• ADEJARE RALLIES MUSLIMS TO PROMOTE UNITY

    As Muslim faithfuls are observing the holy month of Ramadan, they have been urged to promote unity and peace and offer prayers to enhance peaceful co- existence amongst Lagosians.

    This call was made by the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Samuel Babatunde Adejare while speaking at the 14th edition of the annual SABACO Ramadan Lecture organized by Samuel Babatunde Adejare Campaign Organization (SABACO), held at the Blueroof, Okekoto ,Orile Agege last Friday.

    The Commissioner who said that Ramadan teaches cleanliness, self-discipline, justice and fairness in the  society, called on all Muslims particularly in his constituency to reflect on these important lessons and make them a greater part of their daily lives to promote peaceful co-existence amongst the people.

    Adejare who also used the opportunity to call on the people of Agege community to embrace cleanliness which is one of the hallmarks of the Islam, stressing that the on-going reforms in the solid waste management in Lagos State, tagged the Cleaner Lagos Initiative was in the interest of all Lagosians as it is one of the best ways to maintain cleanliness in the environment.

    “Cleaner Lagos Initiative is aimed to protect the environment, human health and social living standards of Lagos residents by promoting an holistic approach to environmental challenges and ensuring improved operational efficiency” he said.

    In his Sermon the Guest Speaker, Dr. Abdul Kareem AbdulLateef who is also the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Lagos State admonished everyone to ensure that they encouraged unity and oneness as entrenched in the Holy Quran. He further called on all Muslims to ensure that they promote togetherness amongst their neighbours and give room for religious tolerance.

    The special guest and spiritual father of the day, Sheikh Habibulahi Adam Al-Ilory (OON), a member of the World Conference of Islamic Affairs urged all Muslims to seize the opportunity of the holy month to fervently pray for continued peace and progress in Lagos State.

    The SABACO Ramadan Lecture is organized annually by the campaign organization of the Commissioner for the Environment Dr Samuel Babatunde Adejare to promote peace and support the people of his constituency.

     

  • LASG CREATES 40,000 JOBS THROUGH CLEANER LAGOS INITIATIVES

    -27,500 direct jobs for Community Sanitation Workers      

                  -over 10,000 indirect jobs

     

    As part of its job creation and empowerment drive, the Lagos State Government is creating 40,000 jobs through the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) which the government has embarked upon to reform the solid Waste Management sector in the state.

     

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare disclosed this while briefing the press midweek in Alausa.

    He stated that the CLI, as a job creation and empowerment programme, included a Community Sanitation Workers (CSW) Scheme that would expand the scope of the current Street Sweeping Programme from 4,500 sweepers to 27,500 CSWs to cover all of the 377 political wards in the State.

    He added that 377 Ward Resident Contractors (WRCs) would be engaged while a competent Human Resource Management Company (HRMC) would also be engaged to train and deploy the CSWs to each Ward Resident Contractors that would then manage and supervise their activities.

    Adejare maintained that the Community Sanitation Workers would be fully kitted and equipped to sweep the inner streets and take care of vegetal nuisance in their communities and would receive several incentives which include: tax reliefs and healthcare, life, injury and accident insurance benefits.

    He said that one of the major benefits of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative is that it would lead to the deepening of economic complexity to create numerous new business opportunities such as the fabrication of bins and equipment and provision of supply services among others.

    According to him, “the Cleaner Lagos Initiative will further guarantee the vision of the Lagos Sate Government’s commitment to the realisation of a sustainable and habitable environment.”

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Head, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    20th April,, 2017

  • ADEJARE URGES CDCs/ CDAs TO ADVOCATE CLI

    In continuation of the on-going Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) advocacy, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, the Commissioner for the Environment, has urged Community Development Committees/ Community Development Associations to advocate CLI in their respective communities.

    He made this call in Lagos Island on Tuesday at the CLI advocacy meeting with stakeholders in the Lagos Island division of the State.

    According to him, the CLI is essentially for the benefit of the people as it is designed to tackle public health challenges through the attainment of a sustainable environment in addition to other benefits such as job creation, cleaner environment and wealth creation through healthy living.

    He stressed that CDAs were strategically placed to advise the people to cooperate with the government by maintaining friendly dispensation to the new initiative and as well support the programme by embracing the Public Utility Levy which he said would be affordable.

    “No doubt CLI will give value for the money paid by the people as government has engaged competent waste management company which is transforming the sector with over 500 brand new compactors, 900,000 waste bins, Transfer Loading Stations and Engineered Sanitary Landfill Site”, he said.

    He urged members of CDC/CDAs to return to their communities as advocates of the CLI in view of its many advantages to the people of Lagos State.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director (Public Affairs)

    Ministry of the Environment.

     

    29th August, 2017

  • LASG URGES LAGOSIANS TO BE MINDFUL OF THE ENVIRONMENT AS THEY CELEBRATE SALLAH

    LASG URGES LAGOSIANS TO BE MINDFUL OF THE ENVIRONMENT AS THEY CELEBRATE SALLAH

     

    …….Says no sale of Rams on Highways and Roads.

    The Lagos State Government has called on Lagosians to be mindful of the Environment as they celebrate the Id-l-Kabir festival this weekend.

    Speaking to the media on Tuesday, The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare said that it was necessary to enlighten Lagosians that they should show utmost love to their environment even as they celebrate.

    Adejare, who wished all Muslim adherents a happy celebration, urged Lagosians to respect the environment, bear in  mind that a lot of waste would be generated during the Sallah  and  dispose of animal waste properly as well as bag their refuse and put at designated points.

    He assured Lagosians that the Sanitation Intervention Programme with the combined efforts of the Ministry of Environment and Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) was still on course to rid Lagos of refuse heaps.

    He said that the administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode had been in the fore front of the campaign for healthy people and cleaner environment, thus encouraging Lagosians to desist from acts that could have negative impacts on the environment.

    His words: “to guide against the outbreak of epidemics, residents of this State must always ensure that they handle waste in the most appropriate way”

    Meanwhile, Adejare reminded Lagosians that the Law against street trading was still in force, stressing that the Government would not tolerate any form of street trading which includes display of rams on major highways, road medians, lay-byes, gardens and parks  across the State.

    He said that while it was not unusual for traders to take advantage of the season to market and sell rams, this must be done without defacing the state or compromising the wellness and wellbeing of Lagosians.

    He urged Lagosians to take advantage of the various parks and gardens across the state during the celebration for leisure, funfair and relaxation as these parks were made for their use.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director (Public Affairs)

    Ministry of the Environment.

     

    29th August, 2017

     

  • LASG APPREHENDS WOMAN FOR DUMPING REFUSE IN DRAINS

    The Lagos State Government has arrested a middle aged woman, Afusat Tiamiyu, who was caught emptying refuse bins into the drainage at Iyana-Odo junction, Alagbaa, Agege, during the last week-end rain.

    A video of the woman when pouring six bags of refuse into the drainage during the rain was recorded by a concerned citizen and forwarded to the Ministry of the Environment.

    While parading the woman on Monday, the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, said that the perpetrator would be charged to court and be prosecuted according to the Environmental Laws of the State.

    The Commissioner used the occasion to remind Lagosians that the State Government would continue to maintain zero tolerance to all forms of environmental abuse.

    Adejare warned Lagosians to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse and praised the whistleblower for the concern for the environment, stressing that it was by being vanguard of the environment that the people can assist the government in policing the environment and realizing the sustainable environment vision of the Akinwunmi Ambode administration in the State.

    He assured Lagosians that the full commencement of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative would address all waste challenges being currently faced in the State.

     

    Jide Atansuyi

    Chief Public Affairs Officer

    Ministry of the Environment

    28th August, 2017

  • LASG TASKS LEKKI RESIDENTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL SURVEILLANCE

    Lagos State Government has urged Lekki residents to be observant and protective of their immediate environment and not leave their neighborhood at the mercy of miscreants who are fond of degrading the environment.

    This call was made by the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare during his inspection tour of Lekki Phase 1 over the weekend.

    The commissioner who frowned at the alarming rate at which people who have no business in the estate were allowed to deface the estate, urged residents to promptly report illegal developments as they constitute grave dangers to the environment.

    He stress that the situation in which miscreants were allowed to erect shanties in the prime estate, dump refuse indiscriminately, block drainage channels and constitute nuisance to the neighborhood was

    unacceptable, stressing that the government would immediately enforce environmental laws to return normalcy.

    He also said that the State Government would not rest on its oars in ensuring that Lagosians inculcate the habit of regular maintenance of their immediate environment as doing so is our collective responsibility.

    The Commissioner reiterated the State Government’s zero tolerance for environmental abuse, especially indiscriminate refuse dumping, drainage blockage, construction on waterways and drainage alignments, as well as building of shanties etc.

    Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Lekki Residents Association Prof. Olumide Ajose thanked the Lagos State Government for its support in ensuring that the Lekki Estate Environment remained cleaner and healthier.

    He promised that his association would spur members of his community to cooperate with the State Government to stop all actions that were capable of degrading the Environment, while praising the new waste management initiative of the State Government which he described as a major turning point in solid waste management in the State.

     

    Oluwaseyi Ogundimu

    Principal Executive Officer (Public Affairs)

    Ministry of the Environment

     

    21st August, 2017

  • LASG SEEKS SUPPORT OF IKORODU DIVISION ON CLI

    In its continued efforts of seeking understanding and acceptance of Lagosians on the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) as an innovation in solid waste management, the Lagos State Government has taken the advocacy and enlightenment programme to Ikorodu Division of the State.

    The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, said that the need to create ample awareness and enlightenment about the Cleaner Lagos Initiative as a new direction in solid waste management was the reason for the stakeholders meeting at Ikorodu division.

    His words: “It has become imperative to come to you the citizens who are the direct beneficiaries of the new initiative and to let you know what it is all about and the roles you are to perform in the process.’’

    He disclosed that the Lagos State Government, under the leadership of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, was committed to ensuring that Lagosians live in a healthy, cleaner and peaceful environment.

    While explaining the benefits of the CLI to Lagosians, Bamgboye said that the initiative would create 27,500 new jobs by engaging the unemployed youth and the existing street sweepers through the Community Sanitation Workers (CSW) initiative to manually sweep all the inner streets in the 377 wards of the State, in addition to the mechanical sweeping of the highways.

    He further advised Lagosians to support the initiative and collaborate with Lagos State Government by ensuring that they desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorized places and by maintaining regular surveillance of their environment.

     

    He maintained that the initiative “would not only enhance the aesthetics of the State and alleviate poverty but would further improve the economy of Lagos State by bringing about a viable sub-sector of the economy.”

    He urged market men and women, Community Development Associations (CDAs), Community Development Committee (CDCs) and artisans who were the participants at the meeting to embrace the CLI wholeheartedly and to help spread the gospel of the initiative to all and sundry.

     

     

    Olajide Atansuyi

    Chief Public Affairs Officer

    Minisrty of the Environment

     

    21st August, 2017.

     

  • LASG EMPLOYS ADVOCACY TO SEEK COOPERATION OF CITIZENS ON CLI

    As the stage is now set for the grand launch of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, The Lagos State Government has begun to seek the buy-in and understanding of the citizens on the new efforts in solid waste management through advocacy and enlightenment.

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    The Lagos State Government has lined up series of advocacy programme to be conducted across the five divisions of the State to herald the commencement of full operations.

    Speaking at the Stakeholders Engagement on Friday at NECA Hall, CBD, Alausa with members of the Community Development Associations (CDAs), market men and women from 23 Local Governments/Local Council Development Areas of the State, the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare said that the Cleaner Lagos Initiative remained the bedrock upon which cleaner, healthier and livable environment rest.

    Adejare disclosed that government decided to invite the participants for the purpose of educating and enlighten them on what the new initiative in solid waste management entailed

    His words: “We decided to get closer to our people who are the direct beneficiaries of the new initiative through advocacy and enlightenment programmes so as to let you know what the CLI is and to urge you to embrace it with the whole of your heart.”

    He maintained that the Lagos State Government was resolute in its commitment to give to Lagosians a sustainable and functional environment which they would be proud of.

    “The Akinwunmi Ambode Administration would leave no stone unturned to achieve a clean, healthy and livable state, predicated on the Cleaner Lagos Initiative which is a comprehensive reform of the Solid Waste Management Sector in the State.”

    On the benefits of the CLI, Adejare disclose that the initiative would create 27,500 new jobs by engaging the unemployed youth and the existing street sweepers and transforming them to Community Sanitation Workers (CSW) to carry out manual sweeping in all the inner streets in the 377 wards of the State.

    The Commissioner urged participants to cooperate with the government by desisting from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorized places and by being the vanguard of their environment because they were the ultimate beneficiaries of the new system, which would not only alleviate poverty and enhance the aesthetics of the State but would also further deepen the economy of Lagos State by evolving a new viable sub-sector of the economy.

    Participants took time to ask sundry questions about the Cleaner Lagos Initiative

    The stakeholders advocacy programmes continues in remainig four divisions of the State in the Month of August.

  • LASG EMPLOYS ADVOCACY TO SEEK COOPERATION OF CITIZENS ON CLI

    As the stage is set for the grand launch of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, The Lagos State Government has begun to seek the buy-in and understanding of the citizens on the new efforts in solid waste management through advocacy and enlightenment.

    Speaking at a Stakeholders meeting on Friday at NECA Hall, CBD, Alausa, the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare said that the Cleaner Lagos Initiative remained the bedrock upon which cleaner, healthier and livable environment rested.

    Adejare disclosed that government had started engaging Lagosians to educate and enlighten them on the new initiative in solid waste management.

    His words: “We decided to get closer to our people who are the direct beneficiaries of the new initiative through advocacy and enlightenment programmes so as to let you know what the CLI is and to urge you to embrace it wholeheartedly”

    He maintained that the Lagos State Government was resolute in its commitment to give to Lagosians a sustainable and functional environment which they would be proud of.

    “The Akinwunmi Ambode Administration would leave no stone unturned to achieve a clean, healthy and livable state, predicated on the Cleaner Lagos Initiative which is a comprehensive reform of the Solid Waste Management Sector in the State”, he said.

    On the benefits of the CLI, Adejare disclosed that the initiative would create 27,500 new jobs by engaging the unemployed youth and the existing street sweepers through the Community Sanitation Workers (CSW) initiative to carry out manual sweeping in all the inner streets in the 377 wards of the State.

    The Commissioner urged Lagosians to cooperate with the government by desisting from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorized places and by being the vanguard of their environment as the ultimate beneficiaries of the new system, which would not only alleviate poverty and enhance the aesthetics of the State but would also further deepen the economy of Lagos State by evolving a new viable sub-sector of the economy.

    Ahead of the commencement of the full operation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative in September, the State Government has lined up series of advocacy programme to be conducted across the five divisions of the State with different stakeholders including Community Development Associations (CDAs), market men and women, artisans and other groups in the State.

     

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director, Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment

    14th August, 2017

  • LASG GOES TOUGH ON ILLEGAL WASTE DUMPS

    -As a PSP operator is apprehended dumping with trucks

    The Lagos State Government has warned residents fond of deliberately dumping refuse in unauthorized places to henceforth desist from such act or face the full wrath of the law.

    This warning was issued by the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare during an Operation Deep Clean exercise which the State Government is currently embarking upon in collaboration with Visionscape to rid the State of refuse black spots.

    The Commissioner, who affirmed the commitment of the government to the attainment of a sustainable environment, frowned at the ugly development whereby some anti- progressive forces strive to frustrate the efforts of the State Government by deliberately creating black spots of refuse to give the impression of non-performance by government.

    His words: “we totally frown at acts of sabotage by people who are bent on shortchanging Lagosians from continuous enjoyment of the dividends of democracy being provided by the Akinwunmi Ambode Administration by trying to discredit the well-conceived environment reform of the State tagged, the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, which offers an enduring solution, in an unprecedented way, to the current waste management challenges”

    Adejare, who recalled that the Akinwunmi Ambode Administration, being so passionate about the environment, had taken the bold step to initiate a reform in the sector with the introduction of a holistic, more sustainable and more efficient system to replace the old order, stressed that Lagosians would be the direct beneficiaries of the new system which is aimed to eradicate diseases, attain a livable State, create wealth and job opportunities for the people.

    The Commissioner said that the State Government, bearing in mind the challenges of transition to the new system of Solid Waste Management, had inaugurated the “Operation Deep Clean” in the State. The operation which took effect two weeks ago has accounted for the clearing of over 12,600 tonnes of waste from illegal dumpsites across the State.

    Adejare stated that the Operation Deep Clean had recorded successes in different locations across the State, including Ojuwoye-Mushin, Eti-Osa, Agege, Alimosho, Ojo, Ikeja, Badagary, Oshodi-Isolo, Lagos Island and Lagos Mainland amongst others.

    Meanwhile, a PSP operator, Mr. Sanya Adeniyi, who was caught dumping a truck- load of refuse at Iyana-Oworo area of Lagos, was paraded to the media.

    Adejare said that the perpetrator would be handed over to the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) for prosecution according to the Environmental Laws of the State.

    He warned Lagosians to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in their areas and also to be vigilant and report anyone engaging in such acts as Government would not hesitate to bring the Law to bear on anyone caught working against the public interest.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director (Public Affairs)

    Ministry of the Environment

     

    14th August 2017