Magistrate Lateef Layeni sitting at the Special Offences (Mobile) Court over the weekend at Bolade, Oshodi remanded four men in prison custody for impersonating environmental officials and extorting unsuspecting members of the public.
The four men, Afolayan Nurudeen (41), Fowowe Oluseyi (40), Kayode Olaleye (47) and Muibi Babatunde (50) who were arraigned on a four count charge, pleaded not guilty when their plea was taken.
They were arraigned for (a) impersonating public officers by representing themselves as staffs of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources to the public and (b) fraudulently using false documents with the intention that the documents shall be used and acted upon as genuine.
They were also charged with (c) conspiring to commit felony and (d) conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace.
The presiding Magistrate thereafter fixed Tuesday, March 30 for the commencement of the trial of the accused persons and ruled that they be remanded at the Badagry Prison.
The four men were arrested on Wednesday, 17 March at about 3.45pm at Golden face Hotels, Orile Iganmu by Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Officials with assistance from ministry of the Environment and Water Resources officials following a surveillance on the men.
Items found on the men include fake inspection letters, identification cards, Abatement notices of the ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Lagos State Wastewater Management Office (LSMWO), copy of court summons and stickers for certification of decontamination, all bearing the logo of Lagos State Government.
The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources had been inundated with complaints and reports from members of the public about the activities of some men who usually extort money on the pretext of enforcing sanitation laws in different parts of the state.
This prompted the ministry officials to liaise with officials of Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps to be on the surveillance for the men who had been operating in the Orile Iganmu area for quite a while before they were apprehended.
Director, Public Affairs
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.
Director (Public Affairs)
Feb 04, 2021
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
Director (Public Affairs)
January 16th, 2021.
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.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR
23rd DECEMBER, 2020.
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.
Director (Public Affairs)
November 19, 2020
……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…
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.
Director, Public Affairs
November 25, 2020