Cleaner Lagos Initiative was not an exception as other states including Kaduna and Ondo had come to understudy the implementation of this initiative.

    He said that it was in the best interest of the country when states compare notes and learn from one another.

    Adejare emphasized that the implementation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative was a clear sign that the State was capable of taking care of its environment by creating the enabling environment for private sector investment in the waste management sector.

    “We have adopted the Cleaner Lagos Initiative to address the Solid Waste Management sector’s financial challenge, technology gap and increasing waste generation, influenced by population increase”, he said.

    He explained that as part of the reform in the sector, the Lagos State Government had concessioned the management of domestic waste to a renowned multinational company and recertified some of the existing PSP Operators to service the commercial sector.

    According to him, the benefits of the new system included placement of about 900,000 electronically tracked waste bins across the state, the deployment of 500 new compactors, the establishment of engineered land fill sites and material recovery facilities as well as the creation of over 40,000 jobs, including 27,500 Community Sanitation Workers, who would manually sweep streets in the 377 wards of the state.

    He urged the Ondo State Commissioner for Environment to consider the peculiarities of his state and strive at domesticating the Lagos State vision in the form that would best suit his state, saying that Lagos was quite different from Ondo State in some respects.

    Earlier, the Ondo State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Funsho Essan, who stated  that he was in Lagos to tap into the State’s wealth of experience in  waste management especially through the solid waste management reform, tagged the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, remarked that Lagos over the  years had  succeeded  in managing waste effectively, despite its many challenges.

    He stressed that his State would not hesitate to learn from Lagos State and adopt aspects of the Lagos State initiative, where possible, as this was in line with the on- going efforts to enhance regional cooperation in the South West.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    October 19, 2017