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  • Lagos Dedicate August Sanitation To Ebola Preventive Campaign

    As the Statewide Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise holds on Saturday 30th August 2014, between the hours of 7.00am-10.00am across the state, the Lagos State Government has dedicated the August sanitation exercise towards massive advocacy campaign and demonstration of preventive measures to curb the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, said that as a responsible and responsive Government, the Lagos State Government would continue to be in the fore front of the campaign for a healthier and sustainable environment.

    Over the years the present administration in the state have continued to educate Lagosians to desist from unhygienic acts like open urination, open defecation, cleaning of our Environment and proper waste management, as its consequences are grievous.

    Now that we have an index case of the Ebola virus disease in the state, this is now a wakeup call for all Lagosians to desist from unhygienic acts that could spread the disease.

    The Ministry during the August Sanitation Exercise is to demonstrate some preventive steps and ways to prevent spread of the disease.

    The Commissioner further emphasized the State Government’s Zero Tolerance for acts such as defecating and urinating in the public, street trading, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and constructions of structures along drainage alignments.

    As a prevent measure to prevent the spread of Ebola Disease, the commissioner urged Lagosians to troop out in large numbers and actively participate in the statewide exercise, stressing that efforts should be further concentrated on the cleaning of drains, Canals and fumigation of our environment, in order to completely eliminate the disease in the state.

    Similarly, Lagosians are advised to sustain the Solid Waste Management Programme of the State Government through the patronage of LAWMA/PSP operators for the disposal of their solid waste and LSWMO for waste water management challenges. He noted that when waste water is not properly discharged it could lead to spread of communicable diseases.

    He also warned residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from this illegal act as it is inimical to the wellbeing of Lagosians.

    Tunji Bello also warned interstate Bus Operators, Luxurious Bus Operators, Transport Owners and Road Transport Workers Association to comply with the restriction of Human/vehicular movement order between 7.00am-10.00am as any vehicle caught violating this order would be dealt with appropriately, while passengers in such vehicles would be prosecuted according to the State Environmental Sanitation Laws.

    He further stated that Law Enforcement Agents including Nigerian Police and officials from LASTMA and KAI have been fully mobilized to enforce the non-restriction of movement order and warned that violators would be prosecuted according to the State Environmental Sanitation Laws.

    Fola Adeyemi
    Ministry of the Environment

  • Weather Forecost For November 4th – November 10th, 2014 by Olaimolu S.O (Mrs), Senior Meteorologist

    • The week is expected to be warm in temperature with cases of rainfall in the State.
    • Maximum temperature expected all through this week is 31oC while the Minimum temperature of 25oC is expected.
    • The trade wind over the country is Westerly (i.e. moisture laden winds from Pacific Ocean), hence cool moist air is blowing over the country.
    • Drains around homes and public places should be well maintained to allow easy flow of storm waters so as to prevent flooding and the breeding of mosquitoes (malaria causing parasite).
    • Health service sector should strengthen her contingency against cases of joint pains, headaches, rheumatism, catarrh, pneumonia, asthma and other respiratory/ circulating related illnesses which will be rampant during this wet season especially in older citizen.
    • The construction / cleaning of drainages in flood prone areas within the state should be intensified as heavy rains are imminent.
    • Construction companies should be prepared for raining days and be mindful of the effect of storm water on concrete works.
    • Famers should make good use of the normal rainfall to plant crops like Maize which could be harvested twice a year.
    • Proper care of livestock and other farm products should be ensured.
    • please note that fishing and other activities on water bodies will be affected due to rise in water level therefore fisher men, divers, commercial boat riders and there passengers should be safety conscious to prevent water accident!
    • All residents within water catchments should be advised to immediately commence relocation / evacuation to safer grounds due to rise in water level. Therefore all agencies, the emergency agency, the traffic agency, road repair, Power Holding Authority, and all related bodies should put in place measures to reduce accidents that may occur due to flooding within and around the State.
    • Motorists are to maintain minimum speed whenever it rains!
    • The strong winds expected during onset and cessation of every rainfall, calls for caution therefore advertising and communication agencies are hereby advised to ensure the safety of their bill boards, and telecommunication mast respectively.

  • Weather Forecost For November 11th – November 18th, 2014 by Olaimolu S.O (Mrs), Senior Meteorologist

    •The week is expected to be warm in temperature with cases of scattered rainfall in the State.
    •Maximum temperature expected all through this week is 30oC while the Minimum temperature of 24oC is expected.
    •The trade wind over the country is Westerly (i.e. moisture laden winds from Pacific Ocean), hence cool moist air is blowing over the country.
    •Drains around homes and public places should be well maintained to allow easy flow of storm waters, this will prevent flooding and the breeding of mosquitoes (malaria causing parasite).
    •Health service sector should strengthen her contingency against cases of joint pains, headaches, rheumatism, catarrh, pneumonia,
    asthma and other respiratory/ circulating related illnesses which will be rampant during this season especially in older citizen.
    •The construction/ cleaning of drainages in flood prone areas within the state should continue.
    •Construction companies should expect better weather condition this week hence major works should be done on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    •Famers should make good use of the normal rainfall to plant crops like Maize which could be harvested twice a year.
    •Proper care of livestock and other farm products should be ensured, it is important that adequate water is provided for poultry birds to combat the hot temperature expected this week.
    •please note that fishing and other activities on water bodies will be affected due to rise in water level therefore fisher men, divers, commercial boat riders and there passengers should be safety conscious to prevent water accident!
    •All residents within water catchments should be advised to immediately commence relocation / evacuation to safer grounds due to rise in water level. Therefore all agencies, the emergency agency, the traffic agency, road repair, Power Holding Authority, and all related bodies should put in place measures to reduce accidents that may occur due to flooding within and around the State.

  • Weather Forecost For November 18th – November 24th, 2014 by Olaimolu S.O (Mrs), Senior Meteorologist

    •The week is expected to be warm in temperature with cases of scattered rainfall in the State.

    •Maximum temperature expected all through this week is 30oC while the Minimum temperature of 24oC is expected.

    •The trade wind over the country is Westerly (i.e. moisture laden winds from Pacific Ocean), hence cool moist air is blowing over the country.

    •Drains around homes and public places should be well maintained to allow easy flow of storm waters, this will prevent flooding and the breeding of mosquitoes (malaria causing parasite).

    •Health service sector should strengthen her contingency against cases of joint pains, headaches, rheumatism, catarrh, pneumonia, asthma and other respiratory/ circulating related illnesses which will be rampant during this season especially in older citizen.

    •The construction/ cleaning of drainages in flood prone areas within the state should continue.

    •Construction companies should expect better weather condition this week hence major works should be done on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    •Famers should make good use of the normal rainfall to plant crops like Maize which could be harvested twice a year.

    •Proper care of livestock and other farm products should be ensured, it is important that adequate water is provided for poultry birds to combat the hot temperature expected this week.

    •please note that fishing and other activities on water bodies will be affected due to rise in water level therefore fisher men, divers, commercial boat riders and there passengers should be safety conscious to prevent water accident!

    •All residents within water catchments should be advised to immediately commence relocation / evacuation to safer grounds due to rise in water level. Therefore all agencies, the emergency agency, the traffic agency, road repair, Power Holding Authority, and all related bodies should put in place measures to reduce accidents that may occur due to flooding within and around the State.

  • Weather Forecost For November 25th – December 1st, 2014 by Olaimolu S.O (Mrs), Senior Meteorologist

    The week is expected to be warm in temperature with cases of patchy scattered rainfall in the State.

    Maximum temperature expected all through this week is 30oC while the Minimum temperature of 24oC is expected.

    The trade wind over the country is Westerly (i.e. moisture laden winds from Pacific Ocean), hence cool moist air is blowing over the country.

    Drains around homes and public places should be well maintained to allow easy flow of storm waters, this will prevent flooding and the breeding of mosquitoes (malaria causing parasite).

    Health service sector should strengthen her contingency against cases of joint pains, headaches, rheumatism, catarrh, pneumonia, asthma and other respiratory/ circulating related illnesses which will be rampant during this season especially in older citizen.

    The construction/ cleaning of drainages in flood prone areas within the state should continue.

    Construction companies should expect better weather condition this week hence major works should be done on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Farmers should make good use of the normal rainfall to plant crops like Maize which could be harvested twice a year.

    Proper care of livestock and other farm products should be ensured, it is important that adequate water is provided for poultry birds to combat the hot temperature expected this week.

    All residents within water catchments should be advised to immediately commence relocation / evacuation to safer grounds due to rise in water level.

    Therefore all agencies, the emergency agency, the traffic agency, road repair, Power Holding Authority, and all related bodies should put in place measures to reduce accidents that may occur due to flooding within and around the State.

  • November Sanitation Exercise Holds In Lagos On Saturday, 29th November 2014

    The statewide Lagos Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise for November comes up on Saturday 29th November, 2014 across the State between the hours of 7:00am-10am.

    Tunji Bello urged Lagosians to participate actively in the exercise through the cleaning of their homes, drains, and totality of their environment.

    He noted that regular cleaning of the environment hold the key to a healthy living and prosperous life.

    In view of Global Climatic uncertainties, which is evident in the incessant rainfall which we are still experiencing till date, the state Government had kept faith with its all-rear-round de-flooding
    programme as the Drainage Construction/Maintenance Department and Emergency Flood Abatement Department had intensified massive cleaning and maintenance of channels across the state, in order to reduce to the barest minimum, the incidence of flooding.

    Tunji Bello emphasized that, the State Government remains unwavering in its commitment to a clean, hygienic and flood free environment and therefore urged Lagosians to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drains and unapproved sites especially now that global warming has broken nation’s barriers and boundaries, as well as does not respect Nationalities.

    The Commissioner for the Environment warned residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from this illegal act as the scope of the PSP Operators had been increased to further accommodate more residents of the State.

    To ensure full participation as well as total compliance to the restriction order, Mr. Tunji Bello warned Private /Commercial vehicle operators, interstate Bus Operators, State Transport Owners and Road Transport Workers Association to comply with the restriction of vehicular movement order between 7.00am-10.00am as any vehicle caught violating this order would be dealt with appropriately, while passengers in such vehicles would also be prosecuted according to the State Sanitation Laws.

    He also warned those who are in the habit of playing Football on the State Highways and Roads during Sanitation Exercise to henceforth desist from this unlawful act as law enforcement Agents had been instructed apply the full weight of the laws on offenders.

    He further assured that Law Enforcement Agencies including Nigerian Police and officials from KAI, LAWMA, LASTMA had been fully mobilized to enforce the non-restriction of movement order and warned that violators would be prosecuted according to the State Sanitation Laws.

    Fola Adeyemi
    Ministry of the Environment.
    November 25, 2014

  • 2013 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction LAGS Reassures Residents

    Following NIMET’s release of 2013 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction(SRP) which predicted heavy rainfall of high intensity for Lagos, the Lagos State Government has reassured Lagosians,asking them not to panic. The Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello stated at a press conference to sensitize the media on the implications of the Seasonal Rainfall Prediction for Lagos State that Lagosians should set their minds at rest in spite of the forecast of heavy rains. Continue reading 2013 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction LAGS Reassures Residents

  • Lagos Holds 5th Climate Change Summit March 13-15

    In the stride to combat effects of Climate Change, Lagos State Government holds the 5th edition of the Annual Climate Change Summit from Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th March,2013 at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island-Lagos. The three day summit with the theme: Vulnerability And Adaptability To Climate Change In Nigeria: Lagos State Transportation, Housing And Infrastructure would afford participants from different sectors the opportunity of sharing experience and proffering solutions on climate change challenges. Continue reading Lagos Holds 5th Climate Change Summit March 13-15