• PRESS RELEASE – LAGOS CANCELS MONTHLY ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION DAY …Urges Residents To Comply With Environmental Laws

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday terminated the monthly environmental sanitation exercise which hitherto held for three hours on the last Saturday of every month.

    The State Government, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy,
    Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the decision to cancel the monthly exercise followed a resolution arrived at Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting which approved the need for a robust review of the environmental laws and procedures in the state in order to meet the present day challenges and to promote a clean and healthy environment.

    The Government noted that considering the present economic situation in the country, it was no longer appropriate to restrict movement of people for three hours in a mega city like Lagos at a time they should be pursuing commercial and entrepreneurial activities.

    According to government, in the last two decades, Lagos has grown exponentially into a mega city with the attendant huge environmental problems associated with managing a population of over twenty million people.
    But sadly, the environmental laws, policies and procedures being practiced in the State have not been able to match the phenomenal growth and the dream of a 24-hour economy, hence the need for the reform.
    Ayorinde said the State Government was not unaware of a recent Court of Appeal judgment.

    According to him, the thrust of the fresh initiatives, among others, is to promote holistic and modern solutions to the unique environmental challenges confronting the State, while encouraging citizens to voluntarily partner with government to achieve the desired goals.

    The Statement said: “After a careful consideration, the State Executive Council has therefore resolved that the present economic climate can no longer support the continued lock down of a mega city like Lagos, when the citizens should be free to engage in commercial and entrepreneurial activities that can promote economic growth and prosperity.
    “Furthermore, Government will also accelerate the introduction of fresh reforms through the passage of the new harmonized environmental laws that will drive meaningful changes in areas of harmonized billing, waste management, modern Landfill sites, noise pollution, introduction of an Environmental Trust Fund and an Environmental Advisory Council.

    “The Government wishes to reiterate its strong commitment to a clean and secure environment for the benefit of its citizens, and will continue to provide the necessary leadership to meet the environmental challenges of a mega city like Lagos. Lagosians and visitors alike are therefore urged to embrace these changes and imbibe a culture of voluntarily maintaining and preserving their environment to create a beautiful and healthy city that we all can be proud of.”

    The statement added that the State Government would henceforth be tougher in ensuring expeditious enforcement against contraventions of its policies and regulations and as such, residents should voluntarily comply with the necessary laws and support government in its bid to have a clean and healthy environment.

    SIGNED
    STEVE AYORINDE
    COMMISSIONER FOR INFORMATION & STRATEGY
    LAGOS STATE
    NOVEMBER 23, 2016

  • PRESS BRIEFING – LAGOS IS NOT PRIVATISING WATER CORPORATION – ADEJARE

    The Lagos State Government has said it is not planning to privatize the Laos State Water Corporation, contrary to the belief that it is partnering with a financial institution to sell the corporation.

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare disclosed this at the October 2016 Monthly Press Briefing of the Ministry of the Environment, organized to provide adequate information on the state of the environment.

    Adejare stated that rather than privatizing, the state government would be partnering with the private sector to build water works under a Public Private Partnership arrangement in which the private sector partner would build and charge reasonable amount.

    He said that this move became necessary as the cost of building single water works had skyrocketed due to the exchange rate volatility, whereas government has limited resources with competing needs across sectors.
    “We cannot afford to stick to the status-quo as we are battling with vector-borne diseases and we need to sort out the issue of appropriate pricing. Currently Water Corporation charges 5k per liter against N100 per liter charged by the local water vendor”, he said.

    While re-stating the policy of Lagos State Government on cleaner and sustainable environment, the Commissioner said government was committed to the removal of all environmental infractions and would not relent in bringing about a sustainable environment as well as a livable state to enhance aesthetically beautiful state.

    According to him, “…our government has pursued with vigour, its policy on cleaner and sustainable environment through dogged application of its all-year round de-flooding Programme, unwavering commitment to the removal of all environmental infractions and nuisances across the state and steady pursuit of aesthetically appealing state.”

    Adejare said that Lagos State Government was committed to achieving well-organised markets where sellers, goods and services will be sectorised. According to him, “this will eliminate the belief and tendency that it is when goods are sold on the streets and on setbacks that selling can be achieved”

    The Commissioner reaffirmed the policy of zero tolerance on street trading and hawking in the state, warning violators of the state’s environmental laws to desist or incur the wrath of the law.

    He stated that no one was permitted to convert the roads, medians, set-backs and walkways into markets, warning that the activities of street traders and hawkers were degrading the environment.

    Adejare maintained that water supply in the state was being given a new lease of life as most of the water works such as Ishasi, Adiyan and Iju Waterworks now produce and supply uninterrupted water to Lagosians upon the repairs of equipment and restoration of Power supply, saying government is finding a lasting solution to billing problems as well.

    Adejare restated the commitment of government to greening the environment. He said over 800 trees including 700 coconuts have been planted along Lekki Epe Express way and another 100 trees at Orile Agege LCDA. According to him, “the importance of trees in our environment cannot be overemphasized. As such we have continued to manage trees planted in the state by pruning 56 Trees and felling 7 trees to improve the aesthetics of the Environment.”

    The Commissioner pointed out that waste management would take a new dimension in the state as from 2017. “We are reforming waste management; we are no longer going to do it the way we are used to. By the time we do this, environmental infractions would have reduced.”

    The Environment Commissioner said that government is poised to control and eradicate diseases such as Lasa fever and malaria through the flagging off of vector control programme. “To control vector-borne diseases such as Lasa fever and malaria, we have flagged off the vector control programme through which we will be delivering effective “deratization” of markets and adjoining streets in the State with the use of time tested technology. “the Commissioner said.

    He further said that government would take the advantage of the many benefits of vector control, including less illness, better sleep, safety of home, buildings and markets and ultimately peace of mind.

    Adejare disclosed that the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of the Environment did not fail its duties of monitoring the environment for compliance to environmental standards.

    “The Lagos State Waste Management Office monitored compliance to wastewater regulations and guidelines in 11,508 tenements and 857 private facilities across the State. 3,549 tenements were found to be satisfactory while 4,511 tenements complied with the abatement notices served. Also, a total of 255 private wastewater treatment facilities are currently undergoing the recertification exercise for 2016.

    The commissioner appealed to Lagosians to dispose waste properly and maintain a good sanitary attitude as the yuletide approached. According to him, “… the ember months are here again and as the yuletide approaches, I urge you all to dispose waste properly, cultivate and maintain good sanitary attitude and do not contribute to the degrading of the environment as this is the only way you can avoid being object of environmental law enforcement”.

    Jide Atansuyi
    Public Affairs Officer
    October 31, 2016

  • PRESS RELEASE – LASG DEDICATES OCTOBER SANITATION TO VECTOR CONTROL

    The Lagos State Government has declared that the State’s Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise for the month of October will be dedicated to vector control and will be observed, as usual, between the hours of 7:00am to 10.00am on Saturday 29th October, 2016. There will be restriction of human and vehicular movement across the State within this period.

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, has urged residents to turn out en-masse and participate actively in the sanitation exercise by cleaning their homes, drains, warning that the period of environmental sanitation should not be used for any social engagement or sporting activities, but for serious cleaning and sanitation exercises.

    Dr. Adejare explained that the move to contain vector in the state had commenced with automated fumigation of all markets in the state, starting with Obalende Market on Thursday 27th October. This move would aid the elimination of rodents such as rats and other disease vectors from markets and communities in the State.

    Dr. Adejare explained that apart from this state organized event, daily cleaning of our environment should be an everyday affair, because environment is the superstructure on which everything rests.

    He appealed to residents to desist from acts that could lead to flooding, such as indiscriminate dumping of waste into drains and canals and other acts that might result in environmental degradation.

    “The State Government is committed to achieving a flood-free Lagos. Citizens on their part will do well to ensure that canals and channels in their areas are cleaned at all times, in addition to the regular desilting, dredging and maintenance of drainage channels and canals by government.”

    He added that, “As we are all aware, Lagos is a coastal state that has high water table and prone to flash-floods, we must therefore imbibe positive attitude which will reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of flooding, which has so far been contained in the State.”

    The Commissioner warned residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from this illegal act as the coverage of the PSP Operators has been widened to effectively accommodate more residents of the State.

    He reminded Lagosians that government’s zero tolerance programme to environmental infractions and nuisances was still very much on course and as such the people should refrain from degrading the environment in any form to avoid the negative consequences of environmental pollution and the full weight of the compliance measures of government.

    In order to attain total compliance of the restriction order and ensure full participation of Lagosians in the sanitation exercise, Adejare warned interstate Bus Operators, the 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 will be dealt with appropriately, while passengers in such vehicles will also be prosecuted according to the State Environmental Sanitation Laws.

    He further assured that Law Enforcement Agencies including the Nigeria Police and officials from LAWMA, LASTMA and KAI have been fully mobilized to enforce the restriction.

     

    Mukaila Sanusi

    Head, Public Affairs & Research

    Ministry of the Environment

     

     

  • PRESS RELEASE – ENVIRONMENT IS KEY TO OUR SURVIVAL -ADEJARE

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare has emphasised the importance of the environment, saying no nation can prosper in a distressed and degraded environment.

    He stated this during the launch of Ikeja Clean-up Exercise and purpose-built tricycles for waste disposal by Ikeja Local Government on Thursday in furtherance of the policy of the State Government to rid the environment of all infractions and nuisances.

    Adejare commended the efforts of the Administrator of Ikeja Local Government, Engineer Abiodun Taiwo, for subscribing to the vision of the administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on the environment and urged other Administrators to emulate this feat.

    The Environment Commissioner said that the achievement of functional and sustainable environment is everybody’s business. According to him, “when we put environment first, development endure because we cannot lay claim to economic prosperity in the face of environmental insecurities.”

    He further urged the citizens to take good care of the environment because God never created the environment to be distressed or degraded; it is human efforts that have put it in the current worrisome state.

    While restating the position of Government on sustainable environment, Adejare said that the Lagos State Government was also planning to invest in the use of tricycle for waste disposal, saying such efforts will help in no small measure to assist waste disposal in the State, as the tricycles will be able to navigate hard-to reach areas.

    The Commissioner also stated that the Lagos State Government has also embarked on Clean Lagos exercise across the five divisions of the State, saying this initiative will help reduce environmental degradation.

    The Commissioner urged Lagosians to join the state crusade to attain a cleaner, healthier, functional and sustainable environment, capable of promoting economic growth and well-being of the entire citizenry, saying, we do not have another planet, this earth is our earth, we must do everything within our capacities to ensure it is safe for us and posterity. “We are all products of the environment; we cannot exist without the environment. It is paramount that we give our best to protect it,” Adejare said.

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    Mukaila Sanusi
    Head Public Affairs & Research
    Ministry of the Environment