• WE’RE COMMITTED TO CHAMPIONING THE CAUSE OF NATURE CONSERVATION – SANWO -OLU

    LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

    MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

    BLOCK 16

    The Secretariat, Ikeja

    PRESS RELEASE

    WE’RE COMMITTED TO CHAMPIONING THE CAUSE OF NATURE CONSERVATION – SANWO -OLU

    …….celebrates 2021 Annual Walk for Nature

    The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu on Saturday restated his commitment to championing the cause of nature conservation for promoting sustainable environmental management in the state.

    The Governor spoke during the Lagos State Government and Nigeria Conservation Foundation powered 2021 Annual Walk for Nature,  held simultaneously at Ikoyi-Obalende, Surulere and Ikeja Local Government Areas through the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe.

    He stated that the State government would continue to safeguard biodiversity through the introduction of biodiversity laws.

    He stated that the introduction of biodiversity laws would help protect and better manage wetland systems and Biodiversity generally in the State.

    He described the theme for this year’s event “CONSERVE BIODIVERSITY, SUSTAIN HUMANITY” as very apt, considering the alarming rate at which the World’s biodiversity is constantly being threatened.

    He explained that Biodiversity has to do with all varieties of life which includes their interactions with each other and the environment adding that human activities over the past few centuries have not only impacted the earth but had altered the course of nature via over-exploitation of other life forms and
    pollution.

    He said according to the United Nations Global Biodiversity Outlook Report 2020:
    “Humanity stands at a crossroads with regards to the legacy it leaves to the
    future generations. Biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate and the pressures during this decline are intensifying”.

    The Chairman Executive Council Nigerian Conservation Foundation, (NCF) Chief Ede Dafinone stated that Biodiversity is the bedrock of Human existence calling on all to live in partnership with nature.

    He urged Lagosians to show love to themselves by caring for the Environment adding that Lagos State Government and NCF will continue to propagate the message of Environmental Sustainability to the grassroot.

    Earlier in a welcome address, Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs Belinda Odeneye noted that conserving biodiversity to sustain humanity is very essential considering the fact that biodiversity is essential to human health, well-being and prosperity.

    She stated that biodiversity supports the provision of ecosystem services such as food, fresh water, fuel wood, fibre, biochemical, ecotourism which are central to economic activities.

    She said human cravings for developmental changes, plastic production and consumption, illegal trade in endangered species have caused great harm to nature and biodiversity, adding that there is need to restore these priced resources.

    She explained that the Lagos State Government through the THEMES Agenda addresses some of these issues to ensure environmental sustainability stressing that the State is developing a sector policy on wetland and biodiversity to ensure balanced development where the cause of nature is adequately mainstreamed into the development planning.

    “Furthermore, the State through its plastic recycling programme addresses the issue of Plastic Waste pollution that negatively affect aquatic wildlife and cause environmental degradation” she said.

    The walk featured participation by several groups, coperate organizations, volunteers and Environment enthusiasts.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE &WR

    October 23, 2021

  • Lagos partners NCF for 14th Walk for Nature on Saturday

    LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

    MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

    BLOCK 16

    The Secretariat, Ikeja

     

    PRESS RELEASE

     

    Lagos partners NCF for 14th Walk for Nature on Saturday

    The Lagos State Government in conjunction with Nigerian Conservation Foundation NCF is set to hold the 14th edition of the Annual Walk for Nature which will this year highlight the sustainability of a heathier and safer environment.

    Spealing at a press conference to sensitize the public on the importance of year 2021 Annual Walk for Nature on Monday at Alausa, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello called for a behavioural change in favour of biodiversity conservation, adding that as people conserve biodiversity around them, they conserve their lives.

     

    He said Lagos State Government had since 2008 been collaborating with Nigerian Conservation Foundation to enlightening the citizenry on the importance of environmental protection and conservation through a yearly programme tagged “WALK FOR NATURE”

     

    He stressed that the collaboration which has been on annually for the past fourteen (14) years on every third Saturday of October, adding that the theme for each year is coined from the theme of the Annual World Environment Day.

     

    The Permanent Secretary, Office of Environment, Mrs Ronke Odeneye, who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner said the State Government is seeking to generate interest in conservation matters through partnership and collaboration with the Private sector and Non-governmental organization in compliance with the SDG 17.

     

    Bello said Walk for Nature is an effort towards preserving Nature and improving the quality of lives of everyone and increasing the environmental health of the State through reduction of vehicular emission.

     

    He mentioned that the event over the years has created a great deal of consciousness amongst Lagosians especially those on Lagos Island which is one of the 5 divisions of Lagos State.

     

    “To further spread the awareness state-wide, this year’s programme has been extended to other parts of the State, and the commemoration will take place simultaneously in Ikeja Local Government, Surulere Local Government, and Ikoyi Obalende Local Council Development Area as a strategy to decentralize the awareness campaign and better reach out to the populace while complying with the COVID 19 protocols put in place by the State Government” he said.

     

    The Chairman, Nigeria Conservation Foundation, Mr. Ede Dafinone while speaking, reiterated that the programme is to create more awareness on the activities that mount pressure on biodiversity and wildlife.

     

    He said for so many years around the world, the use of non degradable materials have posed a significant problem especially pet bottles and styrofoam which are seen in the oceans and seas.

     

    He explained that one third of all the fishes feed on some of these plastic which in turn human being consume and get exposed to Health dangers.

     

    The 2021 Walk for Nature will hold on Saturday 23rd of October simultaneously in 3 location, namely Ikoyi, Ikeja and Surulere Local Government Areas.

     

     

     

    Signed

     

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE &WR

    October 18, 2021

  • 2021 HAND WASHING DAY: LASG PREACHES MESSAGE OF PROPER HYGIENE.

    LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
    MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

    BLOCK 16

    The Secretariat, Ikeja

     

    PRESS RELEASE

    2021 HAND WASHING DAY: LASG PREACHES MESSAGE OF PROPER HYGIENE.

    Lagos State on Friday joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World Hand Washing Day, restating the message of proper hygiene by all and sundry always.

    Speaking at the handover of a hand washing bay located at Adaranijo Market Bariga, as part of the celebration, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde said the present administration places premium on personal hygiene to keep diseases at bay.

    Shodeinde who was represented by the Director, Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite added that the theme for the 2021
    Global Hand Washing Day: “Our future is at hand, let’s move forward together” is very apt.

    He explained that this is because it gives opportunity for the long awaited drive to leave no one behind in the State Government’s Sustainable Development Agenda on healthy living

    Addressing the audience made up of Market men and women, Shodeinde explained that germs were everywhere and as such washing of the hands with soap and water frequently is the best practice that can prevent all from contacting any kind of infection or disease.

    According to him, we should always bear in mind that health is wealth and as such, ensure washing of our hands with water and soap in order to avert spreading of germs and ensure a healthy environment.

    The Permanent Secretary stressed that the present administration is at the fore front of the initiative to promote proper hygiene amongst the citizenry and that is the reason it has thrown its weight to support the move to achieve a cleaner, healthier and safer environment.

    The Director, Water Resources, Engr. Omolanke Taiwo while speaking, stated that Global Hand washing Day
    is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding the importance of hand washing with soap always.

    “This year’s theme focuses on coordinated action for us to actively work together towards universal hand hygiene, this reminds us to make handwashing a part of everyday life, especially at critical times’’ she said

    She said the COVID-19 pandemic provides a stark reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of diseases is hand hygiene, and it is critically important that hand washing remains a priority now and beyond the pandemic.

    She mentioned that the constructed hand washing bay with multiple taps at Adaranijo market in Bariga LCDA by the Ministry is expected to be maintained by the customers, traders and associations within the market, adding that two others would also be constructed at Oluwo Market in Epe and Agbalata Market in Badagry.

    Also, the WASH Consultant from the Ministry, Engr. Mrs. Sanni – Anibire noted that the State Government participated in this year’s celebration through massive sensitisation campaign to achieve behavioral change among the citizenry across the state.

    In response, the Iya Oloja General of Bariga LCDA, Adaranijo Market, Bariga, Mrs. Iyabo Olaniwun expressed appreciation to the state Government for the initiative and promised that traders would take ownership of the hand washing bay and ensure it is put to good use.

     

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    October 16, 2021

  • LASG READS RIOT ACT TO NIGHT CLUBS, BARS, KARAOKE OVER NOISE POLLUTION 

    PRESS RELEASE

    LASG READS RIOT ACT TO NIGHT CLUBS, BARS, KARAOKE OVER NOISE POLLUTION

    …Vows to intensify raids, shut erring clubs, prosecute owners.

     

    Lagos State Government on Sunday read the riot act to night clubs, bars and lounges in the state especially in the Lekki axis to desist from noise pollution or.risk being shut.

    A statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources,  Tunji Bello said enforcement raids were carried out on some night clubs in Lekki following repeated complaints by residents in the area and different parts of the state.

    He stated that, specifically, he directed enforcement officers of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency LASEPA to raid Prest Jazz Club on Admiralty Way, Lekki following complaints of flagrant noise pollution.

    He stressed that when the enforcement officers got to the clubs, different giant speakers and musical instruments were seen assembled for stage plays, and shows, blaring music, prompting its closure.

    He averred that many residents of highbrow Lekki, especially elderly citizens have inundated his office with petitions and complaints about the adverse effect of the noise pollution on their health every night till the early hours of the day.

    While giving a commitment that the exercise will be a continous one, Bello advised all clubs who engage in noise pollution to retrace their steps before it is too late.

    He maintained that apart from putting such clubs or bars under lock and key, the owners of such relaxation points would also be prosecuted according to the dictates of the law.

    He reiterated that no one or organisation would be treated as a sacred cow in the latest campaign and that research has also shown that noise pollution is one of the causative factors for reduced lifespan.

    Bello added that the second pillar of the 6 points Development Agenda of the present administration is Health and Environment with combating of noise pollution being an integral feature.

  • OYAN DAM RELEASE: LAGOS ALERTS RESIDENTS TO BE ON STANDBY

    LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

    MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

    PRESS RELEASE

    OYAN DAM RELEASE: LAGOS ALERTS RESIDENTS TO BE ON STANDBY

    Lagos State Government has alerted residents, especially those in areas contiguous to the Ogun River about the continous steady release of water from the Oyan Dam, urging them to be on standby.

    In a release signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, he said officials of the state have been monitoring the release which was earlier announced through an advisory.

    He listed areas where the release of water is being felt as Isheri North, Kara, Itowolo, Ajegunle and Majidun and Ogolonto.

    He stated that it is the intensity of the rainfall recorded in Lagos and connecting rivers that determines the level to be released by the Oyan Dam authorities.

    He added that in the last one week, the volume of water released has ranged from 15,000 milliliters through to 21,000 and reducing to 17,000 milliliters on Monday.

    Bello stated that as more water is released from Oyan Dam, peaking in October, residents in low-lying areas should be on standby to move to higher grounds.

    Specifically, he said residents who live in the downstream of Isheri Olofin up to part of Agboyi will experience flooding as earlier alerted.

    Bello stressed that
    similarly, Onikoyi/Agelete community at IBA New Town at IBA LCDA are also experiencing flooding due to their closeness to Yewa River.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Dir. Public Affairs (MOE&WR)
    September 13, 2021