• Press Release – Tricycle Rider Stabs KAI Commander

    A tricycle Rider, Mr. David Gung, has admitted to inflicting bodily harm on the Zonal Commander of the Kick Against Indiscipline Brigade (KAI) in the Ikeja Command, Mr. Oluwafemi Samuel.

    Gung, who spoke exclusively to this correspondent regretted that the expulsion of the association’s members from their former abode in the Radio Nigeria /Bond FM premises around Ladipo Oshodi forced them to relocate to the controversial ‘’illegal tricycle parking lot in the GRA Area where the KAI officer was injured’’.

    The Tricyclist who also claimed to be the branch Financial Secretary of the Association in the Leventis-Sogunle-and Ikeja Army barracks Area, pleaded that he was ready to pay for the hospital bills of the injured KAI officer, adding that top officials of the Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area and the Ikeja GRA. Community Development Council had stepped in to resolve the matter.

    The KAI Marshal General, Mr. Bola Jimoh, however said that the matter is under investigation by the Ikeja Divisional Police Station, under the Area F Command, adding that the suspect will be charged to court this week

    Mr. Jimoh said that, upon the receipt of complaints by the residents of the GRA over the menace of crime and filth caused by the activities of the tricyclists and Okada Riders, the state government had been having a running battle in trying to dislodge the transporters, despite serial notices over their illegal activities in the area.

    He said all the stakeholders in the area, including the residents, the LCDA and the association, will be summoned soon to the Ministry of the Environment in order to ensure that no such ugly incidents occur again in the area.

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    Tunde Awobiyi
    Director Public Affairs & Research,
    September 26, 2016.

  • Press Release Sanitation Holds On Saturday, September 24th, 2016

    In line with the Zero tolerance policy of the state government to all violation of its Environmental laws, and the on-going ‘’Operation Clean Lagos’’ campaign, this month’s Monthly sanitation Exercise coming up on Saturday, September 24, 2016, will also involve advocacy visits to flood plain areas of the state.

    In a statement announcing the sanitation exercise, the state commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, said that the renewed clean up campaign is to clamp down on all infractions like shanties, illegal overhanging structures, attachments to all tenements, obstruction to drainage channels on setbacks, right of way in violation of the prescribed distances from the highway or impeding free flow of traffic and storm water.

    The Commissioner reiterated that, in response to the Annual Flooding Outlook and Rainfall Prediction released by the Nigeria Metrological Agency (NiMET) and Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) and the subsequent Seasonal Rainfall Prediction Press Conference by the Ministry of the Environment held on Thursday, August 18th, 2016, the State Government had appealed for support of all residents on the need to clear and clean up our premises, especially drainage channels and canals across the State, so as to avert any unforeseen outbreak of diseases and flooding.

    The Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise will be observed state-wide between the hours of 7.00am-10.00am on Saturday24th September, 2016 with restrictions on human and vehicular movement across the State.

    Dr. Adejare added that the State Government warned the citizenry to desist from acts that can lead to flooding, such asindiscriminate dumping of waste into drains and canals as this hinder the free-flow of storm water.

    He implored Lagosians to come out en-mass on Saturday, 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.

    He said that Lagos State Government has declared that the remaining Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise for Year 2016 will be dedicated to sanitation and clearing of the environment, drainage and canals across the State adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure a flood and filth-free Lagos.

    According to him,“As we are all aware, Lagos is a coastal and aquatic state that has high water table levels and prone to flash-floods whenever it rains. We must therefore imbibe habits which will reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of flooding, which has so far been contained in the State”.
    Allaying the fear of flooding, he stated that “flash flooding maybe experienced in the State, but would disappear within a short period of time”.

    Dr. Adejare said that the target of the State is to sustain past record of flood abatement and so that the experience of flooding of the past can be avoided. He declared “this can only be achieved through effective collaboration of the people”.

    He emphasized that the State Government will not rest on its oars in ensuring a flood-free Lagos and t0 also save guard lives and properties during and after rainy season.
    He also warned residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from the illegal acts, advising them to dispose their waste through LAWMA/PSP Operators.

    “All of us will have to be vigilant to ensure that nobody dumps refuse in drainage channels. We must also avoid the idea of patronizing cart pushers because they end up dumping the refuse in drainage channels which in turn is pushed back to them by flood” he stated.

    He therefore, warned Inter-state Bus and Luxurious Bus Operators, Transport Owners and Road Transport Workers to comply with the restriction order on human and vehicular movement between 7.00am-10.00am, stating that anyone caught violating this order will be apprehended and prosecuted, while passengers in such vehicles will also be prosecuted according to the state’s Environmental Sanitation Laws.

    The Commissioner assured the people of Lagos of the commitment and determination of the State Government to attain a sustainable, safe and clean environment. He therefore urged Lagosians to support Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s vision of an Accommodating, Meritorious, Beautiful, Organized and Developed Environment for all.

    Tunde Awobiyi
    Ministry of the Environment.
    21st September, 2016.

  • LASG Resumes ‘’Operation Clean Lagos’’

    The Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, will tomorrow Friday, September 16, 2016. resume its on-going State-wide ‘’Operation Clean Lagos’’ to complement an earlier campaign initiated by the state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.

    The Ministry said, in a statement issued from the office of the Commissioner, Dr Babatunde Adejare, that the state-wide operation which will last till the end of the year, is being co-ordinated by the Enforcement and Advocacy Department of the ministry, headed by Dr Abiodun Afolabi. Other agencies, including LAWMA, KAI, the Civil defence Corp and the security agencies are also on the team.

    Dr Afolabi disclosed that ‘’the exercise, code-named ‘’ IBILE ‘’crusade, (acronym for the five divisions of the state’’) will restore the old glories of Lagos, adding that there would be simultaneous carting away of all demolished illegal structures by the LAWMA operatives.

    He said that the gains of the exercise will be sustained by the Ministry’s Six Zonal Zero Tolerance offices and men of the KAI Brigade.

    The Director Environmental Health Unit, Mr Femi Daini, who led last weekend’s operation had also assured that ‘’at the end of the exercise, the Governor expects that, all environmental infractions which ultimately negatively impacts on the health and safety of the people, as well as the efficiency of all the drainages in an aquatic state like Lagos would have been removed ‘’

    Mr Daini said that the renewed exercise had become more urgent because of the unfavourable rainfall predictions by the meteorological agencies and the threat posed by some residents indiscriminately violating environmental laws through obstruction of the drainage channels with illegal structures and indiscriminate disposal of wastes.

    He disclosed that, violations of the Zero tolerance policy of the present administration, environmental infractions; street trading, illegal shanties, extensions and overhanging attachments to shops have been obstructing traffic, walkways and road setbacks  despite serial notices  served on them.

    According to him, the clean-up operation takes off simultaneously state-wide  from 10 a.m. till 4 pm in all the five divisions of the state in Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe.

    The Ikeja operation at the weekend was led by Mr Oladele Awoniyi, who covered Obafemi Awolowo through Kodeso and under-bridge areas. Some shops which were served abatement notices for a month were also sealed up.

    In Badagry, Mr Ismail Oyeniran, led the operation which covered Joseph Dosu Way, Round About and Grammar School areas which were cleared of all environmental violations.

    At Ikorodu, the  operation led by Mr Olugbenga Onabegun successfully rid Agric, Benson, Garage, Round About, Ojubode, Sagamu road axis of all illegal street trading on road setbacks, walkways, shanties and illegal extensions. At the Sabo area, illegal ram sellers were served notices to vacate the area immediately after the Sallah holidays.

    Outer and Inner Marina were cleared of street traders on road setbacks, walk ways and drainage channels by a team led by Mr Olukemi Suleiman of the Lagos Island Division.

    At Epe, areas covered by a team led by Mr A.E.Fasasi, include Oja Chief,T-Junction to the Beach and Terminal areas.

    Speaking at the end of the exercise, Mr Daini said that because of the massive enlightenment and adequate notices which preceded the exercise, the security agencies, which included men of the Task Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp and the KAI Brigade, made no arrests.

    He noted that ‘’the immediate impact of the exercise was the improved flow of traffic, lower crime rate  and fewer reports of flash flooding in the state, despite reports of bigger havoc wrecked in other states that is not coastal and riverine like Lagos.’’

    The Commissioner, urged all Lagosians to bag their waste and dispose them through the PSP operators, rather than through illegal cart pushers who dump their waste in the state’s wetlands and drainage channels, which may result in flooding and avoidable loss of lives and properties.

     

    Tunde Awobiyi,

    Director Public Affairs,

    September 14, 2016.

     

     

  • WEATHER FORECAST FOR LAGOS STATE

    Today 9th of September, 2016 is expected to be a  cloudy day, moderate/heavy  widely scattered rainfall is expected in the State.

    Expected (Maximum) Rainfall Amount:15mm

    Temperature (Maximum):  28° C

    Temperature (Minimum):   22°C

    Average Humidity:95%

    Chance of Rainfall:70%

    Wind speed: 8mph in the South-West direction.

    Visibility will be 10km

    ( still good)