• 2022 WORLD CLEAN UP DAY: LAGOS SENSITISES COMMUNITIES ON PROPER SANITATION.

    The Lagos State Government on Saturday joined the rest of the world to mark World Clean Up Day, sensitizing local communities on proper Sanitation to improve good hygiene behaviours.

    Speaking during the sensitization campaign and clean-up exercise held at Alausa Village, Ikeja, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji said the exercise is about galvanizing residents to clean up and sanitize their immediate environment.

    PIX 092912 /092853 L-R: Director Environmental Sanitation Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth, Director Monitoring Enforcement and Compliance,Mr Elias Fasasi, Baale, Alausa Community in Ikeja, High Chief Toyin Badmus, Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services and Director Environmental Education Unit, Mrs Mosurat Banire and Deputy Director Environmental Sanitation, Mr Tokunbo Lasisi, during the year 2022 World Clean up Day, held on the 17th of September 2022, at Alausa community, Ikeja, Lagos.

    The Permanent Secretary who spoke through the Director, of Environmental Education, Mrs. Monsurat Banire said the exercise is a global social action program that was first observed in Estonia, a European country in 2018 and aimed at combating the global solid waste problem including the problem of marine waste.

    He added that the environment needs people just as people need the environment because there is strong correlation between sanitation and health problems such as malaria, diarrhea, cholera and death.

    According to him, it behoves all to collectively contribute their quota in achieving and ensuring environmental sustainability.

    Gaji, stated that the exercise this year focused on cleaning and sensitization the residents of Alausa stressing that participants commenced the exercise from the Ministry of the Environment premises and cleaned up trash as they walk along Governor’s Avenue through LASEPA through Kafi street to Jogunosimi Makinde and Odewale communities where intensive cleaning took place.

    He explained that as a result of the large and increasing population in the state, waste generation is an unavoidable aspect of man’s activities and should be well managed.

    “Everyone present is expected to put in his or her full dedication into today’s exercise to ensure the complete clean up of the designated areas as it is a clarion call that has the full backing of Mr Governor and the Honourable Commissioner”, he said.

    He commended the Baale, lya Oloja, Volunteer Groups, NGOs, CDAs, Community members, Marketers, Artisans and all other participants present for the success of the exercise, saying they are the vanguards of the environment.

    He urged all residents to emulate the gesture in order to ensure adequate protection of the environment which will in turn result in the sustainable development of Lagos State.

    In his welcome address, the Director of Sanitation Services, Dr Hassan Sanuth appealed to residents to always take sanitation as a civic responsibility and ensure the regular clean-up of their immediate environment.

    He said if the State is to become a healthy and productive society capable of contributing to the nation’s long-term development, then everyone must understand that environmental sanitation must not be taken for granted and appreciate why it is very important.

    In his remarks, the Baale of Alausa Land, High Chief Toyin Badmus expressed appreciation to the government for the initiative and called on residents to support the government to sustain the culture of consistent clean-up of their environment as well as make it an everyday attitude.

    He enjoined everyone to bear in mind that cleanliness is next to Godliness, adding that unhealthy practices in the environment could lead to contamination and diseases.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE &WR
    September 17, 2022

  • LAGOS ADVOCATES ENVIRONMENTAL ATTITUDINAL CHANGE IN COASTAL COMMUNITIES.

    The Lagos State Government on Tuesday advocated Environmental Attitudinal change among residents in coastal communities.

    Such attitudinal change includes abstinence from all forms of environmental pollution and encroachments in coastal communities in the state.

    Speaking during an advocacy meeting held at Makanjuola Hall, Lagos State University, LASU, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr Omobolaji Gaji said the programme was part of effort towards creating awareness on the importance of preserving coastal communities and maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

    PIX 7373 L-R: Rep of the PS, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Akinyode Abiodun, Rep. of the PS, Office of Environmental Services and Director Environmental Sanitation Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth, Director, Environmental Education Unit, Mrs Monsurat Banire, and Guest Lecturer, Director, Environmental Assessment dept. Dr. Olasunkanmi Sojinu during the one day Environmental Education Advocacy meeting on Attitudinal Change in Coastal Communities held at Makanjuola Hall, Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo on the 13th, Sept, 2022.

    Gaji represented by the Director, Sanitation Services, Office of Environmental Services, Dr Hassan Sanuth explained that Coastal communities in the recent past provided a great advantage to humanity
    based on its contribution to the food supply chain.

    He explained that coastal regions are important features in the landscape that provide numerous beneficial services for human, fish and wildlife adding that,
    some of these services and functions include protecting and improving water quality, providing food and maintaining surface water flow during dry periods.

    He said the anthropogenic activities of residents in coastal communities in the State following constant pollution and encroachment in various forms threatens
    the ecosystems.

    PIX 7362..L-R: Representative of the Chairman, Ojo LG, Hon. Joel Todonu, Rep of the PS, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Akinyode Abiodun, Rep of the PS, Office of Environmental Services and Dir. Environmental Sanitation Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth, Director, Environmental Educ Unit, Mrs Monsurat Banire, and Guest Lecturer, Director, Environmental Assessment, Dr Olasunkanmi Sojinu at Environmental Advocacy meeting on Attitudinal Change in Coastal areas held at LASU on Wed.

    He highlighted the activities to include indiscriminate disposal of industrial and Human waste dumped on wetlands and River banks stating that everyone must be encouraged to commit to proactively improve coastal communities.

    Gaji said communities in Ojo, Ikorodu, Ibeju Lekki, Badagry, Apapa were at great risks and sensitive to these prevailing environmental issues adding that danger looms if human attitude to the environment is not appropriately checked.

    “We all need to take a recourse in ensuring compliance to effective and efficient waste management, waste water storage and disposal, sanitary tank construction and management” he said.

    He opined that imbibing the required environmentally appropriate attitude is a task for everyone irrespective of status or placement in the society.

    Giving an overview on the surveillance carried out in Tedi, Ijede and Ariyo communities all in Ojo Local Government, the Director Environmental Education Unit, Mrs Monsurat Banire said it was discovered that most septic tanks in these communities were poorly constructed hence water from the septic tanks are discharged directly into the drainage channels and roads contaminating the
    water bodies and the aquifer.

    She said there is no better time than now to scale-up the level of awareness as it affects residents in the Ojo Local Government and other coastal areas of the State towards enlightening residents on the importance of attitudinal change and the development of great respect and value to the environment.

    The Guest lecturer, Director Environmental Assessment in the Office of Environmental Services, Dr Olasunkanmi Sojinu said the Earth is the only planet that supports human existence hence the need to ensure that it is not destroyed.

    He mentioned tree felling, open defecation, bush burning, indiscriminate refuse disposal as a few of human activities that are affecting the earth while advicing residents to desist from these activities and ensure their commitment to sustainable environment.

     

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE &WR

    14th September, 2022

  • RESUMED HEAVY RAINFALLS: LASG RENEWS WARNING TO OWNERS OF STRUCTURES ON DRAINAGE ALIGNMENTS.

    As heavy rainfall intensifies leading to flash floods, Lagos State Government on Tuesday renewed its warning to owners of all structures on drainage alignments and setbacks to please relocate to higher grounds.

    The State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello in a statement on Tuesday said many of such buildings have already been marked in Mende, Maryland and Aboru in Alimosho for contraventions on drainage alignments and may soon be demolished.

    He added that it is regrettable that after several of such warnings, the residents of the areas have refused to move but would rather resort to cheap blackmail of having nowhere to relocate to.

    Bello, who spoke against the background of a viral video of some people being rescued in Mende, emphasized that the area is a lowlying flood plain as attested to by the ODS markings on all the buildings in the viral video just as it is the drainage route for all the water coming from Agindigbi, Oregun, Opebi, Allen, GRA, Maryland up to Ogudu Foreshore.

    He said now is the time for the residents of all such areas in the state to hearken to the voice of reason by relocating to safeguard lives and properties.

    While pleading for calm from all residents, he stated that the drainages have the capacity to contain water runoff when the rain stops just as it is happening already.

    Bello said the heavy torrential rainfall which started in the early hours of Monday and still continued on Tuesday afternoon has caused flash floods in many areas.

    He reiterated his assurance that a minimum of four hours after the rainfall ceases, the water level in the lagoon will go down, allowing water from major collectors to flow into it and enabling all flood water that may have inundated our roads and streets to leave the streets.

    He stated that one constant factor that should be borne in mind always about Lagos is that it is a coastal city with over one third of its land mass under water.

    Bello said part of the proactive measures which the state has embraced is the all year round cleaning, clearing and outright construction of drainage channels that have increased their capacity to contain water and silt.

    He said the measure has helped in mitigating the effects the flash floods would have had on lives and properties.

    He said additionally, men of quick rapid response drainage team named Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) have continued to clean dark spots and free manholes across all primary, secondary and tertiary drains.

    He said going by the rainfall projections advisory issued by the Nigerian Meteorological Services NIMET early in the year, Lagos was projected to be among the moderately projected to be affected by flooding this year.

    He reiterated the dangers inherent in people wadding through floods especially with high currents during rainfalls, warning that people and vehicles could be swept away in such situations.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Dir. (Public Affairs)
    13th of September, 2022

  • LAGOS ADVOCATES HIGHER INVESTMENT BY EVERYONE IN CLIMATE ACTION REALISATION

    As State hosts 9th Climate Change Summit 

    Lagos State Government on Tuesday convened the 9th edition of the Climate Change Summit, advocating higher investment by everyone in the realization of the Climate Action Plan.

    This position was espoused by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu who spoke through his Deputy, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat at the Continental Hotel, VI, said the State Action Plan launched last year has started reaping great and impactful rewards, saying that Government, has instituted several adaptation programmes to ensure that citizens are shielded from the effects of Climate Change.

    Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, his counterpart in Office of Environmental Services, Omobola Gaji, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Mrs, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, representative of Lagos State Governor and Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat Honourable Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, Chairman (APC) Lagos State, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources Engr. Joe Igbokwe and Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU) Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, at the Lagos State, 9th International Climate Change Summit opening ceremony held on 2nd of August 2022, at Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

    “In just a year, the Lagos Climate Action Plan has started to reap great rewards, an example of such is the recently awarded grant to Lagos State Waterways Authority to improve the State’s ferry services to provide a multi-model transport network for Lagos thereby reducing commuters and greenhouse gas emissions associated with on-road transportation” he emphasized.

    Sanwo-Olu said the State understands the symbiosis between the effects of climate change and the persistence of violence against women and as such has identified several adaptation initiatives to address gender-specific impacts.

    “We are in constant discussion with our development partners and donor organizations to find solutions and ways to better adapt to climate impacts especially as it affects women, children, and people with disabilities in terms of provision of water; food security; energy and healthcare services,” he said.

    He added that the collaboration cannot go far without the engagement and tangible actions of the private sector because they are critical players in the climate action space, saying the two parties can mobilize public and private sector finance to drive the net-zero transition.

    The Governor implored participants to look critically into sectors such as Waste, Transportation, Energy, Housing and Food systems for the proper economic dimension, meeting global environmental and social standards and ecosystem restoration targets.

    According to him: “Global climate change is not a future problem. It is affecting every country in every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly”.

    He cited the example of the United Kingdom which has been experiencing increased temperature, resulting into wildfires across the country with attendant loss of several farmlands, homes and livelihood of individuals, adding that wildfires in California, the United States of America and other terrible natural disasters happening in China, India, Turkey and Australia, are indications that climate change impact knows no boundaries.

    He reiterated that Lagos being a littoral state is often inundated by flash floods due to an increase in sea level rise but soon disappears after few hours as compared to other affected States in the Nation.

    He reaffirmed that both the public and private sectors in Lagos must adopt the Lagos Climate Action Plan with the aim of incorporating plan, programme and actions that will set Lagos on a pathway for carbon neutrality and increased adaptation for her populace.

    He said that Climate action and sustainability have to be integrated at the heart of growth strategies, investment plans and institutional structures to facilitate the flow of public and private finance.

    “As a frontline State, we are always looking at making things better. That is why my government will be supporting the Youth also to drive this Change. The Youth have a central role of driving innovative climate technologies to adapt to the impacts of climate change” he noted.

    He revealed that this year’s event is featuring for the first time a Poster Competition for innovate solutions to tackle the impacts of Climate Change adding that come year 2023 at the 10th Lagos International Climate Change Summit, there is expectation that we will celebrate several grand innovative solutions to adapt to climate impacts.

    According to him, The times ahead requires accelerating investments in sustainable infrastructure, supported by clear strategies and programme, this will be the central driver of the new growth approach.

    Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resoures, Tunji Bello in his welcome address said this event over the years has served as a conveyor of opinions and suggestions on how to manage our planet against the deadly impact of Climate Change with special attention to our dear Lagos.

    He said it has become more expedient for all parties, government, leaders of thought, organized private sector, and individuals to embark on deliberate and consistent efforts to combat the Climate Change crisis.

    “There is a need for accelerated development and adoption of innovative climate technologies, likewise business models and financial mechanisms to support green economic growth,” he said.

    He said the theme for this year’s summit “Integrating Climate Actions in Lagos State Development: Investment Opportunities and Trade-offs’’ demonstrates governments commitment to Climate Action and how new vistas of opportunities can be opened.

    He said Government recognizes the impact of the organized private sector on economic growth in Lagos and the commitment of the Government to mainstream climate action in the next phase of the developmental agenda of Lagos State saying, it is an affirmative action in support of the role of the private sector in mitigating the effects of climate change.

    He disclosed that, Lagos is the only State in the Country that has developed and commenced the implementation of her Climate Action Plan in Nigeria adding that the Plan highlighted 26 initiatives across adaptation and mitigation actions to advance a sustainable low carbon economy to achieve net zero by Year 2050.

    He also disclosed that the State Government through the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources has signed up to the £15m UKAID Climate Action Implementation Programme, which will support cities to accelerate the implementation from their Climate Action Plans (CAPs).

    He emphasized that Lagos State is at an advanced stage of completing work on the Lagos Climate Adaptation and Resilient Plan (CARP) as the State prepares for the forthcoming Conference of Parties 27 (COP 27) in Egypt in November.

    He added that this document will project the state’s need on the adaptation level and also serves as one of the bargaining documents for collaboration and support from International Donor Agencies and investors.

    He noted that Climate Actions require significant investments and it is also a known fact that the economic cost of Climate Change far exceeds the cost of action adding that the Ministry is forward-looking with her collaborative efforts with the private sector in order to maximise the inherent benefits of climate action.

    The 9th Lagos State Climate Change Summit which had in attendance Investors, Academia, Scientist, Environmental enthusiasts, Climate Change analysts, Students and other Stakeholders continues on Wednesday.

  • LAGOS ADVOCATES HIGHER INVESTMENT BY EVERYONE IN CLIMATE ACTION REALISATION

    As State hosts 9th Climate Change Summit

    Lagos State Government on Tuesday convened the 9th edition of the Climate Change Summit, advocating higher investment by everyone in the realization of the Climate Action Plan.

    This position was espoused by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu who spoke through his Deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat at the Continental Hotel, VI, said the State Action Plan launched last year has started reaping great and impactful rewards, saying that Government, has instituted several adaptation programmes to ensure that citizens are shielded from the effects of Climate Change.

    “In just a year, the Lagos Climate Action Plan has started to reap great rewards, an example of such is the recently awarded grant to Lagos State Waterways Authority to improve the State’s ferry services to provide a multi-model transport network for Lagos thereby reducing commuters and greenhouse gas emissions associated with on-road transportation” he emphasized.

    L-R Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, his counterpart in Office of Environmental Services, Omobola Gaji, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Mrs, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, representative of Lagos State Governor and Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat Honourable Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, Chairman (APC) Lagos State, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources Engr. Joe Igbokwe and Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU) Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, at the Lagos State, 9th International Climate Change Summit opening ceremony held on 2nd of August 2022, at Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

     

    Sanwo-Olu said the State understands the symbiosis between the effects of climate change and the persistence of violence against women and as such has identified several adaptation initiatives to address gender-specific impacts.

    “We are in constant discussion with our development partners and donor organizations to find solutions and ways to better adapt to climate impacts especially as it affects women, children, and people with disabilities in terms of provision of water; food security; energy and healthcare services,” he said.

    He added that the collaboration cannot go far without the engagement and tangible actions of the private sector because they are critical players in the climate action space, saying the two parties can mobilize public and private sector finance to drive the net-zero transition.

    The Governor implored participants to look critically into sectors such as Waste, Transportation, Energy, Housing and Food systems for the proper economic dimension, meeting global environmental and social standards and ecosystem restoration targets.

    According him: “Global climate change is not a future problem. It is affecting every country in every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly”.

    He cited the example of the United Kingdom which has been experiencing increased temperature, resulting in wildfires across the country with attendant loss of several farmlands, homes and livelihood of individuals, adding that wildfires in California, United States of America and other terrible natural disasters happening in China, India, Turkey and Australia, are indications that climate change impact knows no boundaries.

    He reiterated that Lagos being a littoral state is often inundated by flash floods due to an increase in sea level rise but soon disappears after few hours as compared to other affected States in the Nation.

    He reaffirmed that both the public and private sectors in Lagos must adopt the Lagos Climate Action Plan with the aim of incorporating plan, programme and actions that will set Lagos on a pathway for carbon neutrality and increased adaptation for her populace.

    He said that Climate action and sustainability have to be integrated at the heart of growth strategies, investment plans and institutional structures to facilitate the flow of public and private finance.

    “As a frontline State, we are always looking at making things better. That is why my government will be supporting the Youth also to drive this Change. The Youth have a central role of driving innovative climate technologies to adapt to the impacts of climate change” he noted.

    He revealed that this year’s event is featuring for the first time a Poster Competition for innovate solutions to tackle the impacts of Climate Change adding that come year 2023 at the 10th Lagos International Climate Change Summit, there is expectation that we will celebrate several grand innovative solutions to adapt to climate impacts.

    According to him, The times ahead requires accelerating investments in sustainable infrastructure, supported by clear strategies and programme, this will be the central driver of the new growth approach.

    Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello in his welcome address said this event over the years has served as a conveyor of opinions and suggestions on how to manage our planet against the deadly impact of Climate Change with special attention to our dear Lagos.

    He said it has become more expedient for all parties, government, leaders of thought, organized private sector and individuals to embark on deliberate and consistent efforts to combat the Climate Change crisis.

    “There is a need for accelerated development and adoption of innovative climate technologies, likewise business models and financial mechanisms to support green economic growth,” he said.

    He said the theme for this year’s summit “Integrating Climate Actions in Lagos State Development: Investment Opportunities and Trade-offs’’ demonstrates the government’s commitment to Climate Action and how new vistas of opportunities can be opened.

    He said Government recognizes the impact of the organized private sector on economic growth in Lagos and the commitment of the Government to mainstream climate action in the next phase of the developmental agenda of Lagos State saying, it is affirmative action in support of the role of the private sector in mitigating the effects of climate change.

    He disclosed that Lagos is the only State in the Country that has developed and commenced the implementation of her Climate Action Plan in Nigeria adding that the Plan highlighted 26 initiatives across adaptation and mitigation actions to advance a sustainable low carbon economy to achieve net zero by the Year 2050.

    He also disclosed that the State Government through the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources has signed up to the £15m UKAID Climate Action Implementation Programme, which will support cities to accelerate the implementation from their Climate Action Plans (CAPs).

    He emphasized that Lagos State is at an advanced stage of completing work on the Lagos Climate Adaptation and Resilient Plan (CARP) as the State prepares for the forthcoming Conference of Parties 27 (COP 27) in Egypt in November.

    He added that this document will project the state’s need on the adaptation level and also serves as one of the bargaining documents for collaboration and support from International Donor Agencies and investors.

    He noted that Climate Actions require significant investments and it is also a known fact that the economic cost of Climate Change far exceeds the cost of action adding that the Ministry is forward-looking with her collaborative efforts with the private sector in order to maximize the inherent benefits of climate action.

    The 9th Lagos State Climate Change Summit which had in attendance Investors, Academia, Scientist, Environmental enthusiasts, Climate Change analysts, Students, and other Stakeholders continues on Wednesday.

  • LAGOS TO EXPAND SCOPE OF PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIP FOR A GREENER ECONOMY

    As preparations peaked for the 9th Lagos Climate Change Summit, the State has expressed readiness to expand the scope of private sector partnership for a greener Lagos.

    Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, Honourable Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Omobolaji Gaji, and Consultant on Climate Change, Prof. Babajide Alo, during the Press conference in preparation for the Lagos 9th International Climate Change Summit, held on the 27th of July, at Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources conference room, Alausa, Ikeja.

    Speaking at a pre-event media briefing at Alausa to herald the commencement of the Summit on Tuesday, August 2, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Tunji Bello said better and faster result is expected from the collaboration.

    He explained that the collaboration which has started from the conception and planning stage will get to the delivery of the mandates of the summit.

    “This collaboration is in recognition of the impact of the organized private sector on economic growth in Lagos and our resolve to mainstream climate action in the next phase of the developmental agenda of Lagos State” he explained.

    He highlighted that the theme for the summit “Integrating Climate Actions in Lagos State Development: Investment Opportunities and Trade-offs’’ demonstrates government’s commitment to Climate Action as a State and how new vistas of opportunities could be opened.

    He said last year during the 8th Lagos Climate Change Summit, the government launched the Lagos Climate Action Plan which is aimed at charting a course towards achieving net zero emission in Lagos by the year 2050 which is achievable through the implementation of impact-oriented actions across major sectors of the economy.

    He added that what this translates into is that the government have to accelerate the development of a green economy in the state by exploring innovative climate solutions and mobilizing necessary resources required to achieve this target.

    He informed that Mr Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu will be the Special Guest of Honour at the 2022 Summit while the lead paper titled: ‘’Financing Transformative Climate Actions for Lagos State’’ will be delivered by Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, of the Center for Climate and Development, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Nigeria.

    He appealed to all stakeholders, development partners, investors to join in the progress towards achieving a green and sustainable economic growth in Lagos.
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    SIGNED
    KUNLE ADESHINA
    DIRECTOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR

    27TH JULY, 2022.

  • LAGOS TAKES SANITATION/ HYGIENE ADVOCACY TO MARKET LEADERS

    As part of efforts to achieve an organised market as well as food security sustainability, the Lagos State Government has taken its market hygiene advocacy to market leaders.

    Addressing Market Leaders during the maiden edition of a one-day sensitization programme for Market leaders held at Ifako ijaiye Local Government Secretariat, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Omobolaji Gaji said the markets should be clean always, and a hygienic food handling process must be maintained to ensure socio-economic wellbeing.

    L-R … Director, Environmental Health Unit, office of Environmental Services, Sanitarian Olaewe Adewale, Iyaloja General of Ifako-Ijaiye, Local Government, Chief Doyin Ogunbiyi, Representatives of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Chairman and Head Human Resources, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Princess Bisi Mariam, Representatives of Director Drainage Maintenance, and Assistant Director, Engr. Yetunde Okanlawon and Representatives of Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services and Deputy Director, Sanitation Service Mrs. Omoyemi Balogun, during the One day sensitization program on the Cleanliness of market and foods for market leaders in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Lagos State held on the 21st of July 2022, at Ifako-Ijaiye Local government hall, College road, Ogba, Lagos State.

    Gaji said Lagos state had been the epicenter of diseases of public health importance since the 2014 Ebola case, Covid-19, Lassa fever and cholera establishing the associative link between the market environment, illnesses and diseases that threaten human existence.

    The Permanent Secretary represented by Deputy Director Sanitation, Mrs Omoyeni Balogun observed that in the market environment there are social behaviours that impacts the aesthetic of the environment which includes improper display and storage of foods and food items, Indiscriminate dumping of refuse, adding that the emerging epidemic and pandemic threats that confront humanity have links to markets.

    “Insanitary behaviours, Open defecation, littering and blocking the drainage system and more deface our markets and are threats to life and properties directly and indirectly” he said.

    The Permanent Secretary said all foods items pass through the market environment and are exposed to both intrinsic and extrinsic high-risk factors of unhealthy practices in the market environment saying that the way food items are displayed can bring about contamination from environmental pollutants.

    Gaji who frowned at indiscriminate refuse disposal under any guise reminded Lagosians especially market women and men to ensure that they sort their waste from the source saying that every stakeholder must be involved in the New environmental reforms.

    In her welcome address, the representative of the Chairman Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Princess Mariam Bisi emphasized that Lagos is the economic hub of Nigeria, adding that the statement will not have any significant meaning without the market and stakeholders that monitor the market environment.

    L-R … Director, Environmental Health Unit, office of Environmental Services, Sanitarian Olaewe Adewale, Iyaloja General of Ifako-Ijaiye,Local Government, Chief Doyin Ogunbiyi, Representatives of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Chairman and Head Human Resources, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Princess Bisi Mariam, Representatives of Director Drainage Maintenance, and Assistant Director, Engr. Yetunde Okanlawon and Representatives of Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services and Deputy Director, Sanitation Service Mrs. Omoyemi Balogun, during the One day sensitisation program on the Cleanliness of market and foods for market leaders in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Lagos State held on the 21st of July 2022, at Ifako-Ijaiye Local government hall, College road, Ogba, Lagos State.

    She appealed to market leaders in the Local Government to shun street trading and restrict all trading activities to the market, stressing that it is in the interest of all to respect the Lagos State and Local Government environmental laws.

    Participants at the Orientation programme include market Men and Women, Environmental Health Officers as well as local government officials.

    Lectures were delivered during the workshop on Food Hygiene, monitoring and Control, Waste Management, Water Security and quality, Drainage and flooding, and Pest and Diseases control in the market environment.

    SIGNED
    KUNLE ADESHINA
    DIRECTOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR

    21st JULY, 2022.

  • LASG ENGAGES TOILET OPERATORS ON PROMOTION OF HEALTHY PRACTICES

    The Lagos State Government on Tuesday engaged toilet operators across the state on the need to continually promote healthy sanitation practices in toilet management towards reducing open defecation to the barest minimum.

    Speaking at the maiden edition of a One- day training workshop with the theme “Best Practices in Public Toilet Management” held at the JJT Park, Secretariat, Alausa, the director of Sanitation Services, Dr Hassan Sanuth Ikeja reiterated that the State Government is determined to eradicate the menace of open defecation by 2025.

    PIX 3246: L- R : Director Sanitation Services, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth (right) presenting Certificate of Participation to Chairman Public Toilet Association Lagos State, Alhaji Omotunde Adenekan (middle) being assisted by Chief Operation Officer A- Mobile Group Academy, Mrs Damilola Oloruntade, during the one-day Training Workshop on Best Practices in Public Toilet Management, held on the 19th July 2022, at the Johnson Jakande Tinubu (JJT) Park , Alausa Ikeja

    He said the state government has four cardinal points of operation which include Advocacy; Regularization and standardization; Bridging the gap and Monitoring, Evaluation & Enforcement adding that the workshop comes under Regularization and standardization.

    He said the government in collaboration with A- Mobile Group Academy is determined to achieve zero tolerance regulation for open defecation and urination and that is the reason the training became imperative for all public toilet operators across the state.

    According to him, in order to become successful in rendering services, learning new things must be a way of life and mastery of the business brings Excellence.

    He said the government inaugurated an Anti- open defecation Squad some years back, according to the environmental laws of the state for non- complying members of the public and as such toilet operators must adhere to proper toilet management to avoid any form of sanctions from the government.

    He charged the toilet operators to always ensure proper handling of the toilets as this would help reduce government and individual expenditure on treatment of diseases and make more money available for other economic uses.

    PIX 3295 L- R : Toilet Owner, Ibrahim Talle, Chairman Lagos State Public Toilet Association , Alhaji Omotunde Adenekan, Chief Operation Officer, A-Mobile Group Academy, Mrs. Damilola Oloruntade and Director Sanitation Services, Office of Environmental Service, Dr. Hassan Sanuth, during a one-day Training Workshop on Best Practices in Public Toilet Management, held on the 19th of July 2022, at John Jakande Tinubu (JJT) Park , Alausa Ikeja.

    The facilitator and Chief Operating Officer, A- Mobile Group Academy Mrs. Damilola Oloruntade in a lecture titled “Best Practices in Toilet Management” explained that toilet operators must collaborate with the government in order to curb open defecation menace by building the toilet in a accessible location, employ trained staff, use appropriate tools, as well as employ legal waste disposal process amongst others.

    She said public toilet operators in order to achieve best practices in toilet management must be properly trained by approved body and also follow laid down rules by the government always.

    SIGNED
    KUNLE ADESHINA
    DIRECTOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR

    19TH JULY, 2022.