• Lagos Lifts Restriction Order for NABTEB Exams on Saturday

    The Lagos State Government has lifted the restriction order on human and vehicular movement during the May Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise in order to allow for free movement of examination materials and also for Students, Invigilators and other Stakeholders to participate effectively in the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) Examination expected to be held across the Nation on Saturday, May 28, 2016.

    The Honourable Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare who announced this in a press statement, however, urged Lagosians to still observe the monthly exercise by cleaning their homes and clear the drains in their neighbourhood so as to prevent flooding in the State and to allow free flow of water as the raining reason gathers momentum. He stressed that the monthly cleaning exercise will resume next month.
    The Commissioner said that it became imperative for the State Government to waive the restriction order so as to not jeopardize the future of the candidates whose counterparts in other parts of the federation will write the same examination.

    “As a responsible and responsive government, we value the education of our children very dearly and therefore resolved to relax the order in the interest of the future leaders of tomorrow,” Dr Adejare added.

    According to him, “As we are all aware, Lagos is a Coastal City that has high water table levels and prone to flooding whenever it rains. We must therefore imbibe habits which will reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of flooding in the State”. The Commissioner enjoined Lagosians to shun acts that could aggravate the adverse global climatic conditions, noting that “people should not dump waste in unauthorized places like canals and drainage channels.

    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.”

    He said that the issue of sanitation has become very critical, especially with the geometrical population explosion in the state, adding that the regular clean-up for a healthier, cleaner and Sustainable Environment has become a matter of survival for residents.

    He urged the 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.

    Adejare advised Lagosians not to patronize cart pushers who end up dumping the wastes into canals and Lagoons adding they should dispose their waste through LAWMA/PSP Operators. ‘’ This is how we can all assist to make the state deflooding programme a success.’’

    He disclosed that the state government has embarked on continuous clearing, maintenance and dredging of canals across the state to preempt the incidences of flooding.

    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.

    Tunde Awobiyi
    Ministry of the Environment

  • Sanitation Not Cancelled, Holds on Saturday

    The Lagos State Government has again emphasised that the Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise has not been cancelled. Restriction of human and vehicular movement across the state between the hours of 7.00am -10.000am also remains in force.

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, who announced this in a press statement also urged residents to troop out in large numbers and participate actively in the sanitation exercise by cleaning their homes, gutters, drains as well as their frontages, emphasizing that the period of environmental sanitation is not meant for any social and sporting engagements but for a serious cleaning exercise.

    The Commissioner advised residents of the State to desist from dumping waste arbitrarily into the drainage channels and canals in order to attain a flood-free Lagos, warning residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from the illegal act.

    He re-assured the people of the State that government is determined and committed to attain a sustainable environment, urging Lagosians to key in into the Governor’s vision of a cleaner Lagos by abstaining from bad environmental habits such as open defecation and urination, littering the highways.

    The Commissioner restated that the Zero tolerance to street trading and all environmental abuses is in place to take the cleanliness of the Lagos megacity to a comparable level with its peers anywhere in the world, adding that Government will continue to maintain sanity in our markets now dotted with all manners of shanties and illegal structures, like attachments to tenements and containers. He warned that if they were not removed within the stipulated time they will be demolished and tenements harboring them will be penalized according to relevant laws in the state.

    Dr. Adejare directed to the PSP Waste Managers to join hands with the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in its commitment to rid the state of filth and ensure a cleaner and healthier environment, stressing that a clean and healthy environment is capable of attracting more investors to boost the economy of the state. He urged the waste managers to respond to their responsibilities of clearing the waste generated by the citizenry in the state.

    According to him, Lagosians must shun the habits of indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the roads, highways and drainages but imbibe the habit of proper bagging of wastes for easy collection by the operators.

    For the attainment of total compliance with the restriction order and to ensure full involvement of Lagosians in the sanitation exercise, Dr. Adejare cautioned inter-state transport operators and workers to comply with the restriction order, warning that anyone caught violating the order, whether passengers or driver will be apprehended and prosecuted according to the State Environmental Sanitation Laws.

    Adejare disclosed that the Law Enforcement Agencies, including the Nigerian Police Force and officials from LASTMA and KAI have been fully mobilized to enforce the restriction order on vehicular movement, emphasizing that any violators caught will also be prosecuted according to the State Environmental Sanitation Laws.

    He sought the cooperation and support of the people of the State for the administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to deliver a progressive and economically viable State.
    Tunde Awobiyi
    Public Affairs & Research
    Ministry of the Environment

  • Lagos Holds June Monthly Sanitation Exercise on Saturday 27th June 2015

    The Lagos State Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise for the month of June with its attendant restriction of human and vehicular Activities will hold between the hours of 7:00am-10am on Saturday 27th June, 2015.

    According to Engr. Ayodeji Adenekan, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Lagosians are advised to actively participate in the Sanitation Exercise as the State Government further implored residents to clean their drains/canals thoroughly in view of anticipated heavy rains in the state.

    He said that the Ministry of the Environment is intensifying its mid rain dredging, cleaning and maintenance of drainage channels across the state as part of its strategies to reduce the incidence of flooding.

    “Lagosians must however, desist from dumping refuse in drainage channels and acts compromising drainage alignment, such as building and erection of structures on drainage setbacks among others. The essence is to allow easy passage of rainstorm which is the ultimate goal of this our clearing and cleaning of our drainage channels/canals”, he stressed.

    He therefore advised entire Lagosians to be on the alert, but not panic as the state Government has put in place measures to contain flooding challenges in the State.

    Engr. Adenekan warned residents who still patronize cart pushers to desist from the act as it is against the waste management policy of the State Government, adding that whatever refuse they collect are always dumped inside canals which eventually causes flooding.

    He also warned interstate Bus Operators, Luxurious Bus Operators, State 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 will be dealt with appropriately, while passengers in such vehicles will be prosecuted according to the State Sanitation Laws.

    The Permanent Secretary appealed to Lagosians to join hands with State Government in its effort to rid the state of all forms of environmental abuses.

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

    Fola Adeyemi