• LAGOS GIVES QUIT NOTICE TO TRADERS UNDER BURNT SIDE OF EKO BRIDGE

    Lagos State Government on Monday issued a quit notice to all the traders with containerized stores and other forms of stalls at Oke Arin Market at Ebute -Ero under parts of the Eko Bridge recently gutted by fire to relocate with immediate effect.

    The State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello asked all the traders under the Bridge including those not affected by the fire incident of last Sunday to move from the present location.

    He added that also affected are people with different structures under the EKO Bridge who engage in one form of selling activity or the other.

    The statement added that the State Government cannot fold its hands and watch the lives of majority of the residents exposed to avoidable dangers, stressing that the continuation of trading activities by the traders is putting the integrity of the Eko Bridge at risk.

    Bello added that all the traders and those who have erected different types of shanties under the Eko Bridge must find alternative places to trade as the state Government will soon erect a fence round the whole area.

    He said the continuation of trading activities under the Eko Bridge will affect the Bridge and the possibility of endangering the lives of several thousands who make use of the bridge daily.

    He informed that towards this end, the State Government has directed the Security agencies to monitor the immediate relocation of all traders from the present location under the bridge and also ensure that no one is allowed to continue with trading activities under any guise under the Eko Bridge anymore.

    He also advised the Local Government authorities to desist from granting permit to anyone to trade or erect any form of structures under the EKO bridge or its environs because such unbridled activities is always counter-productive.

    He recalled that activities of people who trade under some structures especially bridges in the state in the past have resulted in incalculable damages to such structures, warning that such excesses would no longer be tolerated.

  • IKOYI/VI CLEAN-UP: 215 VEHICLES IMPOUNDED, 98 PEOPLE ARRESTED AND PROSECUTED SINCE COMMENCEMENT

       …..Committee warns liaison offices, buildings serving as hiding places for street traders, okada riders of dire consequences

    The Special Committee on the Clean Up of IKoyi and VIctoria Island on Sunday announced that it has so far impounded 215 vehicles and arrested and prosecuted 98 persons for various sundry environmental offenses since the commencement of the exercise.

    In a release signed by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello who also chairs the committee, the 215 vehicles were impounded from various areas in Ikoyi and Victoria Island for parking in prohibited zones and mechanic workshops located in unauthorized places.

    He said those arrested included street traders who displayed their wares on walkways, road set backs, those operating illegal car wash  centers and auto mobile mechanics who converted public spaces to mechanic workshops as well as some drivers of contravened vehicles who resisted the impoundment of the vehicles.

    He explained that those arrested were arraigned before mobile courts which sat at the Safety Arena Mobile court In Oshodi and another mobile court which sat in Victoria Island during one of the several raids and handed out sentences which included fines.

    He informed that in terms of goods seized, those that are perishable are immediately sent to the various orphanages and motherless babies homes spread across the state by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps(LAGESC) while non- perishable items are being kept at the agency store at Oshodi pending when a decision will be taken on the seized items.

    The Chairman added that since the commencement of the exercise on January 10, the Special committee and its enforcement gangs made up of operatives of the State Task Force on Environmental and Special offenses, the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps(LAGESC), Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, the Lagos State Waste Management Authority(LAWMA) have also been conducting daily raids across several streets to clear all shanties and structures on Drainage channels as well as occupants of abandoned buildings.

    He warned those managing liaison offices and other types of buildings, some of which have been abandoned, against serving as hiding places for okada riders and street traders, many of who usually seek refuge in them when raids are carried out.

    He warned that if the practice continued, the committee would compile the list of such abandoned offices, publish it and may advice the State Government to take legal measures to acquire such buildings.

    Bello emphasised that the committe will intensify the clean up campaign until complete sanity is restored in all the areas of Ikoyi and Victoria Island

    He listed some of the streets were the clean- up committee have operated and cleared shanties, structures on Drainage setbacks, street traders and roadside mechanics, cart pushers include Ahmadu Bello Way, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Koko Abayomi, Idowu Martins, Anifowoshe, Adeola Odeku, Saka Tinubu, BIshop Oluwole, Amodu Ojikutu, Ologun Agbeje, Akin Adesola, Adeola Hopewell, Churchgate, Idowu Taylor and Tiamiyu Savage.

    Others include Karimu Kotun, Olosa street, Oko Awo, Sanusi Fafunwa Balarabe Musa, BIshop Aboyade Cole, Ligali Ayorinde and Ajose Adeogun while the areas already cleared in Ikoyi include Bank Road, Bedwell Road, Bourdillon Road, Alexander Avenue, Gerrard Road, Queens Drive, Olumegbon,Olawale Daodu, Thompson and Club Road, Awolowo road and Second Avenue.

    Also speaking on the exercise, the director of operation, who also doubles as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Waste Monitoring, Mr Ayo Williams, said the clean -up committee is determined to force a relocation for all street traders and owners and occupiers of shanties and illegal structures in Ikoyi and Victoria Island by seizing their wares, dismantling the structures and prosecuting those arrested on a daily basis, both day and night.

  • LASG ADVOCATES STAKEHOLDERS SUPPORT FOR THE SUCCESS OF REGULATORY GUIDELINES IN WATER PROVISION

    Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu  on Wednesday sought the buy-in of major stakeholders and Nigerians in the water and waste water service provision to ensure the success of the regulatory guidelines in the water sector. 

    The Governor who spoke at the 2020 Lagos Water Conference held at the Muson Centre, Onikan through the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources,  Mr. Tunji Bello stated that their buy-in is essential to ensure that the water people is not only safe but in a safe environment.

    He said the clarion call by the administration on stakeholders has become necessary because it is generally accepted that the environmental regeneration programme in the water sector globally are now regulatory based and no government at any level can do it all alone.

    He said the current water crisis in which almost half of the world’s population has no or insufficient  access to clean water appeared to be an everyday occurrence which is referred to as governance crisis.

    Sanwo-Olu noted that the people created problems for themselves with the pollution of sources of clean water; unregulated sinking of boreholes; abuse and non-regeneration of water aquifers; possible occurrence of subsidence among others.

     He stressed that these problems  are matched only by the Government’s ability to create solutions and that  the forum will come up with sustainable resolutions for repositioning water governance and regulatory dispensation in Lagos State as a whole. 

    In his words: “I hope this forum will come up with sustainable resolutions for repositioning water governance and regulatory dispensation in Lagos State. I am confident that with the various stakeholders and invited speakers present at this conference would leave here better informed on the importance of and need for governance and regulation in our water sector” he said.

    He explained that good water management all over the world is one of the prerequisites of good governance adding that at the end of  the Dutch Water Governance Centre (WGC) 2011, produced a brief memorandum in which five elementary building blocks for good water governance were developed

    He emphasized that without the building blocks , there can not be good water governance and these include a powerful administrative organization of water management; a legally embedded system of water law; and adequate financing system; a systematic (planning) approach and the participation of stakeholders.

    He stated that at the inception of this administration, it pledged to create a safe, healthy and conducive environment for the good people of the state and has continued to demonstrate its commitment to the pledge through its various environmental regeneration programmes, one of which is the enthronement of a regulatory regime in the water sector.

    He thereafter called on all and sundry to join the train of collective transformation of the state while assuring that the present government will continue to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the water sector.

    Earlier in his remarks, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Sulaiman Adamu Stated that it is imperative for the State Government and Federal Government to synergize in order to ensure there is  provision of portable water for all citizens at all time.

    The Minister who spoke through the  Executive Director, Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission, Engr. Magashi Umar stressed that the Government must ensure the implementation of water regulations law so as to find a lasting solution to the water sector.

    In her welcome  address, the Executive Secretary, Water Regulatory Commission, Mrs. Funke Adepoju, expressed appreciation to the State Government for placing high premium on the provision of clean, safe and quality water in a sustainable environment calling on Lagosians to see themselves as stakeholders and ensure the 

    realisation of the vision.

    The Guest Speaker,  from Osmotek, South Africa Mr. Julius Steyn, said Lagos State has the ability to serve as a benchmark for the rest of the world bearing in mind the state posses the technological know how and renowned personnels.

    He explained that the payment for water in Lagos State was under valued and affordable when compared to other parts of the world where water is very expressive and difficult to access.

    One of the highlights of the conference was the unveiling of Borehole permit for drillers and residents as well as four different books on water resources management and regulations by the the Governor and others. 

    In attendance at the conference were top Federal and State Government functionaries, captains of industries amongst others.

  • LASG TAKES ADVOCACY ON CLIMATE CHANGE TO SCHOOL CHILDREN

    Lagos State Government on Wednesday took the advocacy on impacts of climate change to the young ones in the state, with a clarion call for urgent and drastic actions in mitigating the overbearing effects on the environment.

    Speaking at a seminar organized at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry Conference Centre at Alausa, the State Commissioner for the ENvironment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello said the programme is meant to catch them young and sensitise the young ones towards environmental sustainability and it becoming a way of life.


    He emphasized that as a pro-active Government, the State Government has resolutely implemented its resolutions in the areas of intensive Advocacy, Annual Massive Tree Planting Exercises, and construction of effective Drainage Channels to curtail flood, improved waste management complemented with recycling programmes, and exploration of Renewable Energy Sources amongst others. 


    The Commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Environment, Mrs. Ibironke Belinda  added: “The impact of climate change could result in problems with food security and may threaten livelihood activities upon which much of the population depends. In other words reduction in food production would affect wellbeing and productivity” 

    Analysing the concept of climate change, Bello said the mounting pressure on natural resources, dwindling wild life, rising world population and various forms of pollution calls for immediate change towards the environment and Water Resources, adding it as result of that, that the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources created the Environmental Education  Department with the responsibility of dealing with all environmental infraction issues and sustainability.

    The Guest Lecturer, a renowned Environmentalist, Mr. Ayo Tella, took  the students through lectures on the concept, impacts and preventive measure to ensure a safe planet.

     The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Environment, Mr. Segun Samuel said the Climate Change Sensitization became necessary so as to educate the younger ones from tender age about the  importance of greening in the society and why they must make it a way of life.

    He added that the Lagos State Government is determined to take the Sensitization to various schools across the state in order to continually get the supports of the future generations towards Environmental sustainability.

    One of the participants, Miss Blessings Saheed from Omole Senior Secondary School,  said the programme was educative and promised to desist from various activities that destroy the ozone layer.

    She added that she would go back to educate her colleagues, neighbours and family members to stop cooking with fire woods, to stop bush burning, to stop waste burning in order to safe the environment from been destroyed further.

    The seminar has in attendance students and teachers from the State’s Six Education Districts and selected private schools with the pupils getting a reassurance of the  
    re-emergence of the Climate Change Clubs in schools and members will be the Environmental Ambassadors of the State.

  • 36 VEHICLES IMPOUNDED, 4 PEOPLE ARRAIGNED, CONVICTED AS IKOYI AND VICTORIA ISLAND CLEAN UP COMMENCES

    The Lagos State Government on Friday commenced the enforcement of the Clean Up of Ikoyi and Victoria Island with the impounding of 36 exotic cars and trucks from an illegal car mart and mechanic workshop located on the pedestrian walkway of Muritala Mohammed Drive formerly Bank Road In Ikoyi .

    The enforcement team which was led by the Chairman of the Task Force on Environmental and Special offenses, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi also arrested four persons who were arraigned  before a mobile court immediately.

    One of those arraigned who converted part of the walkway on Bank Road to a beer parlour was fined  N50.000 while all the cartons of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks on display were confiscated.

    The three other persons who converted the walkway to a car mart were fined on each of the counts after pleading guilty and also had the 36 vehicles which were fairly used Tokunboh of different makes impounded by the court.

    The enforcement team also pulled down a makeshift mosque which was located on the pedestrian walkway also Bank Road, Ikoyi.

    All the remnants of the demolition exercise was carted away by Lagos State Waste Management Authority LAWMA, while towing vehicles were provided by LASTMA to move vehicles causing obstruction.

    The team also touched Adekunle Lawal formerly  Magregor Road and Olawale Daudu Road formerly Lord Rumens where a makeshift car wash opposite Abraham’s Court was dismantled and four vehicles wrongly parked towed away.

    Speaking with newsmen at end of day one of the exercise, CSP Egbeyemi adviced people who have mounted shanties and illegal structures to remove same immediately, adding that today’s exercise is just a tip of the iceberg.

    He added that the committee is committed to actualising its mandate in ridding Ikoyi and Victoria Island of all illegal structures and all environmental nuisances.

    He added that the special committee is planning to carry out the clean up exercise for the next six months and would ensure that it is sustained by KAI and Neighbourhood SAfety Corps operatives.

    The Special Committee had earlier embarked on several awareness campaigns through the electronic, print and social media to sensitise the general public, residents ,the owners of illegal structures on setbacks, walkways, drainage alignments, roadside mechanics and squatters in the affected areas to comply with the law maintaining that anyone caught would be dealt with according to the environmental laws of the state.

    As the exercise continues, commercial motorcycle riders plying restricted routes and commercial vehicles driving against traffic as well as those picking passengers on the main roads would also be prosecuted. 

    Night club owners and karaoke operators with inadequate parking spaces who encouraged their customers to park on main roads thereby making life difficult for residents to gain free access to their homes would also not go unpunished during this Clean-Up exercise.

    The resusitation of the Special Committee became necessary following the various complaints received from members of the public and residents of the area on the unwholesome activities going on in Ikoyi and Victoria Island axis.

    The quest to have a safe, clean and healthy Lagos is not negotiable as the present administration is set to find a permanent solution to all environmental infractions being witnessed in Ikoyi, and Victoria Island as well as other parts of the state.

  • LAGOS REITERATES CALL FOR CONSERVATION OF WETLANDS RESOURCES

    As State join in celebrating World Wetlands Day

    The Lagos State Government on Sunday renewed call for the conservation of wetlands resources in the State, saying they represent a critical part

     of the natural environment.

    The call was made by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello in an interview as part of the commemoration of the 2020 World Wetlands Day.

    He added that wetlands also help in reducing the impacts of flood, absorbing pollutant and improving water quality.



    Bello said that Lagos State as a coastal State has associated with the rest of the world in marking the 2020 World Wetlands day with the theme: “Wetland and Biodiversity”.

    He stated that this year’s theme “Wetland and Biodiversity” is unique and an opportunity to highlight wetland biodiversity, its status and why it matters, 

    He added that it’s an opportunity to promote actions to reverse its loss as it is now facing unprecedented extinction rates, threatening ecosystems with severe consequences for human survival. 


    He stated that Lagos State is seizing the opportunity of the World Wetlands day to sensitize Lagosians on the importance of wetlands, calling for more community participation in wetlands management and conservation in the State.

    “This year’s celebration  is dwelling more on creating awareness against encroachment and abuse of wetlands, educating people on the importance of wetlands to the ecology and economy of the State and to foster community participation in wetlands management in the State” he said”. 

    The Commissioner maintained that Wetlands were vital for human survival explaining that they are   unique and distinct ecosystem that is flooded, either permanently or seasonally by water and is known to sustain enormous life and also provide valuable economical services to humanity.

    He added  that wetlands were one of the world’s most productive environments, serving as  cradles of biological diversity that provide water and engender the sustenance  and survival of countless species of plants and animals.

    He stressed that wetlands are blessings to the communities where they exist because they serve as water reservoir, fertile for food and vegetable production, handcrafts and shelter, adding that they provide abode for cultural, recreational and tourist activities.

    While emphasizing the vital roles of wetlands, Bello said it is  faced with many threats from human activities and is the most threatened ecosystems globally.

    “It is rather unfortunate that enough consideration is not given to Wetlands as encroachment and abuse of Wetlands is a common experience to the extent that majority of the Wetlands in the State had been reclaimed with refuse and in some cases sand filled for conversion to other uses” he said. 


    To stem this development, the Environment Commissioner stated that the State Government would step up its monitoring and advocacy programme and ensure stakeholders collaboration for the protection of the state’s wetland resources.

  • LAGOS COMMENCES CLEAN -UP OF IKOYI, VICTORIA ISLAND ON FRIDAY AS SANWO-OLU RESUSCITATES SPECIAL COMMITTEE

    The Special Committee on the Clean-Up of Ikoyi and Victoria Island, recently resuscitated by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will commence the full enforcement of all environmental and traffic laws in the areas on Friday.

    The Special Committee in a press statement on Wednesday signed by the Chairman, Mr Tunji Bello informed that the committee working in conjunction with the Victoria Island and Ikoyi Residents Association (VIIRA) and different enforcement agencies in the State will remove all illegal structures and dislodge all squatters and miscreants in Ikoyi and Victoria Island.

    He explained that the committee has already conducted a reconnaissance operation of several areas in Victoria Island and Ikoyi in November to identify specific areas of infraction.

    Part of the focus of the Special Committee according to Tunji Bello who is also the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, is the clearing of refuse, identification and removal of all illegal structures on setbacks, walkways, drainage alignments as well as roadside mechanics who have converted several open spaces to automobile workshops.   

    He added that the activities of night club owners and karaoke operators without adequate parking lots and who thereby converts major roads into parking points inhibiting free access to residents of many areas especially in VIctoria Island would be put under check.

    Tunji Bello reiterated that leisure houses, night clubs and karaoke stations who engage in noise pollution will be served with abatement notices as the law dictates before the full force of the law is applied in such places, adding that religious homes who engage in noise pollution are advised to correct such anomalies before the task force commences its enforcement.

    He stated that the committee would also enforce the provision of the State Traffic law during the enforcement by apprehending and prosecuting commercial motorcycle riders who ply restricted routes and drive against traffic and commercial buses who drive against traffic and pick passengers on the main road.

    He said it was regrettable that highbrow Victoria Island and Ikoyi have now been heavily populated by different funny characters including operators of the old antiquated cart and three wheeler tricycle operators who park indiscriminately on walkways, affirming that the operators still have a grace period from now till the commencement of enforcement to move out of the areas or be dislodged and prosecuted.

    Bello emphasized that the task force will also dislodge illegal occupants of abandoned buildings several of which have been identified and which serve as hideout for criminals and prostitutes as well as destitute who roam about the streets in daytime and perpetrate crimes at dusk.

    He stated that part of the sustenance measures being planned by the Special Committee for the areas to be cleared is the deployment and retention of operatives of the Lagos Neighbourhood Watch, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (KAI) and LASPARK to be provided with security cover by the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offenses Task Force under the leadership of CSP Yinka Egbeyemi.

    Bello said the modus operandi of the Clean Up Task Force when enforcement commences is to conduct operations at Day and night and ensure the immediate trial of those caught for running foul of the state environmental sanitation offenses law and road traffic laws by the mobile courts which is an integral part of the operation.

    He reiterated that the present administration under the able leadership of Mr Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu intends to use the success of the impending clean up of IKoyi and Victoria Island as a test case and launching pad for the extention of the exercise to other parts of the state.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

  • LASG CHARGES RESIDENTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS DURING THE YULETIDE 

    The Lagos State Government on Monday  charged all residents of the state to be conscious of the state of the Environment as they celebrate the Christmas and New Year festivities.

    The State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello who gave this advice In an interview in his office at Alausa, Ikeja, stressed that it was necessary to enlighten Lagosians that they should show utmost love to the environment even as they celebrate.

    Bello, who wished all Lagosians a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year celebration, urged everyone to respect the environment, bearing in mind that a lot of waste would be generated during the Christmas and New Year celebrations calling for proper disposal of animal waste as well as proper sorting and bagging of such refuse and place them at designated points.

    He assured Lagosians that the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is positioned to respond adequately to the efforts efforts to rid Lagos of refuse heaps.

    He said that the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu is at the fore front of the campaign for a healthy people and a cleaner environment, and will always encourage Lagosians to desist from acts that could have negative impacts on the environment.

    The Commissioner advised residents who will be visiting the several Parks and Gardens across the state to be mindful of their activities while they celebrate and also avoid bringing inflammable objects to the gardens.

    He advised residents against the storage of petrol and other inflammable materials at homes, offices, shops and markets as their storage could aid fire outbreak particularly when virtually all objects in the environment are dry and combustible during this period.

    Bello further urged drivers to beware of the hazy weather condition which has reduced visibility to less than 10m, stressing that motorists should ensure that all parts of their vehicles are in good conditions before embarking on any journey.

    SIGNED
    KUNLE ADESHINA
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
    PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR
    23th  DECEMBER, 2019

  • LASG DEPLOYS STATE ENFORCEMENT OPERATIVES TO SUSTAIN CLEARED OUTER MARINA, ONIKAN.

      ……..60 KAI, NEIGHBOURHOOD, LASPARK officers on ground at all the areas.

    In order to sustain the dislodgement of  squatters and illegal structures on Outer Marina and Onikan, the State Government has deployed not less than 60 operatives of the three enforcement agencies of the State  to the various points of Onikan and Outer Marina for sustenance.

    The latest move has been made possible through the creation of a synergy between the operatives of Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (KAI), Lagos Neighbourhood Watch and Lagos State Parks and Gardens to sustain all the cleared areas.

    These was disclosed by  the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello on Wednesday while giving an update on the on-going operation.

    He stated that the State has also obtained the buy- in of the Office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 at Onikan to ensure the success of the sustenance operation.

    Bello said on a daily basis, a large detachment of the operatives of KAI, Neighbourhood Watch and LASPARK will be deployed to man and patrol the listed areas and prevent the return of the environmental nuisances. 

    He explained that in instances where the deployed teams have issues that bother on their safety or operations, they should call for reinforcement from their superiors.

    He reiterated the commitment of the administration to ensure that there would be no going back to the old, dirty, unkept environment days of Outer Marina and Onikan.

    The areas already cleared and to be sustained following the directives of Mr Governor are the Onikan corridors which include Police Zone 2 office/ the Island Club and Race Course/Lawn Tennis corridor and the Outer Marina.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina 

    Director (Public Affairs)