• 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.

    “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.

  • LASG SYMPATHISES WITH RESIDENTS OVER FLASH FLOODS IN SEVERAL AREAS

    ……Says the Oko Oba Channel is undergoing expansion.

    …..Urges motorists and pedestrians to avoid wading through floods during rainfalls

    Lagos State Government on Saturday sympathized with residents of the state over heavy flash flooding experienced in several parts of the State including Oko Oba in Agege, urging everyone to remain vigilant and cautious.

    The State Government in a statement signed by the commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello said flash flooding on old Oko Oba Road followed the ceaseless rainfall of over 10 hours that led to the overflowing of the Oko Oba Canal Channel which is presently undergoing expansion.

    Bello stated that the Oko Oba Canal in Agege is being expanded to allow for the containment of more stormwater that would reduce flooding in the area.

    He explained that the state Government has always adviced that motorists and residents should be cautious and refrain from wading through flood waters during heavy rainfalls largely because of the dangers inherent in it.

    He added that the contractor handling the expansion project has been slowed down by the intensity of the rains of the past weeks but is committed to the completion of the project.

    He reminded that because of the coastal nature of the state, it is bound to experience flooding when there is heavy rainfall, especially about a rainfall that started on Friday with high intensity and has not receded till over 36 hours after.

    He said all the water bodies into which the channels including the Oko Oba channel will deliver have risen and will only recede hours after the rainfall ceases.

    Bello appealed to residents to be very cautious as Lagos will experience more heavy rains till end of August and that all residents and motorists should avoid having to wade through floods while it is raining.

    He also urged all those in depressed and low-lying areas in the state at this period to be wary of water levels and be ready to move to high areas during the rainfall to safeguard lives and properties.

    The Commissioner also enjoined the people to complement the efforts of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang of the state that are busy freeing up all clogged black spots all the time by not dumping refuse into drains and canals.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR

  • CLEANLINESS SHOULD BE EVERY RESIDENT’S WATCHWORD DURING SALLAH – TUNJI BELLO

    ….Reiterates ban on Sale of Rams on Highways and Roads.

    As the Sallah celebration approaches, the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources on Thursday called on residents to continue to make cleaniness and safety their watchword throughout the season

    In a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, he urged Lagosians to respect the environment, be mindful of littering and dispose of animal waste properly during the festive period.

    He said all generated waste through slaughtering of rams and other animals as well as waste from food items must be properly disposed, through bagging and placement at designated points.

    He warned against dumping wastes generated from slaughtering of animals into drains, stating that such action will come back to haunt all residents through flooding.

    He added that sanitation workers and waste managers would all be on duty and have been mandated to work relentlessly across the State during this period.

    “ It is not unexpected that there will be an increase in generated waste during and after the Sallah, therefore our Sanitation Intervention Programme with the combined efforts of the Ministry of the Environment and Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is still on course to rid Lagos of indiscriminate refuse dumping” he assured.

    He said that the administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu would continue to be in the fore front of the campaign for a healthy and cleaner environment, encouraging Lagosians to desist from acts that could have negative impacts on the environment.

    He reminded Lagosians that the Law against street trading was still in force, stressing that this includes display of rams on major highways, road medians, lay-byes, gardens and parks across the State.

    “While it is a usual act for some traders to take advantage of the season to display and sell rams, this must be done at designated markets without defacing the environment, affecting traffic or compromising the wellbeing of Lagosians”, he said.

    Bello while felicitating with all Muslims reminded all that as the rains are here urged Lagosians to guard against the outbreak of epidemics, by ensuring that wastes are handled in the most appropriate way without defacing the aesthetic of the state.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR

    6th July, 2022

  • LAGOS ADVOCATES EMBRACE OF CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR ABATTOIR OPERATORS

    …Holds 1 Day workshop for Slaughter Houses and Abattoir Operators

    Lagos State Government on Thursday engaged owners of slaughterhouses and Abattoir Operators to embrace the process of circular economy, where waste generated in Abattoirs will be converted into other uses as a means to tackle various global challenges.

    This call was made by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello during a one day workshop on Environmental Management in Abattoirs and Slaughter Houses in Lagos State, themed “Circular Economy: Conversion of Abattoir Waste to wealth ” held at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Alausa, Ikeja.

    Tunji Bello represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Omobolaji Gaji added that such global challenges which need to be tackled include climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, pollution amongst others.

    He explained that routine monitoring of the Abattoirs and Slaughter houses/slabs by officials of this Ministry has established that over 3000 cattles are slaughtered daily in over 50 identified Slaughter Slabs/Houses across the State.

    “It has been observed that operators of these facilities often have difficulties in disposing, treating and processing the waste generated in an environmentally acceptable manner thereby allowing untreated wastewater to eventually finds its way into the natural water bodies.

    He added that poor handling of other wastes such as the Cow dung, bones, blood and others result in different degrees of environmental degradation and pollution.

    He added that also associated with the poor waste management in Abattoirs is biodiversity loss that affects the food chain, increase the Bio – chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) of the natural water bodies due to promotion of bacterial growth thereby depriving other aquatic organisms of the much needed oxygen for survival.

    He stressed that poor animal waste management contributed to environmental pollution such as underground water pollution, air pollution, odour nuisance, soil pollution leading to transmission of diseases to human. (Zoonosis).

    He said the accumulation of Cow dungs, Paunch contents and bones would encourage the build-up of methane gas, Green House Gas that causes depletion of the ozone layer and invariably causes global warming.

    He maintained that the consequence of the poor management of waste from the operations of the abattoir facilities constitute a high risk to the sustainability of the Environment as well as public health.

    He stated that the present administration led by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has proactively put the issues of the environment at a very prominent place in its policy thrust and has remained committed to it.

    He recalled that the world recently celebrated the environment day with the theme, “Only One Earth”, underscoring the fact that there is no other planet available to all and so everyone need to take care of the only one Earth.

    He emphasized that now more than ever, matters that affect the environment have become the focus of every government that cares for the welfare of its people and the future generation.

    He said the destructive action on the environment needs to be reversed with utmost urgency and everyone have a role to play to reverse the unsafe practices that impact negatively on the environment and imbibe more sustainable practices.

    He said the workshop expected to afford participants the opportunity to turn waste to economically useful products that will reduce their operation cost as well as increase their revenue.

    Earlier in his welcome address, the representative of the Permanent Secretary, Director of Sanitation Services Department, Dr. Hassan Sanuth said the workshop was designed to educate and encourage participants to adopt best available methods in the management of operational by-products and eliminate the negative impacts of abattoir operations on the environment.

    He urged everyone to make efforts to ensure that the environment that would be bequeathed to the future generations remains as livable as people are living in it today or try to improve for better.

    In her lecture, the Guest Lecturer, Dr Margret Owolabi speaking on the topic converting Bone and Blood to viable products said an average yield of 10 -20kg of blood can be derived from 1 cow saying that cow blood is very high in Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Calcium.

    She said animal blood can be used as fertilizers as well as mixed with animal feed while bone is also made into Gelatin, Glue and bone meal adding that Abattoir Operators need to collaborate with investors for high tech value addition for local and export purposes.

    She concluded that efficient treatment of animal by-products encourage rapid hygienic disposal of waste thus avoiding decomposition and formation of obnoxious odour.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE &WR
    June 23, 2022

  • LAGOS SEEKS PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIP ON CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

    Lagos State Government on Thursday convened the first edition of Lagos Climate Change Business Meeting with the organised private sector, sharing her vision in advancing Climate Action in the State.

    Speaking at the roundtable talk held at Ebony Life Place, Victoria Island, the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello said government as an enabler is keen on partnering with the private sector to confront climate change.

    He added that the several mitigation and Adaptation measures adopted by government could be embraced by the private to improve their productivity, profit and make the state more liveable.

    Represented by the Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji, he said the State Government has deemed it necessary to begin to have conversations to co-opt the private sector into the Lagos Climate Action initiative.

    He revealed that climate change is now more of a developmental issue which requires the collaborative effort of Government, The Organized Private Sector, Civil Society Organizations, The Academia and all relevant stakeholders.

    Bello said Government in year 2021 launched its Climate Action Plan which is expected to equip the State to take decisive and impact-oriented action to address the development challenges it faces in the pursuit of sustainable low-carbon and climate-resilient socio-economic development.

    “In as much as we are aware of the threat climate change poses to the environment, the economy and livelihoods, we also need to begin to view climate change through the prism of the opportunities it presents in the areas of job creation, attraction of direct investments, healthcare improvements, waste to energy initiatives, sustainable infrastructure development, and renewable energy investments” he adviced.

    Bello gave an example of the result from the Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory conducted by the Ministry which revealed that the energy sector contributes the highest emission, while Lagos receives less than12,000MWh daily from the National grid which is about 6.25%.

    “Even if we compare generator cost of N130/ KWh with a grid cost of N50/ KWh , the cost associated with burning fossil fuel by residents and businesses in the State for energy generation daily is estimated at a staggering sum of 14.4 Billion Naira daily and N5.3 Trillion annually . This value currently spent on non-renewable energy sources can be channeled into renewable energy sources with potential savings made” he revealed.

    He said this is a decade of action and it is important to collectively begin to mobilize necessary support and resources to embark on transformative actions on Climate Change adding that this will enable a shift towards green economic growth, develop our adaptive capacity towards climate change and also achieve emission neutrality.

    He however express optimism that with the initiation of the meeting, collaboration on Climate Action will be established and sustained to effectively deliver on the goals of the Lagos Climate Action Plan in the Energy, Waste and Transport Sectors.

    Speaking at the event, the Head and General Manager Sustenability at Dangote Cement, Igazeuma Okoroba commended the initiative of the State Government on the parley, promising Dangote coy’s commitment to its sustenance.

    She said when Government shares its vision as an enabler, the private will be more to participate actively in such venture just like Dangote Cement did with the 8th Lagos Climate Change Summit last year.

    The meeting also had in attendance reresentatives from Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance(FBRA), banks, multinational companies and agencies of the State Government.

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    June 16, 2022

  • LAGOS LAUNCHES SANITATION HYGIENE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday launched a Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Project to improve good hygiene behaviors amongst the vulnerable in the state.

    The Permanent Secretary Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Nurudeen Shodeinde during the launching at the Amber Residence GRA, Ikeja said that the program is aimed to educate the residents of two selected LCDA Ikorodu North and Ojodu LCDAs on good hygiene.

    Speaking through the Director, Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Manmood Adegbite said the project entails disseminating knowledge and understanding of hygiene practices as well as their associated health hazards to low-income populations.

    He added that the goal of the project is also to raise hygiene awareness among people in the target communities, with a focus on hygiene education for women and girls.

    He said that the Government of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu will continue to fund other important projects aimed toward the revitalization of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene sector in the State.

    “This is to formalize the structured and methodical approach to gaining universal adoption of handwashing and faecal sludge disposal, behaviours that are expected to reduce disease-causing micro-organisms and parasite transmission,” he said.

    He stated that the Government through Ministry has been in the campaign for public health before now and has also embarked on the review of WASH policy for the State in collaboration with stakeholders to achieve a proper Institutional arrangement capable of delivering the goal of access to potable water and sanitation to all in the State.

    He added that the Ministry has also embarked on sensitization of the populace on handwashing and hygiene practices stressing that this was backed up by the provision of handwashing facilities in schools, markets and correctional facilities across the State.

    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 hygiene must not be taken for granted and appreciate
    why it is important.

    According to him, “our esteemed audience does not need convincing about the importance of hygiene instead, you are active Stakeholders with whom we can discuss ways to persuade others of the importance of hygiene, water supply, sanitation and public health. If sanitation and hygiene are vital, then stakeholders like you who fight to promote water supply, sanitation and hygiene are critical”.

    He explained that the government has not accomplished all these in isolation, but with the engagement of several partners which include Federal and Local Agencies, WaterAid Nigeria, stakeholders in the academia, development partners and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to accelerate the development of WASH sector in the State.

     

    He said the State Planning and Implementation committee (SPIC) would be inaugurated and its members drawn from different sectors to ensure the successful monitoring of the program while also carrying out advocacy at both the State and Local Government Area/Local Council Development Areas (LGA/LCDA).

    Earlier in his remarks, the representative of the Country Manager, WaterAid/ Kimberly Clark, Mr. Ukeme Essien said the project is aimed at achieving safe services in focused geographic areas to influence wider change and also priotize WASH across the health sector to improve public health.

    He said targeted beneficiaries in this project include 20, 000 mothers, pregnant and lactating women who would be provided with hygiene kits and context specific hygiene promotion activities.

    He emphasized that 5,000 secondary school girls would be reached with hygiene kits, hygiene promotion and menstrual hygiene education adding that 3,000 secondary schools students would benefit from rehabilitated sanitation facilities.

    Also in her welcome address, the Director of Water Resources, Engr. (Mrs.) Omolanke Taiwo said the event was significant because it is about promoting and educating residents of Ikorodu North and Ojodu LCDAs on behavioural change.

    She stated further that the goal of the project is to increase public awareness on good hygiene practices and the risk it poses to their health when not practice.

    She said it should be recalled that baseline survey was conducted at the LCDA level and involved data gathering on schools, Primary Health Care centres and Communities without access to toilets and handwashing facilities.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE &WR
    June 15, 2022