• CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT, A KEY FOR EFFECTIVE LEARNING- SANWO-OLU …commissions 1,097 projects in 970 Schools

    The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday commissioned a new block of classroom at Bariga, affirming that a conducive environment is very essential for effective learning

     

     

     

     

     

    Sanwo -Olu spoke during the commissioning of a block of classrooms at Oduduwa College, Lanre Awolokun street, Gbagada in Bariga LCDA, through  the  Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello whom the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde stood in for.

     

     

     

     

     

    He explained that the vital role of education in the development has made it imperative to ensure that children have access to quality education in an enabling environment for excellent learning.

     

     

     

    Sanwo-Olu  said 1,097 infrastructural projects covering 970 Schools across the State, were embarked upon to improve the learning and teaching environment in our public schools.

     

     

     

    He said Education is still the most potent tool of empowerment and one of the most tested ways to close the gap between poverty and wealth saying, that it provide individuals with the necessary knowledge and skill set to actualize their potential and maximize opportunities in life.

     

     

     

    The Governor explained that the projects being commissioned across the state will further drive the “Education and Technology” pillar of the  THEMES Agenda adding that to actualize the Greater Lagos vision, quality education must remain one of the solid building blocks.

     

     

     

    He said that in the last 2 years, Government  had aggressively embarked on the provision of blocks of classrooms, administrative offices, school furniture, laboratories, modern toilet facilities, and security across the six Education Districts and Local Government Councils.

     

     

     

    “ Government has ensured the prompt construction and rehabilitation of 322 dilapidated public schools, while 87,000 dual composite units of furniture were supplied to Primary and Secondary Schools across the State” he said.

     

     

     

    Mr Governor remarked that the investments in the education sector have been yielding positive results saying that students’ performance have improved in examinations, national and international competitions as well as improved morals, etiquette, and confidence in public speaking.

     

     

     

    “Lagos State Public Schools have consistently emerged the overall best at the international Robotics Competition since 2015 and have continued to excellently represent Nigeria at this annual competition;”

     

     

     

    The Lagos State team was one of the best at the 2021 National Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientist (JETS) Competition, held at the National Mathematical Centre, Kwali ealier this year where the State team won 11 medals and 10 Cups in various categories” he said.

     

     

     

    He acknowledged the contributions hardworking teachers to the success the schools and students saying that the infrastructure being put in place  would amount to nothing if they were not complemented by competent, dedicated and passionate teachers.

     

     

     

    He charged community leaders, school administrators, staff and students of these schools to take ownership of the project saying  all hands must be on deck to ensure that miscreants do not destroy or cart away the properties of our schools adding that the security of  schools and other infrastructures is a collective responsibility.

     

     

     

    He commended the Lagos State Ministry of Education, the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, the Special Committee on Rehabilitation of Public Schools (SCRPS) and the Lagos State Infrastructure Management and Maintenance Agency (LASIAMA) for collaborating effectively to actualize various vision in the education sector.

     

     

     

    Signed

     

     

     

    Kunle Adeshina

     

    Director (Public Affairs)

     

    MOE &WR

  • LASG RESOURCITATES SANITATION COMPETITION AMONGST LG/LCDA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • LAGOS TO EXPERIENCE NORMAL RAINFALL OF 238-261 DAYS IN 2021 Continuos dredging and cleaning of all canals ongoing.. As HC Env. briefs on Seasonal Rainfall Pattern for 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Signed

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