• Address Delivered By Dr Babatunde Adejare Commissioner For The Environment At The Monthly Press Briefing,On Thursday, June 28,2016 At The Ministry’s Conference Room At Alausa-Ikeja

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    Gentlemen of the press, I welcome you to the Monthly Press Briefing of the Environment Family. Let me reiterate that the platform is intended to sensitise the members of the public on government policies and actions designed to address challenges arising from developments in the environment.

    It is therefore necessary for me to remind Lagosians again of our government’s unrelenting resolve to ensure that the metropolis remains clean, habitable and safe. Consequently, the state is declaring a final zero tolerance on all violations of its environmental laws and infractions, especially the right of way, either of the roads, walkways, rail lines and drainage channels.

    Please permit me at this point to also specially reiterate that the government has now resolved to take out all illegal structures and attachments outside all designated market premises and tenements, as well as enforce the right of way of our roads, rail lines and  drainage channels, in order to ensure free flow of storm water and avert flooding

    With the ever-rising population, our mega city state of excellence cannot afford to compromise safety, by allowing obstructions of access to markets, rail lines, roads and drainages. Our coastal state of aquatic splendour with high water table levels, must maintain a clean, flood-free and serene environment. To do otherwise is to allow flood water to stagnate and cause malaria and other diseases.

    All infringements on the state’s drainage alignments, street trading, especially on roads, rail lines and walkways, as well as attachments to tenements and markets must give way. Anyone caught carrying out illegal trading on our pedestrian bridges will also face the wrath of the law.

    The untoward activities of a few errant, but negligible residents, traders and hawkers, have continued to damage valuable infrastructures. They pollute and block our water and drainage channels and pose serious dangers to our environment, our security and safety of our lives and properties. I say, this morning that, enough is enough!

    On our part, we shall not relent on the sensitisation of the populace on the unacceptable activities of those erecting unapproved shops and buildings on our drainage channels and right of way. Our enforcement agents have been working hard to ensure compliance with all environmental laws. However, some recalcitrant elements are not heeding our appeals and advocacy efforts.

    It will however, no longer be business as usual for the few bad eggs. The government is therefore restating in the strongest terms possible  our zero tolerance policy and ban on all illegal structures on our right of way. The days of street traders, flagrantly obstructing traffic and committing heinous crimes and endangering our safety are therefore over.

    As the commercial nerve centre of the nation, street trading does not befit our hard-earned status. It constitutes an affront to our laws. Street traders and hawkers have been degrading the state’s environment, parks and gardens, as well as encouraging crimes and  causing traffic gridlocks.

    We should all recall that His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, recently directed the Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and other Special Offences, as well as the KAI Brigade to ensure enforcement of the laws prohibiting street trading in the state.

    Our state is a centre of excellence and we shall not allow a few unscrupulous group or persons indiscriminately dumping refuse on our roads and blocking our drainages to go without stiff sanctions. Their habits portend dire consequences for our health, traffic, safety and security of our people.

    Meanwhile, the buyers and sellers in street trading are now to face the same sanctions, since patronage serves as incentives for continued perpetration of the illegal acts. Our roads are not markets and our canals and drainage channels are not dumpsites.

    As a responsible government, we understand that people must make a living and survive, but it should not be at the expense of the lives of others.

    Imposition of fines, seizure of goods, non-custodian penalties and other sanctions like community service involving washing of public toilets, cutting of grass, sweeping of roads, cleaning of drains and carting away of refuse to dump sites in the full glare of the press are some of the sanctions awaiting culprits.

    I am therefore appealing to the greater majority of law-abiding members of the public to join hands with the government to bequeath a sustainable environment to generations yet unborn.

    Gentlemen of the press, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me again say with all the emphasis at my command, that the monthly Environmental sanitation holding on the last Saturday of every month was never cancelled, Anyone violating the restrictions on human and vehicular movements during the monthly exercise between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. will face the full wrath of the law. The ban on movement during the restriction does not allow social gathering or any sporting activity.

    I therefore want to most sincerely thank all governmental and non-governmental organizations which have been supporting the government in observing all environmental laws and keeping our city-state clean. It is our prayer that as we continue to do this, especially during this Holy month of Ramadan, God will bless us, our state and our Nation.

    Thank you for listening as you remain blessed.

    Itesiwaju Ilu Eko lo je wa logun o.

     

    Dr. Babatunde Samuel Adejare

    Commissioner for the Environment

    Lagos

    June 28, 2016

  • Press Release – Sanitation Day Campaign For Drainages And Canals

    The Lagos State Government has declared that the June 2016 Environmental Sanitation Exercise will be dedicated to cleaning of drains and canals across the state, to allow for free flow of water as the raining reason gathers momentum.

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, in a press statement, reinstated that the Sanitation Exercise will be observed state-wide between the usual hours of 7:00am-10.00am on Saturday 25th June, 2016, during which, as usual, there will be restriction of human and vehicular movement across the State.

    Dr. Adejare implored Lagosians to come out en-masse on Saturday to clean and clear the drains in their neighbourhood so as to continually prevent flooding in the State. He warned that the period of environmental sanitation should not be used for any social engagement or sporting activities, but for serious cleaning and sanitation exercises.

    According to him, “As we are all aware, Lagos is a Coastal City 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 in the State”.

    He said that the target of the state this year is to sustain past record of flood abatement, thus making it possible for the State not to experience flooding as in the past years, adding that, “this can only be achieved through effective collaboration of the people.”

    The Commissioner advised residents of the State to desist from dumping waste arbitrarily into the drainage channels and canals in order to maintain a flood-free Lagos. He also warned residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from the illegal act as it is still an offence. He advised them to dispose their waste through LAWMA/PSP Operators.

    He urged the entire residents, to ensure that their environment is kept clean at all times and free from storm water stagnation, which could also be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other health hazards.

    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.

    Adejare further assured that Law Enforcement Agencies, including Nigeria Police and officials from LAWMA, LASTMA and KAI have been fully mobilized to enforce the restriction of movement order adding that offenders will be prosecuted according to the State 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 a cleaner and healthier Lagos by abstaining from bad environmental practices such as open defecation and urination, littering of the highways and roads.

     

    Tunde Awobiyi

    Ministry of the Environment.

  • Environmental sustainability, top priority of Lagos Govt- Adejare

    The Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Samuel Adejare, yesterday, affirmed that the regeneration of the environment and its sustainability has been the major concern to successive administrations in the state since 1999. Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare Addressing newsmen in Lagos, to announce a maiden Stakeholders Forum with private sectors, on the greening initiative of the state government, billed for Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at the Muson centre, Onikan, Lagos, Adejare said the forum themed: “Sustaining Our Green Lagos,” anchored by the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), is imperative because the state government recognizes the tremendous role of the private sector actors in complementing efforts of government in sustaining a greener Lagos.

    He said: “Lagos over time was known for its beauty of greenery and parks. Lagos earned the appellation ‘Eko for Show’ due to various local and national flower competitions. But the advent of oil boom of the 70s gave way for bridges and concrete, leaving little or no consideration for the greening. “However, as a responsive government, the past administration of Lagos State since the creation of the Ministry of Environment in 1979, by Alhaji Lateef Jakande, made environmental sustainability a top priority of the state government.” The Commissioner, who canvassed for stakeholders’ support in protecting the environmental landscape of Lagos, however disclosed that “the Lagos State government has in the last eight years created 300 parks and gardens, with 73 of them being managed and maintained by private concern. Over six million trees have been planted, 5, 500 trees pruned, two functional nurseries established, with over 96, 000 jobs created. Also, over 200, 000 fun seekers have visited our parks to recreate among other activities.”

    He added that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration will next year, commence the establishment of a Metropolitan Park at Ayeteju in Ibeju-Lekki area of the state, on a 5 hectare land. “The proposed recreational park will serve the people of Lekki, Ajah, Ibeju, Epe and its environs. We will need the private sector to be part of this project which will be similar to the Central park in New York, United State. The stakeholders’ forum, is therefore, specially designed to promote the synergy that will be beneficiary to all, in the short run and long run. “Governor Ambode will also be on hand to highlight the benefits accruable to all stakeholders. We believe firmly that the private sector can key into all these as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and also benefit immensely from it. “The focus of the forum will be on the following: Lagos Greening in Reminiscence; Stakeholders’ involvement and engagement in urban greening initiatives; Adopting and maintaining green infrastructure: Benefits to the stakeholders; Challenges and the way forward in environmental regeneration; and Funding as a catalyst to a greener environment. “As Lagos continues to grow and expand with its attendant pressure on the environment, it is expedient that we make efforts to improve the city and make it healthier for people through sustainable green infrastructure,” said the commissioner.

    Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/11/environmental-sustainability-top-priority-of-lagos-govt-adejare/

  • Lagos Government Appeals to Public on Disruption of Water Supply

    The Lagos State Government has again appealed to the citizenry to bear with her as they experience disruption of water supply in some parts of the State, which is caused by shortage in supply of gas to Akute Independent Power Plant (IPP).

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare who made the appeal in a press statement in his office, also added that the inadequate supply of water was also as a result of gas pipelines vandalization at the Niger Delta Region of the Country, as this adversely affected the production at its various Water facilities across the State.

    According to him, “as a responsible and responsive government that wants succor for its citizenry, we are working tirelessly to get connected to the National Grid to ensure that an alternative power supply is restored to its power plants within a short while.”

    The Commissioner noted that the main concern of the government is to increase the supply of water due to the ever increasing population of Lagos, as a commercial nerve centre of the nation. He said “as at 2010, the daily water demand by residents was 500 million gallons per day while daily supply was 210 million gallons per day. There is therefore a short fall of 290 million gallons per day.”

    According to him, “It has been projected that BY 2020, the daily consumption demand will be 733 million gallons per day as the daily supply per day will be 745 gallons per day and thereby having excess of 12 million gallons per day. It is expected that planned expansion of Iju, Adiyan 1-3 Isasi, Ikosi, Odomola 1 and 2 will ameliorate the situation”

    Adejare stated that in order to optimize the distribution of water in some areas, the Corporation is introducing the Water Distribution Kiosk System by creating Centralized Water Points to purchase potable water at a substantially cheaper price by Water Vendors. This is a new innovation in Nigeria and is meant to complement the 5Km reticulation and the existing network.

    While urging Lagosians to exercise patience on the supply of potable water, the Commissioner appealed to the people of the state to report anyone found tampering /vandalizing Water Corporation Power Plants within the state to report such to the government through the State Water Corporation.

    Adejare further stated that indiscriminate and unhealthy laying of water pipes across drains, patronage of unlicensed and unapproved water vendors are unacceptable. He described such practices as avenues for spreading of water borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhea etc. thereby increasing mortality rate.

    Yusuf Bolarinwa