• LAGOS APPREHENDS, ARRAIGNS TRUCK DRIVER FOR DISCHARGING SEWAGE IN DRAIN IN MILE 2

    Lagos State Government on Friday arraigned a sewage truck driver (name withheld) before a Magistrate Court Oshodi, for allegedly discharging sewage in a drain in the Amuwo Odofin Housing Estate, Mile 2.

    The suspect has been remanded by the magistrate till Tues February 6 and faces a possible prison sentence or a fine of N500,000 in line with provisions of 2017 Environmental Management Protection Law.

    The truck which allegedly discharges d sewage at the drain in front of Block 389 in the Amuwo Odofin Estate daily from 8pm till 5.30am has been impounded and detained at the Alausa Waste Water Treatment Plant.

    The State Waste Water Management Office also announced that the owner of the truck will additionally be arraigned before the Magistrate Court on Tuesday in addition to summoning the Association of Sewage Dislodgers to a meeting on Monday, February 5th, 2024 while surveillance will be stepped up at black spots #CleanerLagos

  • INNER STREET GATES REMOVAL IN LEKKI WAS IN THE LARGER INTEREST OF ALL RESIDENTS. ENV. COMMISSIONER

    Lagos Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Tokunbo Wahab on Tuesday told members of the Lekki Residents Association that the decision to remove inner street gates in Lekki 1 was taken in the larger interest of all residents of the state.

    Tokunbo Wahab who spoke at a stakeholders meeting convened by his transport counterpart, Mr Oluwaseun Oshiyemi at Alausa said it was a very painful decision that had to be taken because the State Government had the responsibility to regulate operations at Lekki 1 which is a government scheme.

    Saying the action was regrettable, Wahab said all the removed gates are intact and would be returned to the various zones of the residents association immediately after an amicable agreement is reached on modalities for re-installing the gates.

    He reiterated that part of the agreement must include a proviso that the gates cannot be shut before midnight and must have personnel manning them to ensure seamless entry and exit for all residents.

    He said part of what informed the decision to remove all the gates was to avoid a situation where the state would be accused of cherry-picking streets that had their gates pulled down.

    Wahab said part of the larger picture was that many people, areas, and institutions got away with infractions because they worked in silos and there was no synergy, adding that it has now become a thing of the past.

    He corrected the notion that only the Ministry of Transportation could deal with the removal of street gates, saying all ministries represent sub-units of one whole system which could be directed by Mr Governor because they are all linked and interrelated.

    Also speaking, Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Oluwaseun Oshiyemi said the meeting was not to apportion blame but to ensure that if the streets are to be gated, all laid down rules and regulations must be abided with.

    He added that while the state government is not keen to put the personal security of the Lekki 1 residents in jeopardy, it will also not jeopardize the free movement of people without let or hindrance as enshrined in the Constitution.

    Earlier, the Chairman of the Lekki Residents Association, Mr Yomi Idowu appealed to the state government to reconsider the decision to remove all the inner gates.

    He explained that following the directives of the Ministry of Transportation to the Lekki Residents Association to keep all the inner gates open, the association complied but had to contend with some recalcitrant street residents who refused to open theirs.

    He recalled that he also experienced the issue of non-admittance to some streets in Lekki 1 where he was asked to provide access codes which was unwarranted and condemnable.

    He attributed the indiscriminate erection of street gates to the experience residents of Lekki 1 had during the EndSARS riot which brought about a quest to protect themselves against intrusion.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE&WR
    January 9, 2024

  • LASG REWARDS EFAG OPERATIVES, ENCOURAGE THEM TO REMAIN COMMITTED

    …as EFAG Director bows out meritoriously

    The Lagos State Government on recently rewarded operatives of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) for their contribution to a flood free Lagos while encouraging them to be more committed in the new year.

    Speaking during the end of Year party and Award ceremony held at Alausa, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab said the state government would continue to provide the necessary equipment and support required for better service delivery.

    The Commissioner who spoke through the Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu said the team has been doing a good job in cleaning up secondary drains and manholes in the 52 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas across the state all year round.

    L-R, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji; his Counterpart in Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, outgoing Director, Drainage Maintenance/Emergency Flood Abatement Gang,(EFAG) Engr. Olalekan Ajani and his wife; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu during the 2023 Award and Appreciation Day for Men of Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) and last day in office of their Director, held recently at Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources Quadrangle, Alausa, Secretariat, Ikeja.

    He noted that Lagos state in recent times had not experienced serious flooding saying this was as a result of the various measures put in place by the Government and the continuous cleaning of the drains by the EFAG Team.

    “I would like to express appreciation to the EFAG team once again. Without the team, Lagos will be flooded and as such let me reiterate that the present administration would continue to support you and always put more packages in place; continue to work harder for free flood and sustainable environment.

    Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Olalekan Shodeide said the EFAG team remains the pride of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources adding that the team was created to intervene in black spots most especially for emergency to ensure free flow of all drainages.

    Special Adviser on Environment, (right) Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu, presenting a cheque, to the Lagos Island Area Manager of Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) Mr.Olabode Daodu, during the 2023 Award and Appreciation Day for Men of Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG),held recently at Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources Quadrangle, Alausa, Secretariat, Ikeja.

    He said government usually fetes and present awards to the team in various categories in form of cash reward every end of the year to motivate them and to show appreciation for the good job.

    He explained that the government has put in place proper health Insurance for them with Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) and Life Insurance Policy adding that necessary fund has also been allocated to the team in case of any accident.

    He added that the Ministry will continue to give the necessary support needed, for them to keep up with the good work at all time so that a flood free Lagos will be achieved year in year out.

    Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen who also graced the event, highlighted the responsibility of EFAG to clean drainages in all Local Governments and LCDA all through the year for easy passage of rainstorm water.

    He urged the team not to rest on its oars but continue to be committed to drainage maintenance in order to achieve a sustainable cleaner, healthier and safer environment.

    In the course of the event, the retiring Director Drainage Maintenance and EFAG Engr. Olalekan Ajani was also sent forth after attaining statutory age of 60 in the service of Lagos State Government.

    The out going Director was appreciated by the Environment family for his immense contribution to the achievement recorded in the Ministry through the EFAG team and drainage maintenance generally

    Various categories of awards were presented to outstanding operatives of EFAG team from different zones and their coordinators.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs )
    MOE&WR
    January 3, 2024

  • LAGOS DOORS ARE OPEN FOR COLLABORATION WITH FOREIGN INVESTORS-ENV.COMMISSIONER

    Lagos State Government on Wednesday expressed it’s readiness to collaborate with willing foreign investors to boost economic vibrancy in the state.

    The Commissioner for Environment and Water , Mr. Tokunbo Wahab made this known during a business meeting with officials of the Lekki Free zone at Alausa, Commissioner, saying that the present administration is committed to increasing business opportunities in every part of the state.

    Research Associate, Jing Song; Hon Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Managing Director, Lekki Free Zone, Mr Zhang Bin; Representative of Foreign Economic Cooperation Office, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China, Dr. Wang Zuguang; and Managing Director/CEO, Global Impact, Dr. Babatunde Osho, during a business Meeting on the 13th of December, 2023, with the Honourable Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, at the Ministry’s Conference room, Alausa Ikeja.

    PIX 8032-3 R-L; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde; Director, Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite as well as some Estate/Property owners and Residents of Orchid, Orall II, Ajiran, Agungi, Lekki county, Ikota GRA and Environs during a Stakeholders meeting in respect to properties that fall within the setback of the various channels in that axis, held at the Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources Conference room, on Thursday 14th of December 2023

    PIX 8032-3 R-L; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde; Director, Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite as well as some Estate/Property owners and Residents of Orchid, Orall II, Ajiran, Agungi, Lekki county, Ikota GRA and Environs during a Stakeholders meeting in respect to properties that fall within the setback of the various channels in that axis, held at the Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources Conference room, on Thursday 14th of December 2023

    Wahab said the state had invested massively in the Lekki free Zone corridor with the full awareness that the part of the State is the future of Nigeria.

    He emphasized that Lagos State is the only State in the Country with a clear cut climate change policy saying itbis partly traceable to its being a coastal city affected by the rising sea level.

    He stated that the state recently launched the phase II of the Lagos Climate Resilience and Adaptation policy, saying it demonstrate the readiness of the State in combating climate change Issues.

    Wahab maintained that the State was open for partnership and investment solid waste management, liquid waste and other environmental avenues.

    Wahab mentioned some local /rural areas where investment can be activated to benefit the communities and thereby change the narrative and enhance commitment to development in these areas.

    “It is not enough to have the commitment on paper; if you have the approach and desire to lift 50,000 households on solar belt out of the National grid and put them under this policy, this portrays commitment” he said.

    The Commissioner said that the state government has ramped up physical infrastructure in the lekki free zone highlighting road infrastructure from Akodo to Epe, Abraham Adesanya and free trade zone areas.

    In his response the Managing Director Lekki Free Zone Development Company Mr. Zhang Bin said his organisation and his country China was ready to support Lagos develop climate change initiatives in the Lekki Free Zone area.

    He stated that they were willing to share knowledge, find out needs of government for solar belt programmes in the communities around the free zone while also assisting with capacity building
    as well as improve power supply and livelihood of people in Africa.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE &WR

    December 13, 2023

  • LASG DIALOGUES MORE PROPERTY OWNERS ON DRAINAGE SETBACKS IN THE LEKKI, AJIRAN, AGUNGI AXIS

    …yields to plea, gives the property owners option of devising alternate solutions to re-establish setbacks, prevent demolitions

    The Lagos state Government Thursday continued its exploration of dialogue with property owners on drainage setbacks by meeting those on the corridor of Lekki County, Ikota GRA, Megamunds Estate, Ajiran, Agungi, Orchid, Oral II and environs, yielding to their plea to be given time to come up with workable options that will reestablish the setbacks without demolitions.

    Acting on the directives of HC MOE&WR, Tokunbo Wahab, operatives of the Lagos Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences, Thursday cleared shanties at the Toll gate area of Victoria Island

    Speaking with the property owners and residents at Alausa, State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, who was flanked by Special Adviser Environment, Kunle Rotimi-Akodu said the State is committed to re -establishing the drainage setbacks which has now been totally blocked by some residents or converted to access roads.

    “The State government would be humane in its approach to reclaim the drainage right of and we will give property owners and residents opportunity to profer a solution to the reclaiming of the setback till a particular date in order to reduce the number of structures that would be affected”Wahab stated.

    He explained to the representatives from Megamunds Estate that the System 44A that cut through Ikota GRA and Megamunds is a 19.5 meters (Width) channel but has been blocked by Ikota GRA and Lekki County property owners and residents.

    He said the government is determined to find a realistic solution to the flooding in the areas and as a result of this , the 31metres drainage alignment would be reestablished and 6metres setback on both sides would be recovered.

    He said all property owners whose fences fell within the drainage setback will be served mandatory contravention notices as the law demands while enforcement will be the last option.

    “As regards this alignment; we will serve notices as required by Law and reestablish the one for System 44; No one would tell the State Government that the canal did not exist before constructions commenced” He said.

    “I would like to let you know that a layout can be approved based on what Developers make available but if the layout does not reflect the natural alignment, then I can’t blame Physical planning but the developers that failed to get their drainage clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources” He added.

    He told the stakeholders from Ajiran and Agungi drainage channel that the government is committed to re -establishing the drainage setback which has now been converted to an access road into residents home.

    He said this conversion had made it difficult to access the canal for purposes of cleaning because it had been converted to private use.

    He emphasized that the government and stakeholders along Ajiran/ Agungi channel would have to initial an aggrement on how the property would take ownership of the drainage channel and see to the maintenance of the channel permanently.

    He informed them that the officials of Ministry would serve letters to affected buildings next week to let them know when the aggrement would be signed.

    Earlier, he had another meeting with property owners on Orchid and Oral II estate on the corridor of System 156 and 157 Channel along Ikota River where the commissioner affirmed that both channels have been totally blocked by illegal structures without drainage approvals.

    He said property owners whose buildings and fences fall within the approved seven meters setback on both sides of the channel had earlier been served 7 days contravention notices which had expired.

    During the meeting, affected property owners pleaded with the Commissioner to temper justice with mercy and grant the residents the opportunity to come up with possible solutions to salvage the situation.


    The Commissioner thereafter urged developers and builders to always seek drainage approvals before commencing any building project.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE &WR
    December 14th 2023

  • LASG ,BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION TO PARTNER ON WASTE ENERGY/ RECYCLING

    The Lagos State Government and British High Commission in Nigeria is set to partner on generation of energy from solid waste as well as recycling for an improved Economy.

    Speaking during a business visit to the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources by Delegates from the British High Commission, Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab said Lagos is ready and open for business opportunities in the Environment Sector.

    Head of Economic Development, Climate and Energy, British High Commission Abuja, Sally Woolhouse; Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Director Education Unit, Mrs. Monsurat Banire; Team Leader, Green Cities and Infrastructures Project, Oliver Bance and Representative of Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Director Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr; Mahmood Adegbite, during a Courtesy visit of delegates from the British High Commission the Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources on 7th December, 2023.

    According to him, public Service is majorly about the people and what can be done to impact the lives of the people positively.

    Wahab expressed elation at the amendments to the Electricity Bill which allows the State to have the concurrent power to generate electricity and distribute to the citizens.

    He mentioned that in times past, exclusive empowerment of the Federal Government to solely determine generation, distribution and transmission of electricity had been a hindrance to many states initiative.

    L-R; Senior Political Adviser, British High Commission, Mr. Wale Adebajo; Head of Economic Development, Climate and Energy, British High Commission Abuja, Sally Woolhouse; Team Leader, Green Cities and Infrastructures Project, Oliver Bance and Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab during a Courtesy visit of delegates from the British High Commission, Nigeria,
    to Lagos State Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources on 7th December, 2023.

    The Commissioner speaking on Climate financing, said the State was open to investment opportunities and partnership saying it is time for stakeholders to have pure work plans and be very realistic and deliberate about actions to combat the environmental scourge.

    “We understand there are yardsticks for investment but the criteria used in European countries cannot be used in third World developing countries because the realities are quite different”, he said.

    He said countries that depend on fossil fuels cannot be abruptly stopped without presenting and making available options adding that 80% of the average Nigerian income comes from Fossil fuels.

    He explained that solid waste management is a major issue for the state, as the state generates 13,000 – 15,000 tones of waste daily stressing that the PSP waste collection system needs support in finding creative ways in management of the dumpsites.

    He commended the will of the present administration to implement policies regarding Environmental issues particularly solid waste management as displayed in the recent signing of a Memmorandum Of Understanding (MOU) on environmental issues with private investors on ways is generate energy from dumpsite as well as waste is wealth.

    He emphasized that Government would continue to step up its advocacy and sensitization against unwholesome waste disposal by the people.

    “The change of heart from the people is very important as the continued dumping of refuse in the canals and drains will come back to haunt us all” he said.

    He added that people should be more circumspect with the way they deal with nature saying whatever they give to the nature is what you will get back to them either positive or negative.

    In the area of flood control, Wahab appealed to residents to effectively pursue approvals for their building from Ministry of Physical Planning and Ministry of the Environment for Drainage approvals and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) before embarking on building projects to avoid demolition of such buildings in future.

    In her response, the Head of Economic Development, Climate and Energy, British High Commission Abuja, Sally Woolhouse, said the Commission was interested in partnership with the state on Climate Financing Infrastructure as well as trade investments.

    She explained that the Commission was interested on how to increase the flow of finance to Nigeria generally especially Lagos State, adding that other areas of interest includes waste energy and waste recycling which have both Climate and Economic benefits in flood resilience and Water management.

    The Director, Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite mentioned that Government is in discussion and awaiting the state EXCO approval for introducing the Sustainable Urban Development System which is about proper water management

    He said the SUDS will ensure all residents construct a retention ponds
    in their houses as this system reduces the amount of storm water released in to the drainages.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director, Public Affairs (MOE&WR)
    Dec 7, 2023

  • Hon. Commissioner unveils Lagos Climate Adaptation & Resilience Plan (LCARP) at COP28 in Dubai

    I am delighted to have addressed the distinguished guests, and esteemed delegates at the Lagos State Side event on the Lagos Climate Adaptation & Resilience Plan (LCARP) in the Nigeria Pavilion at the ongoing #COP28    in Dubai, UAE.

    Lagos, our beloved city, with its vibrant heartbeat and dynamic spirit, faces a significant challenge. Our position as a coastal city, with its low-lying geography, exposes us to the harsh realities of climate change. This isn’t a hypothetical threat; it’s an immediate concern, endangering our livelihoods, our homes, and the infrastructure that is the backbone of our city.

    Today marks a significant milestone in our journey towards sustainability and resilience. I am proud to announce that we have successfully completed Phase 2 of our Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan, or LCARP. This achievement is a testament to our commitment and is the second of four planned phases in our strategic response to climate challenges.

    Two of our key initiatives – the advanced garbage collection and Waste-to-Energy project, and the new sewage treatment plant – have attracted significant investor interest. I was happy to discuss our waste-to-energy project in more detail with our guests at the event.

    But this journey, my people, is not one for the government alone. It’s a collective endeavour. Your involvement is essential. Therefore, alongside raising awareness, we are implementing stringent environmental regulations to ensure a sustainable and resilient future for Lagos.

    Our progress under LCARP has been substantial. We’ve identified over 30 projects, covering critical areas from waste management to transportation. Of these, 14 are ideal for Public-Private Partnerships, reflecting our dedication to transforming Lagos into a model of urban sustainability.

    We must now head back home with these burdens and get straight to work. The task of building a greater, climate-adaptive Lagos is now in all of our hands.

    I extend an invitation to each one of you – Lagosians, partners, stakeholders, and global citizens – to join us in this noble journey. Together, we can build a Lagos, and indeed a Nigeria, that is resilient, sustainable, and prosperous for all.

    #GreenerLagos #CleanerLagos
    #AGreaterLagosRising
    @jidesanwoolu @drobafemihamzat @followlasg @LasgMOE

    Tokunbo Wahab
    HC MOE&WR

  • LASG APPRAISES PRE-EMINENT ROLE OF TEACHERS IN STUDENTS DEVELOPMENT

    The Lagos State Government on Tuesday appraised the pre-eminent roles teachers play in the mental and collective development of students, saying they helped develop various learners’ skills amongst them.

    “Teachers help their students develop an awareness of creative, dynamic, effective and efficient environmental
    protection and management responsibilities” he said

    The Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen stated this at the 2023 Annual Symposium Exercise for Environmental Bees Club Handlers held at Ikeja, added that teachers helped students develop aptitudes necessary to
    understand ecological issues.

    L-R; Desk Officer, Lagos State Education District 3, Mr.Tayo Olubodun; Deputy Director, Mrs. Omolara Brown; Director Environment Education Unit, Mrs Monsurat Banire; Guest Lecturer, Dr. Sheteolu Pereira; and Mrs. Cynthia Oseni-Elama, during a one day Symposium for Environmental Bees Club (EBC) Handlers in Secondary Schools in Lagos State, held on 28th of November, 2023, at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCl), Dr. Nurudeen Olowopopo drive, Ikeja Lagos State.

    Deputy Director, Environmental Education Unit, Mrs. Omolara Brown; Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services and Director Environmental Education Unit, Mrs Monsurat Banire; Guest Lecturer, Dr. Sheteolu Pereira; and Mrs. Cynthia Oseni-Elama, during a one day Symposium for Environmental Bees Club(EBC) Handlers in Secondary Schools in Lagos State, held on 28th of November, 2023, at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCl), Dr. Nurudeen Olowopopo drive, Ikeja

    The Director, Environmental Education Unit , Mrs. Monsurat Banire who represented the Permanent Secretary explained that the EBC handlers are committed teachers in public and private schools that coordinate the activities of Bees Club members as well as inculcate attitudinal change in students on issues pertaining to the environment.

    He added that the activities of the handlers are guided by the harmonized EBC manual that is actively employed to engage the students during the co-curricular activities on environmental issues every Wednesday in schools across the State.

    He said this year’s symposium was a platform for Handlers to exchange ideas and get information about issues
    relating to the environment as teachers are kept abreast of recent developments in environmental sector, with the aim of
    cascading this knowledge to Environmental Bees Club
    members.

    He added that the annual symposium organised for EBC Handlers in Lagos state schools is one of the commitments of the present Administration to ensure environmental
    sustainability in schools, using bottom-up approach.

    According to him,
    I appreciate the EBC Handlers for their exemplary leadership,
    commitment and excellent support as you all have played a pivotal role in catching the EBC members young and motivating them to be environmentally literate, Environmental
    ambassadors in their communities and the state at large.

    In a welcome address, an Assistant Director, Environmental Education Unit, Mrs. Omolara Brown said the activities of the Handlers in schools have greatly empowered and enlightened the students and the young adults in the society on sustainable greener initiatives and various economic gains

    “Today we are here to learn facts about the environment and to be part of the change agents in our society while catching them young” she said.

    During his presentation, titled : Home/School/Urban Gardening for Environmental Sustainability, Dr. Pereira Sheteolu noted that planting of crops at any available space is refered to as urban agriculture /homestead farming which embraces fish farming, livestock, goat, layers, sheep, fruits and vegetables amongst others.

    He said homestead farming is an operational farming that is mainly for satisfying household needs as well as improved Nutrition that ensures availability of food all year round.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    November 28, 2023

  • DRAINAGE SETBACKS: LASG ISSUES 7 DAY ULTIMATUM TO OWNERS OF STRUCTURES AT ORCHID RD, AGUNGI & AJIRAN ALONG IKOTA RIVER.

    The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab on Sunday issued a seven day contravention notice to owners of buildings lying within the seven meter setback on Orchid rd, Agungi, Ajiran, Conservation Road, Osapa all along the Ikota River.

    Wahab made the declaration alongside the Special Adviser Environment, Mr Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu after an extensive inspection tour which lasted till dusk to System 156 and 157 Channel along Ikota River.

    L-R; Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde; Director Drainage Construction, Engr. Dapo Ajadi; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; and Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; during an inspection on Sunday 26th of November, 2023, to Drainage Alignments, at Oral 2 Estate, Lekki, Lagos State.

    Director Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite; Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; and Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; during an inspection on Sunday 26th of November, 2023, to some Drainage alignments, at Oral Estate II, Lekki, Lagos State.

    Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde; Director Drainage Construction, Engr. Dapo Ajadi; Director Drainage, Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite; Hon.Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; and Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; during an inspection tour on the 26th of November, 2023, to some Land reclamation sites around Chevron drive in Lekki, Lagos State.

    Hon.Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Special Adviser on Environment Mr Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; Director Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite; Director Drainage Construction, Engr. Dapo Ajadi; and Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, during an inspection tour on 26th of November,2023, to some reclamation sites, around Chevron drive, Lekki, Lagos State.

    The inspection tour was to ascertain the level of compliance by property owners whose buildings and fences fall within the approved seven meters setback on both sides of the channel and had been given the option of voluntary compliance.

    Wahab charged Lagosians to respect the State Drainage Master Plan to avoid properties demolition asserting that there was no going back on the decision of the state to enforce the law and reclaim Drainage setbacks following the expiration of the notices issued.

    Wahab informed that the Nigerian Conservation Foundation had earlier written a petition complaning about several distortions saying that there had been a lot of distortion on their roads.

    The distortion affected the natural habitat of animals in the foundation as well as on Orchid road where a lot of damage had been done to the drainage channel designed to take storm water from the communities into the Lagoon.

    He said State had been humane in its approach to reclaim the drainage right of way hence the review of the setback alignment from the original seven metres to six metres after a meeting with property owners in order to reduce the number of structures to be affected.

    “We cannot keep lampooning Government for flooding when developers, builders and residents themselves are the main cause of flooding; we shall continue to enforce because that is why laws are made. Without law and order, there cannot be development, this level of bad behaviour must stop, he said”.

    The Commissioner and his team also visited Oral Estate II along system 156 Igbo Efon where the Primary Channel was found to have been totally blocked by illegal structures without drainage aprovals.

    He also visited Agungi, Ajiran and Osapa where notices had earlier been served, saying that final decisions will be undertaken having seen the level of encroachment as regards the setbacks of Primary Channel and Secondary Collectors in the areas.

    He explained that the System 156 Ikota river channel is originally 46 metres while property owners and residents on the corridor have reduced the size, adding that all those that have contravened and whose properties fell within the original meters of the channel setback on both sides have the next seven days to remove them as enforcement would commence immediately after expiration of the notices.

    In the course of the tour, the Commissioner visited Chevron Drive, where he issued a stop work order to Gravitas company, owners of Grace Ville Island and Pocket Island owing to the fact that the construction company had sand filled part of Ikota River thereby reducing the size of the lagoon from the original 250 meters designed to accommodate free flow of water.

    “The lagoon is a natural path , people have started reclamation to cover up the path and narrow it; you cannot narrow the path of water, if you do, water will naturally create another path and this is dangerous for everyone, he said”

    Ealier in the day, the Commissioner supervised the demolition of shanties on Thompson Avenue following petitions by residents that strange faces and ladies of easy virtues were always lining up the streets at night which is a security risk for the whole state and Ikoyi environ especially.

    “At 6am this morning we came in and what we saw was unimaginable and we had to pull down these illegal structures, evacuate, make some arrest and charged them to court; by tomorrow we will have full possession of the land, he said.

    He urged all illegal squatters to relocate outrightly as the government is determined to rid the state of shanties or any environmental infractions that dot the landscape irrespective of the location adding that the present administration will not allow individuals who have no business in the state become environmental nuisance and security risk in the state.

    He urged developers, builders and property owners to effectively pursue approvals for their building from Ministry of Physical Planning and Ministry of the Environment for Drainage approvals and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) before embarking on building projects to avoid demolition.

    The Special Adviser on Environment noted that Lagos despite its peculiarities as a coastal state with low-lying terrains and a high population density among others has not been has remained afloat because of various measures put in place by the government.

    He explained that the state government embarked on a comprehensive all year round cleaning and maintenance dredging of drainage channels/canals and construct new drainages where and when necessary to find a lasting solution to flooding across the state.

    He called for the full participation of citizens in governance as well as full participation by the communities and governmental bodies at all levels to achieve great improvements in the environmental sanitation, maintenance and sustainable environment.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    November 27, 2023

  • 2023 World Toilet Day Celebration

    Dr Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services said the designated public toilets must be in line with the extant regulatory permit granted to them by respective government Agencies vis a vis Environmental Impact Assessment approval.

    Earlier in his address, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen noted that World Toilet Day has since become an annual event that provides a platform to promote awareness against open defecation.

     

    He added that the event also promote awareness against other acts that pollutes the environment, contaminate our water, air and soil, causing spread of diseases and eroding human dignity.

    According to him, It is aimed at encouraging behavioural changes, sensitization and raising awareness on the need to improve sanitation and advocate access to clean and safe toilet facilities for the benefit of the Citizenry.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    November 20, 2023