• Noise Pollution: Lagos State Does Not Discriminate Enforcement

    Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency has said that it does not in any way discriminate in the discharge of its duties when implementing the Lagos State law on eradication of noise pollution across the State.

    This declaration was made by the General Manager of the Agency, Engr. Adebola Shabi while addressing newsmen in his office on Friday

    According to Engr Shabi, the essence of government was to serves the interest of the people and the present administration of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode was determined to bequeath a functional and healthy environment to the people, adding that the Lagos State Government desired a clean sustainable environment for all Lagosians.

    The General Manager said that LASEPA as the regulator of pollution in the State was empowered to rid the state of any form of pollution, saying that “the agency as the Environment regulator has been monitoring the state environment without fear or favour. The Agency has been enforcing Environmental regulation around the State based on petitions received from the public and there are procedures which the Agency adopts in carrying out its operation”.

    According to him, “Upon receipt of any petition, the Agency sends out its inspection team to ascertain the true state of things. On identifying any Environmental infraction, the Agency summons the parties involved to a mediation meeting, where memoranda of understanding are usually written for abatement of the environmental nuisance by the concerned parties. It is after such agreements were seen to be violated by any party that the Agency enforces compliance, by shutting down the defaulter” he said.

    Engr Shabi, emphasized that the Agency was not biased in its operations and that at no time had the Administration of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode directed the Agency to go after any particular religion or faith, as the Governor is a Governor for all Lagosians and this is evident in his developmental projects which are being spread across the State, for the benefit of people in all walks of life, irrespective of tribe, religion or class.

    He maintained that the number of Churches, Mosques, Companies and organizations being shut by LASEPA for environmental offences were all based on petition received from the public regardless of the faith or belief such petition fall into.

    Engr Shabi enjoined all Lagosians to co-operate with the Agency and the Government to ensure that they do not in any way contribute to this menace of Noise and Air pollution as the Agency will not hesitate to go after offenders whenever petitions are raised by members of the public.

     

     

     

     

  • Lasg Tasks Nurtw, Market Associations On Sanitation

    The Lagos State Government has charged members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Market Associations in Ojo and Iba Local Government Areas to ensure cleanliness of their environment.

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare gave this charge during a meeting with the representatives of the transport union, the market associations of Olasunde, Alaworo, Afolabi-Ege and Alaba in LASU-Iba axis and Lagos State University (LASU), in his office at Alausa on Tuesday.

    The representative of LASU, Dr. Bikoye Abiodun had complained about the unsanitary condition of the surroundings of the institutions caused by the activities of the transport union and the market associations.

    Dr. Abiodun said that the traders and members of the transport union were fond of defacing the compound of the University and its immediate surroundings with refuse and feacal matters, stressing that all efforts to chase the perpetrators away have always proven abortive.

    He therefore called on Lagos State Government to come to the aid of the institution as according to him, “LASU cannot do it alone.”

    The Sole Administrators of Ojo and Iba Local Government Areas, Mr. Sanni Abdulahi and Mr. Yisa Abiola respectively corroborated that efforts made to curb menace of the transport union and market associations had proven abortive.

    Adejare who stressed government’s intolerance to trading in unapproved places, indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorized places and open defecation/urination, urged the concerned markets and transport workers in Ojo to respect Lagos State Environmental Laws by paying due attention to the sanitation of their markets and their surroundings.

    The Environment Commissioner therefore directed members of NURTW to return to the spot originally allocated to them and improve on the sanitation of the area with the provision of at least five mobile toilets while Alaba Rago should be fenced and provided with toilet facilities, adding that all concerned should comply with this directive within one week.

    Adejare maintained that government’s zero tolerance for trading on the streets and highways was still very much in place, saying traders should conduct their business in a way that would not inconvenience other Lagosians.

    He further stated that with the new Solid Waste Management System, in the State, the Cleaner Lagos Initiative would soon usher in a more efficient solid waste collection system in which competent waste collectors would be deployed to handle waste generated in markets on regular basis.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Head, Public Affairs & Research

    4th July, 2017

  • LASG Activates Sanitation Intervention Programme

    To address the challenge of refuse littering some parts of Lagos State during the State’s transition to the new solid waste management system, the Lagos State Government has activated a sanitation intervention programme.

    The Sanitation Intervention Programme, which became necessary to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the effort to achieve a clean, hygienic State, has afforded the State Government the opportunity to evacuate refuse from the nooks and crannies of the state as the intervention, which began since the third week of June, 2017, has taken place in all LGAs and LCDAs in Lagos State.

    Consequently, refuse dumped indiscriminately in places such as Ojuwoye, Mushin, Eti-Osa, Agege, Alimosho, Ojo, Ikeja, Badagary, Oshodi-Isolo, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland etc, have been promptly carted away in order to restore clean, hygienic environment in those areas.

    The intervention programme is a fall out of the fact that Lagos State is currently going through a transition in the management of solid waste generated in the State.

    It should be recalled that the Akinwunmi Ambode Administration, being so passionate about the environment, has taken the bold step to initiate a reform in the sector with the introduction of an holistic, more sustainable and efficient system, tagged the Cleaner Lagos Initiative to replace the old order.

    As in every transitional period, the litters of refuse being witnessed in some parts of the State is part of the temporary challenges of the transition to the new system of solid waste management in Lagos State, which will soon be a thing of the past as the Cleaner Lagos Initiative takes full effect in few weeks to come.

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

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Assistant Director (Public Affairs)

    3rd July, 2017

  • LASG Reassures Lagosians On Environmental Law

    The Lagos State Government has reassured Lagosians that the new environmental law is in the interest of all as it is not out to bring any hardship whatsoever on the people.

    This was made known by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde while responding to press interview in Alausa on Thursday.

    According to Ayorinde, the law, which is in tandem with the reforms in the environment sector, was aimed at chating a new direction in recognition of the fact that water, sanitation and hygiene are non-negotiable requisites in a mega city like Lagos.

    He noted that the rapid growth of Lagos, its dream of 24-hour economy and government’s financial limitations had made it necessary to make investor-friendly laws to attract the desired investment in the environment sector.

    “With the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, the government reassures all and sundry of its determination to clean the environment in our state and we are already taking the necessary steps in that direction”, he stated.

    While stressing that the Government would not be frustrated in its determination to achieve a cleaner Lagos by seeming vested interests working against the state, he assured that all issues pertaining to the Cleaner Lagos Initiative would be addressed shortly.

    Ayorinde stated categorically that there was no such thing as criminalizing individuals having boreholes, adding that only boreholes dug for commercial purposes required license or payment and this is not a new practice as it has been in existence.

    His words: “The position of the law today as provided in sections 253 and 259 of the Environmental Management and Protection laws as it relates to construction of borehole or well has not changed from what it used to be. Firstly, Landlords are free to dig or construct boreholes in their houses without any permit or license, provided that the regulation on location of such borehole is followed, that is the borehole or well must not be sited near soak away or septic tank.

    “Secondly, please note that License is required ONLY by landlords that intend to construct borehole or well for commercial or industrial use, meaning if you dig or construct to sell or for industrial use, you need location permit”, he stressed.

    He urged Lagosians to team up with the government and work for the realisation of its development agenda and sustainability goals, particularly as it relates to the reforms in the environment sector where the people are the direct beneficiary of 27,500 new jobs, a cleaner state, and all-year-round drainage management for effective and efficient flood control, among others.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Head, Public Affairs and Research

    Ministry of the Environment

    16th March, 2017

  • Otedola Bridge Drainage Works: LASG Urges Motorists’ Cooperation

    The Lagos State Government has urged Motorists plying Otedola under bridge to cooperate with Traffic Officials as traffic under the bridge will be narrowed to a single lane for four days, starting from Wednesday 15th March 2017 when the excavation works of the on-going construction of Omole Jubilee Estate/Agiliti drainage channel commences.

    The excavation works are to give room for the construction of culverts to de-flood Omole, Magodo, Shangisha, Agiliti, Mile 12, Otedola under bridge and part of Alausa.

    Motorists are hereby enjoined to drive carefully and maintain a single lane, starting from the commencement date of the excavation works.

    Lagosians are assured of the determination of the Lagos State Government to ensure a flood-free Lagos.

     

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Head, Public Affairs & Research

    Ministry of the Environment

    13th March, 2017

  • LASG Assures Residents On Rainfall

    The Lagos State Government has assured residents that it will do everything possible to ensure that the reports of high rainfall which may result in flash flooding in some communities along Ogun-Osun River and the adverse weather predictions by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMET) do not impact negatively on the citizens.

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare stated this during a media chat on Year 2017 Seasonal Rainfall Predictions and its Socio-Economic Implications for Lagos State at the weekend.

     

    The Nigeria Meteorological Agency in its 2017 Annual Rainfall Predictions released recently had alerted that there would be an increased frequency of extreme weather events which connote that year 2017 would likely experience days with extremely high rainfall amounts which would result in flash flooding.

     

    Adejare said according to NiMET predictions, Lagos rainfall amount was expected to have a normal rainfall amount while neighbouring States like Ogun and Oyo would have above normal rainfall.

     

    According to the Commissioner, the predictions indicated that that Lagos would have an early rainfall onset date by 3-7 days range while flooding was expected to occur within communities residing along the course of the Ogun-Osun River in the State as a result of the above the normal rainfall from Ogun and Oyo.

     

    He mentioned that Ikeja in Lagos, according to the predictions, was expected to have a rainfall onset date of 18th March with a margin of error of three days while its cessation date was expected to be 3rd of December. Ikeja would also have about 260 days of rainfall and about 1362mm of rainfall in year 2017 as compared to an actual of 170 days and about 1000-1250mm of rainfall in year 2016.

     

    Adejare said that the report indicated further that Lagos Island was expected to have a rainfall onset date of 20th March with a margin of error of three days while its cessation date is expected to be 7th of December. It is also expected that Lagos Island will have about 262 days of rainfall and about 1612mm of rainfall over the year.

     

    Adejare disclosed that the predictions of the Agency were valuable as vital weather and early warning tools for planners, decision makers and operators of the various sectors and businesses that might be impacted by the annual rainfall, if not well managed

    Re-assuring Lagosians on the issue of floods, especially in a coastal area like Lagos, the Commissioner said that it is natural that, “sometimes when it rains, we are likely to have flashfloods on our roads as normal occurrences all over the world. As long as the drains are clean, we should be assured that, in a matter of time, the flash flood will disappear.”

    According to him, it is only when flood remains on the roads for days that we can report that the place is flooded. It must be noted that, anytime the Lagoon level rises, it will “lock up” our drainage channels and until it recedes, there will be no discharge. Occurrences like these also cause backflows, resorting to flooding. But as soon as the Lagoon recedes, all the generated storm water will immediately discharge and our roads will be free.

    He disclosed, “The Lagos State Government has a long-established synergy and partnership with Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority and this has resulted to a moderated mutual control and monitoring of the steady and systematic release of water from Oyan and Ikere Gorge Dams by the Authority. This is a mutual relationship which we cherish and we shall continue to sustain.

    The Commissioner said that the low-lying Agiliti, Agboyi, Itowolo and Ajegunle communities in Lagos State are also being closely monitored with respect to the likelihood of Ogun River flooding.” The Ogun River is particularly monitored to ensure that the threshold or maximum level of 3.0 m above sea level is not achieved before the alarm of flooding is raised,

    According to him, the State has since last year embarked on massive clearing and dredging of primary and secondary channels/collectors in the State, expansion of existing drainage channels, in order to contain more storm water, lining of many earth channels, to ensure flow efficiency, strengthening of Resident Engineers/Drainage Maintenance Officers to oversee drainage matters in all our Local Government Areas/LCDA’s across the State and regular Monitoring and oversights of storm water.

    Adejare appealed to Lagosians to desist from acts that can lead to flooding, indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorised places, clogging drains with silt or construction materials, erecting structures within and around drainage Right of Way and setbacks. According to him, “Lagosians are advised to report cases of blockages, dumping of waste into canals and other unauthorised places to our Resident Engineers.

    The Commissioner pointed out that the way to go this year is the Cleaner Lagos Initiative which will ensure a flood-free, hygienic and aesthetically beautiful environment,” adding, “Irrespective of the Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP), we are preparing for the worst scenarios. He declared that, with the help of Almighty God and support of our people, no disaster shall visit us in Lagos. And we shall always keep to the promise of reducing incidences of flood to the barest minimum.”

    Adejare advised Lagosians who reside along flood plains, coastal and low-lying wetland areas near major rivers e.g. Ikorodu, Owode, Iwaya, Makoko, Badia, Ijora,  Isaalu, Pota, Shibiri etc, to always be on the alert and be ready to relocate, when the need arises.  He maintained that government shall, as usual, notify such residents at the appropriate time. He also urged motorists to observe prescribed speed limits during the rainy reason, to avoid loss of lives and property.

    The Commissioner urged advertising and communication agencies to be cautious and ensure the safety of billboards and telecommunication mast as a result of the strong winds expected during the onset and cessation of every rainfall.

    Similarly, he advised aviation industries to take note that the predicted harmattan will cause reduction in visibility which will lead to flight disruption and loss of revenue due to delays and cancellations.

    He remarked that all relevant security and emergency agencies would be adequately informed to be ever ready for any negative effects of flooding. ”All emergency agencies, traffic management agencies and other emergency related outfits will be put on the alert to assist in reducing the havoc that may arise from the incidents of flooding in the State.”

    Adejare assured Lagosians that that the officials of Lagos State Government are available to attend to Lagosians. “Our Drainage Engineers will be “on ground” and be available in all our 57 Local Governments and Council Development Areas to attend to all our needs, during and after the rainy season.”