• LASG CONDEMNS REPORTED BRUTALISATION OF JOURNALIST BY KAI OPERATIVES

    The Lagos State Government on Thursday condemned the reported brutalization of a journalist with Guild Press Limited, Benjamin Anaja by some operatives of the Kick against Indiscipline (KAI) at Meiran Bus Stop, along the Lagos Abeokuta Expressway.

    In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, he said the present administration in the State has a zero tolerance for any form of brutalization of members of the public by any of her staffers or agents.

    He stated that the incident will be thoroughly investigated and all the KAI operatives mentioned in the news report which has already gone viral will be interrogated on what actually transpired and punitive measures taken if found culpable.

    He reiterated that the complainant would also be invited to come forward and substantiate his complaint and possibly identify the culprits who attacked him despite identifying himself as a journalist.

    The State apologized to the victim, the management of the Guild publishing company and the Nigerian Union of Journalists, promising that such an unfortunate incident will not repeat itself.

    He says the present administration under the leadership of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu believes in a free and unfettered media which is a basic requirement for a better and egalitarian society.

    It would be recalled that a news story has gone viral on Wednesday evening about some operatives of KAI dislodging street traders at Meiran Bus Stop on Lagos Abeokuta Expressway and who reportedly accosted a journalist who was recording the event.

    He claimed to have produced his identity card but was dragged into the Green Maria, brutalized, detained for several hours and had his identity card rumpled before he was eventually released at Ikeja Along Bus Stop.  

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE&WR

    Feb 04, 2021

  • COVID 19 SECOND WAVE: LASG COMMENCES DECONTAMINATION OF STATE SECRETARIAT AND GOVT AGENCIES

    In line with preventive measures to curtail the spread of the second wave of the Covid-19, The Lagos State Government on Saturday commenced the full decontamination/fumigation of  Offices in the State Secretariat Complexes and other Governmental offices.

    A statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services in Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources,  Mrs Belinda Odeneye stated that the exercise had become necessary to reduce the risk of the spread of the corona virus in the state secretariat.

    She emphasized that the State Government will continue to adopt measures as part of the safety protocols to ensure that the Covid 19 pandemic does not further spread in the State, saying that the fumigation exercise will be a continuous process until the pandemic is contained.

    Mrs Odeneye said the decontamination exercise which commenced on Friday, 15th of January 2021 with the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Lands Bureau, and Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development is expected to end on Saturday the 30th of January 2021.

    The statement added that the exercise commences at 2pm during the weekdays while it would start at 8am on weekends, urging  workers to vacate their offices and  complex on stipulated days in order to avoid inhaling the chemicals used during fumigation exercise.

    According to the schedule, the Office of the Head of Service/PSO, Ministry of Special Duties & Inter-Governmental Relations, Management Services and Reforms Office, Office of Transformation,  Creativity and Innovation, Ministry of Agriculture, Office of Public Private Partnership, Lagos State Public Procurement Agency and Office of Civic Engagement will be fumigated on Saturday 16th of January, 2021 while the Office of Secretary to the State Government Cabinet Office, Office of the State Auditor General, Audit Service Commission, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education, Office of Education Quality Assurance is to be fumigated on Sunday 17th of January 2021.

    The Office of the Deputy Governor, Ministry of Local Government & Community Affairs, Civil Service Commission, Ministry of Tourism Culture, Ministry of Waterfronts will be fumigated on Monday 18th January 2021 in addition to the Ministry of Works & Infrastructure, Ministry of Housing, Civil Service Pension Office, Ministry of Information & Strategy and Ministry of Health that will be decontaminated on Tuesday 19th of January, 2021.

    The Staff Clinic, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Establishment, Training & Pensions, Central Business Districts Office, Motor Vehicle Administration Agency, Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives is expected to be fumigated on the Wednesday 20th of January, 2021

    and  listed Ministry of Wealth Creation & Employment, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, Ministry of Home Affairs, Lagos State Liaison  Office Annex, Lagos State Valuation Office, Lagos State Real Estate Transaction Department and Lagos State Planning & Environmental Monitoring Authority for Thursday 21st of January, 2021.

    The State Treasury Office, Ministry of Finance, ABAT CENTRE, SPDV, Ministry of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Youth and Social Development are to be fumigated on Friday 22nd of January 2021

    while Ministry of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, Lagos State Safety Commission, Ministry of Economic planning & Budget, Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission and the Lagos Television LTV Complex Agidingbi are to be decontaminated on 23rd of January while the State  House of Assembly Complex, LASEPA Building, LASEMA, Fire Service Office, Alausa, Digital Village and RRS & GMT will be fumigated on Sunday 24th January.

    The Exercise moves to the Old Secretariat, Ikeja on Monday, 25th January 2021 with Local Government Service Commission, Local Government Establishment & Pension Office, Teachers Establishment & Pension Office, Office of the Auditor General for Local Governments, Office of Youth & Social Development (COURT), Lagos State Coconut Development Authority, Muslim Pilgrims Board, Christian Pilgrims Board, LABCA, LSEB and LASURA on  Monday 25th January, 2021.

    It would be the turn of the Lagos House /Office of the Governor, Office of Chief of Staff and Lagos Global on Tuesday 26th January, 2021 continuing on 27th January at Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency (LASAA), JJT and Ndubuisi Kanu Parks, Staff Canteen and ADEYEMI BERO Auditorium Hall.

    The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and Lagos Water Corporation  (LWC), Lagos State Printing Corporation, Office Of Surveyor General, Arts and Culture, DMO and  LASRAA Office are scheduled for Thursday 28th January, 2021.

    The fumigation/decontamination exercise moves to Oshodi on 29th January for the offices of LASTMA, LASDRI, Lagos State Task Force, KAI Office, Neighbourhood Watch and LAW Reforms Commission and would be rounded up on 30th January with the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory, Public Works Bureau, Lagos State Cooperatives College(Johnson Agiri) Oko- Oba, Agege and LASRAB

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE &WR

    January 16th, 2021.

  • YULETIDE : LASG CHARGES RESIDENTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS

    As the yuletide festivities commence, the Lagos State Government on Wednesday reminded residents to be conscious and take charge of the state of the Environment during the celebrations.

    The State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello who said this during an interview at Alausa, Ikeja, stated that with second wave of Covid-19 also ravaging at this period, it calls for adoption of cleaniness in all forms and ensuring that all safety protocols are embraced by residents.

    He stressed that it was necessary for Lagosians to show utmost love to the environment even as they celebrate with moderation.

    Bello reminded all that a lot of waste would be generated during the Christmas and New Year celebrations and called for proper disposal of animal waste as well as proper sorting and bagging of such refuse and placing them at designated points.

    He assured Lagosians that the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is positioned to respond adequately to the efforts to all wastes that may be generated during the period.

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

    The Commissioner advised residents who mostly will be celebrating in their homes following the Covid 19 guidelines to be mindful of their activities while they celebrate and also avoid using inflammable objects in their homes.

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

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

    He used the occasion to wish all residents a blessed Christmas and a very prosperous New Year.

    SIGNED

    KUNLE ADESHINA

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR

    23rd  DECEMBER, 2020.

  • SENSITIZATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST SINGLE USE BAGS WITHIN THE PREMISES AND OUTSIDE.

    Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources officials led by PS Office of Environmental Services Mrs Belinda Aderonke Odeneye on Tuesday kickstarted the free distribution of reusable and eco-friendly bags to members of staff as part of sensitisation campaign against single use bags within the premises and outside.
  • PIX 0567:L-R Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodehinde, Permanent Secretary, Office Of Environmental Services, Mrs Aderonke Odeneye, Hon.Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello and Managing Director Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) Mr Ibrahim Odumboni at a One-Day Consultative Workshop On Draft Lagos State Plastic Waste Policy in Lagos State, held at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce an Industry (LCCI) Conference Centre, Alausa on Tuesday.
    PIX 0476, 0557: Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello (Middle), Permanent Secretary, Office Of Environmental Services, Mrs Aderonke Odeneye (Second left), Managing Director Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) Mr Ibrahim Odumboni (Second right), rep of the Controller, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs Akinyemi Olusola (right) and Director Legal Unit, Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources, Mrs Olubunmi Obadan during One-Day Consultative Workshop On Draft Lagos State Plastic Waste Policy in Lagos State, held at the LCCI Conference Centre, Alausa on Tuesday.
  • ASG FLAGS OFF CLEAN LAGOS: USE THE TOILET CAMPAIGN
    …….. Joins others to Celebrate 2020 World Toilet Day

    The Lagos State Government on Thursday flagged off the “CLEAN LAGOS: USE THE TOILET CAMPAIGN” initiative to curb Open defecation, stating that over 600 private public toilet operators have been registered in addition to construction of over 140 public toilets.

    In addition to the already constructed public toilet facilities, the State Government will be placing mobile toilets in strategic locations across the State, upgrade already existing toilet facilities to encourage patronage and partner with donors, individuals and corporate organisation in the management and maintenance of these facilities” she said.

    Speaking during the celebration of the 2020 World Toilet Day held at Onigbongbo Motor Park, Ojota, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello maintained that the celebration brings to the front burner issues such as water, sanitation and hygiene.

    Bello who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Service, Mrs Aderonke Odeneye said the theme for the year 2020 World Toilet day “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change” is apt and serves as a reminder of the importance of sustainable sanitation process, alongside clean water and handwashing facilities.

    He explained that it would also help protect and maintain health security and stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases such as diarrhea, Cholera, Typhoid and the most recently COVID-19 ravaging the entire world and threatening human existence

    The Commissioner said the flag-off of the “CLEAN NIGERIA: USE THE TOILET CAMPAIGN” was in furtherance of efforts to ensure that all public places including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices have accessible toilets and latrines within their premises for public use.

    He stressed that the attitude of the citizenry in the usage and maintenance of the facilities had been very poor.

    Bello also emphasize that the State Government had constituted a Special Task Force tagged ANTI – OPEN DEFECATION GANG on Open Urination and Defecation across the State to arrest and arraign defaulters before a Magistrate Court for prosecution.

    He enjoined Lagosians to join the State crusade of attaining a cleaner, healthier, functional and sustainable environment, capable of promoting economic growth and well-being of the entire citizenry.

    The Country Manager, Reckitt Benckiser, Asif Hashimi said the company was elated to partner with the Lagos State Government to change the face of Toilet in Nigeria.

    He said the stigma of the rating of Nigeria as the first on the list of Open Defection can be fought in unison for a better and healthier environment calling on the general public, public toilet operators, individuals and corporate organisations to come on board to embark on aggressive sensitization campaign.

    The representative of the Commissioner and special guests later officially handed over the rehabilittoilets toilets located in the Onigbongbo Park.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    November 19, 2020

  • Auto DrTHE TIME HAS COME TO FIND A LASTING SOLUTION TO THE MENACE OF PLASTIC WASTE -LASG aft

    ……As State convenes One-Day workshop to debate Draft Plastic Waste Policy

    The Lagos State Government on Tuesday publicly presented a draft plastic waste policy before stakeholders, stating that the time has come to find a lasting solution to the harmful effects of plastic waste across the state.

    Addressing participants at a one day Stakeholders workshop on the draft policy at LCCI Conference Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello said stakeholders input is very important in shaping an effective and acceptable policy that will reduce the burden of plastic waste before enacting the policy.

    He said the thrust of the policy will include implementing an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) which would be aimed at drastically reducing the amount of plastic waste entering the waste stream, by sorting at source.

    According to him, Plastics in the environment have been a global problem and man’s relationship with plastics has been shaped by various cultural, social and economic factors.

    He said in Nigeria, plastic waste and its unregulated production is fueling a crisis in the country adding that according to International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Nigerians are daily exposed to threats to life by plastic waste which has been found to contain a chemical substance named dioxin.

    He explained that ICIR also notes the inability of the Nigerian government to come up with an implementable policy on the management of plastic waste thereby making dump sites the final destination of these non-biodegradable product where they are set on fire.

    He informed that the Federal Executive Council has also approved a plastic waste Management policy for the country, adding that issues of environmental management and protection is a concurrent issue based on the provision of section 20 of the Nigerian Constitution.

    He stressed that it means both Federal and State government can legislate over environmental issue, with the state’s legislation further addressing her specific geographical and demographical conditions.

    The Commissioner said Lagos, is believed to be generating the highest volume of plastic wastes in Nigeria and this assumption is based on the State’s contribution to the National GDP, the State population coupled with the standard of living and social status of the State.

    “In quantifying the plastic composition of the total waste generated in the State, if we imagine an estimated Lagos population of over 20 million consuming one beverage bottle daily, this will give 365 containers per annum per person giving us a total of 7.3 billion of plastic packaged beverages consumed annually. The environmental footprint of the plastic waste generated from these could better be imagined” he said.

    He added that plastic pollute the landfill due to its non-biodegradable nature, clogging the drainages with attendant flooding and finding their way into the rivers thus impacting the health and wellbeing of both people, flora, fauna and the environment.

    He emphasized that before now, government has implemented various scheme which include plastic buy back scheme, Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in partnership with Private sector and various activities of plastic recyclers and Producer Responsible Organizations to curb plastic waste burden but have not yielded the desired results.

    He emphasized that the thrust of the policy would also ensure recyclable waste packaging as incentive to participants returning the waste to designated refund points while creating a circular economy for recy…

  • LASG TASKS LGs TO DO MORE IN MAINTAINING TERTIARY DRAINS ACROSS THE STATE

    Lagos State Government on Wednesday tasked all Local Government Councils to do more to ensure maintenance and cleanliness of all tertiary drains in their domain.

    The task was given by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Mr Tunji Bello while addressing participants at a stakeholders meeting on maintenace of tertiary drains held at the LCCI Conference Centre, Alausa.

    Tunji Bello told the gathering that included some local Government chairmen that maintenance of tertiary drains could also be used to generate employment.

    He stated that it is about being creative and that some unemployed youths in the localities can be engaged to clear the drains and also maintain it at a cost that would not be prohibitive.

    He frowned at the present situation where the state is still being forced to maintain tertiary drains in addition to the primary and secondary drains.

    He stressed the need for all the Council Chairmen to monitor and put pressure on respective tenements in their areas to regularly maintain and clean all tertiary drains across the state.

    He added that environmental health officers at the Local Government levels must be also be sensitized while their number is increased to effectively monitor the compliance level of residents in terms of cleaning of tertiary drains.

    He said the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) has been responsible for cleaning several tertiary drains and black spots round the state adding that they function as the quick response arm of the state Government and have in freeing several clogged up drains from waste and silts.

    He revealed that on a weekly basis, the EFAG team works on about 6,547 meters of tertiary drain channels round the state and had cleaned up tertiary drains measuring about 307.7 kilometers across the state since EFAG was reintroduced in October 2019.

    Also speakin, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Drainages and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe commended the initiative for the meeting.

    He stated that the meeting would create avenues on how better synergy can be created between the State and Local Governments.

    He expressed optimism that the Local Councils would going forward compliment the activities of EFAG in maintaining tertiary drains more than they are presently doing.

    He said Lagos has remained largely flood free all year long due to the efforts of the Office of Drainage Services which is still ongoing.

    In his welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr Lekan Shodeinde said the time has come for Local Councils to take up their constitutional role in terms of maintenance of tertiary drains.

    He said the narrative has to change now as all hands must be on deck to ensure a flood free Lagos in line with the vision of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

    The Stakeholders meeting also featured presentations on law on drainages by Mrs Olubunmi Obadan, an overview of drainage systems by Engr Michael Adekoya and drainage maintenance by Engr Olalekan Ajani.

    The event was attended by many dignitaries including the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, Perm Sec, Environmental Services, Mrs Belinda Odeneye, Chairmen of many Local Government Areas and LCDA including the Chairman of Ojo Local Government, Hon Rosulu Olushola Idowu and other dignitaries.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director, Public Affairs
    MOE&WR
    November 25, 2020

    PIX 4544_1 L-R:Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs Aderonke Odeneye, Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, Hon. Commissioner, the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello and Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Olalekan Shodehinde during a One Day Stakeholders Meeting on the Cleaning and Maintenance of Tertiary Drains in Lagos State held at the LCCI Conference Centre, Alausa. Ikeja on Wednesday.
    PIX 4544_2 L-R :Chairman Ojo Local Govt, Hon. Rosulu Olusola Idowu, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs Aderonke Odeneye, Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, Hon. Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello and Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Olalekan Shodehinde at a one Day Stakeholders Meeting on the Cleaning and Maintenance of Tertiary Drains in Lagos State held at the (LCCI), Nurudeen Olowopopo Drive, CBD, Alausa. Ikeja on Wednesday.

  • Pre-Summit Survey for Lagos State Climate Change Virtual Summit 2020.

    Lagos State Government through Ministry of the Environment & Water Resources has constantly engaged professionals on the need to ensure the impacts of climate change does not adversely affect economic, social, health and financial sectors of the economy through the annual climate change summit.
    However, in view of the current global pandemic and inability to hold physical conferences, the Ministry intends to hold a virtual climate change summit themed “Harnessing the Power of Lagos State for Climate Change and Sustainable Financing” in October 2020. To this end, this survey is to garner support, publicise and obtain suggestions and feedback to ensure a successful Summit. click the link below for necessary feedback.

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  • AHEAD OF THE RAINS, LASG INSPECTS ONGOING DRAINAGE CLEARING PROJECTS

          ….Expresses determination to ensure a flood free Lagos

     The Lagos State Government on Friday inspected some ongoing drainage clearance and dredging projects across the state, saying it is determined to ensure a flood free Lagos.

    The team which was led by the Special Adviser, Drainage services, Engineer Joe Igbokwe and Permanent Secretary, Drainage Services, Engr Lekan Shodeinde visited canals and drainages under systems 6c, 5 and 4. 

    The areas include Luth/itire/Daniyan in system 6c, Babs Animashaun in system 5, Alaka/Iponrin/Tejuosho to Gbagada Bariga, Anthony Oke Alo and Apelehin Buxton Cole.

    Speaking with newsmen after the  inspection, The Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources  Engr. Joe Igbokwe said in preparation for the rains, government is paying desired attention to the clearing of drainage channels in the state.

    He explained that the tour became necessary in order to ascertain the level of work carried out by the contractors assigned to dredge and clear some of the canals as a means to resolve flooding issues.

     Igbokwe gave an assurance to residents that with the early commencement of the cleaning of major drainages, manholes and canals in the state, when the rains commences, it will flow into it’s natural channels.

    The Special Adviser stressed that the ultimate goal of clearing and dredging of the  drainage channels and cannals  is to allow easy passage of rainstorm water. 

    The Special Adviser warned residents who have erected fences  that inhibits the passage way for movement of machinery that would effect clearing of silts at System 6c in itire to remove them immediately or have them demolished.

    He also reiterated his appeals to all those who have constructed on drainage alignments and setbacks to remove them immediately or have them removed.

    Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Engr Lekan Shodeinde said it is regrettable that many of the channels that have been cleaned  before are being littered with refuse again by some residents.

    He called for a change of heart from the people, warning that thethe continued dumping of refuse in the canals and drains will come back to haunt the residents.