• LAGOS APPREHENDS, ARRAIGNS TRUCK DRIVER FOR DISCHARGING SEWAGE IN DRAIN IN MILE 2

    Lagos State Government on Friday arraigned a sewage truck driver (name withheld) before a Magistrate Court Oshodi, for allegedly discharging sewage in a drain in the Amuwo Odofin Housing Estate, Mile 2.

    The suspect has been remanded by the magistrate till Tues February 6 and faces a possible prison sentence or a fine of N500,000 in line with provisions of 2017 Environmental Management Protection Law.

    The truck which allegedly discharges d sewage at the drain in front of Block 389 in the Amuwo Odofin Estate daily from 8pm till 5.30am has been impounded and detained at the Alausa Waste Water Treatment Plant.

    The State Waste Water Management Office also announced that the owner of the truck will additionally be arraigned before the Magistrate Court on Tuesday in addition to summoning the Association of Sewage Dislodgers to a meeting on Monday, February 5th, 2024 while surveillance will be stepped up at black spots #CleanerLagos

  • LASG REWARDS EFAG OPERATIVES, ENCOURAGE THEM TO REMAIN COMMITTED

    …as EFAG Director bows out meritoriously

    The Lagos State Government on recently rewarded operatives of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) for their contribution to a flood free Lagos while encouraging them to be more committed in the new year.

    Speaking during the end of Year party and Award ceremony held at Alausa, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab said the state government would continue to provide the necessary equipment and support required for better service delivery.

    The Commissioner who spoke through the Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu said the team has been doing a good job in cleaning up secondary drains and manholes in the 52 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas across the state all year round.

    L-R, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji; his Counterpart in Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, outgoing Director, Drainage Maintenance/Emergency Flood Abatement Gang,(EFAG) Engr. Olalekan Ajani and his wife; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu during the 2023 Award and Appreciation Day for Men of Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) and last day in office of their Director, held recently at Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources Quadrangle, Alausa, Secretariat, Ikeja.

    He noted that Lagos state in recent times had not experienced serious flooding saying this was as a result of the various measures put in place by the Government and the continuous cleaning of the drains by the EFAG Team.

    “I would like to express appreciation to the EFAG team once again. Without the team, Lagos will be flooded and as such let me reiterate that the present administration would continue to support you and always put more packages in place; continue to work harder for free flood and sustainable environment.

    Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Olalekan Shodeide said the EFAG team remains the pride of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources adding that the team was created to intervene in black spots most especially for emergency to ensure free flow of all drainages.

    Special Adviser on Environment, (right) Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu, presenting a cheque, to the Lagos Island Area Manager of Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) Mr.Olabode Daodu, during the 2023 Award and Appreciation Day for Men of Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG),held recently at Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources Quadrangle, Alausa, Secretariat, Ikeja.

    He said government usually fetes and present awards to the team in various categories in form of cash reward every end of the year to motivate them and to show appreciation for the good job.

    He explained that the government has put in place proper health Insurance for them with Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) and Life Insurance Policy adding that necessary fund has also been allocated to the team in case of any accident.

    He added that the Ministry will continue to give the necessary support needed, for them to keep up with the good work at all time so that a flood free Lagos will be achieved year in year out.

    Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen who also graced the event, highlighted the responsibility of EFAG to clean drainages in all Local Governments and LCDA all through the year for easy passage of rainstorm water.

    He urged the team not to rest on its oars but continue to be committed to drainage maintenance in order to achieve a sustainable cleaner, healthier and safer environment.

    In the course of the event, the retiring Director Drainage Maintenance and EFAG Engr. Olalekan Ajani was also sent forth after attaining statutory age of 60 in the service of Lagos State Government.

    The out going Director was appreciated by the Environment family for his immense contribution to the achievement recorded in the Ministry through the EFAG team and drainage maintenance generally

    Various categories of awards were presented to outstanding operatives of EFAG team from different zones and their coordinators.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs )
    MOE&WR
    January 3, 2024

  • LAGOS ENV. COMMISSIONER MEETS PSP OPERATORS, HARPS ON IMPROVED SERVICE DELIVERY, TRANSPARENCY

    Lagos State Environment and Water Resources Commissioner, Tokunbo Wahab and SA Environment, Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu over the weekend convened a meeting with PSP waste operators, harping on improved service delivery and transparency.

    Addressing the executive of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM) during a meeting at Alausa, he noted that their modes of operations must be digitized to make it more transparent and profitable.

    “Being aware that PSP operators are in business to make profit and sustain employment, then cash collection must be digitized for transparency. If for example, you tell me that you have 45% of this business, tell me what 100% of the business is, these are some of the logical questions that demand answers,” he said.

    He added that the association should put in place proper data collation and enumeration of all commercial and private facilities being serviced as this process would increase accountability and allow the operators to carry out their responsibilities seamlessly for the benefit of all.

    PIX:5881:L-R; General Manager, Lagos Waste Management Authority, (LAWMA), Mr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; Hon.Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; and Permanent Secretary, Office of Enviromental Services, Gaji Omobolaji; during a meeting recently

    He said the government is aware that the PSP operators need some interventions but they must explain why the revenue being generated presently has dropped by 50% within 5 years

    “When you had a surplus, did you increase the stake of the government? As such I reject the appeal to reduce the 25% remit to LAWMA. I will not go that route except on two conditions: I want the enumeration of all the houses and digitize the number of household facilities across the state”, he said.

    He said the continuous increase in population with the corresponding increase in generation of waste has necessitated the need for a major change in PSP daily operations, adding that the present costing is not sustainable in the light of growth to the economy.

    According to him, I think it is high time we have to sit down and thoroughly review the whole gamut of the PSP operations. The fact is that we must be able to speak the truth to one another as this will continually encourage the government to complement what the operators are doing”.

    He added that the time has come for PSP Operators to create an online portal where the GPS receivers installed in their trucks provide accurate locations always including numbers of trips undertaken by each operator daily amongst other things.

    “This portal will be accessible via internet connection on a range of devices, from desktop computers to feature phones regardless of location, age, or socio-economic status”, he said.

    He urged the PSP operators to be ready to confront issue of waste, saying there was an urgent need to continually clear waste across the metropolis, while a holistic solution was being worked out.

    The Special Adviser on Environment Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu noted that the government understands that the state is faced with a solid waste management challenge as a result of urbanization and population growth as such large tons of waste is generated daily

    He said residents expect an uplift in the city’s waste management system with the resumption of door-to-door residential waste collection by the PSP operators during the yuletide and after.

    The Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeide stated that it is important for PSP operators to employ technology and innovation to make things work better for all, stressing that PSP operators should embrace digitization as this will help with better service delivery.

    “This move is to reassure you that the government is set on a new beginning in order to consolidate what has been achieved. Everybody must work together for a floodfree and sustainable environment”, he said.

    Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen Environment urged the PSP operators to redesign templates for the provision of their services so that their proficiency and efficiency can be measured.

    He asked the association to put all their trucks in good conditions, saying if residents get better services from them they would pay without being forced.

    According to the Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, there is a need to have a verifiable database to ascertain the size of their businesses.

    He appealed to the PSP operators to provide accurate data for all households so that the government would know those paying and those not.

    In response, the President, Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM), Mr. Olugbenga Adebola expressed appreciation to the State government for re-awakening the consciousness of residents to be more environmentally conscious.

    He said AWAN members are committed and set to continually work with the state government having invested billions of naira in the project which has contributed a sizeable percentage to the economy of Lagos State.

    At the end of the meeting, both parties agreed to reconvene and bring all options to the table towards agreeing on the best way forward.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE&WR
    November 12, 2023

  • MOE&WR STEPS UP ENFORCEMENT EXERCISE AT IKOYI

    …Removes fences of Police and Mopol at Ribadu rd and Keffi

    The Drainage Enforcement and Compliance Dept. of MOE&WR on Thursday stepped up its enforcement to re-establish the drainage setback of the Awolowo Rd Norman Williams Drainage channel by removing the Police Mopol Barracks on Ribadu Road and Keffi.

    PIX, 5172/5173:L-R; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde; and Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu, during an inspection tour on 29th of October, 2023, to some buildings built on Drainge set back on Awolowo Way, Norman Williams, keffi Street, Alhaji Kanike close all in IKOYI, Lagos State.

    PIX 5240 : L-R; Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde; his Counterpart in Office of Enviromental Services, Gaji Omobolaji; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, (ACP) Bayo Sulaiman and Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; during an inspection tour to access the Level of compliance at the ongoing Clean up Exercise, at Orile Badagry Express Way, Lagos State on Sunday.

    The continuation of the enforcement exercise underscores the determination of the state government to stop the perennial flooding which has plagued the areas especially the precinct of the State House, Dodan Barracks.

    The walls of the Mopol and Police Barracks on Ribadu Road and Keffi are part of perimeters fences that have been identified to be sitting on the drainage setbacks of the channel which has been magnanimously fixed at 2 meters.

    The State government has declared that it is irrevocably committed to ensuring a safe passage corridor for operatives from Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources to clean the channel and prevent flooding #CleanerLagos

    SIGNED
    Kunle Adeshina
    November 2, 2023

  • Courtesy Visit to the Oniru of Iru Kingdom – Drainages and Open Spaces for greenery tour

    PIX :4021 L-R; Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority, (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin; General Manager, Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency, (LASPARK) Mrs Adetoun Popoola; Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji; His Royal Majesty, Oniru of Iru Kingdom, Victoria Island, Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal; Hon. Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; and Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, during a courtesy visit to the Oniru of Iru Kingdom, Preceding the tour of Drainages and Open Spaces for greenery in Iru kingdom and environs over the weekend.

    PIX 3962: L-R; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde; his Counterpart in Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji; Hon. Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab during a tour to Obalende, and environs, on the need to improve cleaniness and ensure greenery in the area over the weekend.

    PIX 3919: L-R; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; and Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lakan Shodeinde, during an inspection tour of blocked Drainages, in Dodan Barracks , Obalende over the weekend.

  • LAGOS MANGROVE MARATHON

    The Lagos Mangrove Marathon is a 10km run is a collaboration between sports 234, Nigeria Conservative Foundation (NCF) and other NGO’s and endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Environment and Lagos State Ministry of the Environment Water Resources. The event took place on Saturday 29th July, 2023 with the goal of leveraging on the Marathon for publicity to raise environmental awareness on the need to protect mangroves in the State and promote ecotourism.

    The programme will also foster literacy and engage youths positively, drawing attention to the mangrove coast line and rich biodiversity which is a breeding ground for numerous Flora and Fauna especially fishes and shell fishes.

    The mangrove reduces the effect of coastal erosion, damaging storms and waves, also mitigating the effect climate change acting as great carbon sinks trapping carbon in the soil.

     

    The Mangrove Ecosystem provides numerous services to the surrounding communities namely provision of food, clean water, economic and recreational benefits that must be preserved for generations. The locals in the communities are mostly fishermen who build an industry around their enterprise.

    Also, the Ibeju-Lekki LCDA hosts the Lekki Free Trade Zone comprising of Dangote Refinery, the Lekki Deep Sea Port with increased potential for urbanization, the rich mangroves which is peculiar to the Ibeju-Lekki LCDA must be preserved to mitigate the effect of carbon pollution in these communities and the environment.

  • LASG DECLARES ZERO TOLERANCE FOR STREET TRADERS

    _Says 3rd Mainland and Eko Bridges are off-limits.
    _To commence Sanitation law enforcement next week.

    Lagos State Government on Wednesday read the riot act to street traders in the state, especially on the Third Mainland Bridge and Eko Bridge, declaring zero tolerance for street trading in the areas.

    In a press statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen, he reiterated that the action is in line with the THEMES Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to promote a cleaner and more aesthetic environment in Lagos, ensure total enforcement of the environmental Sanitation laws, and create a safer State for all.

    He reiterated that it had become imperative to re-sensitise and seek the support of all stakeholders to eradicate street trading and other environmental nuisances.

    He added that the advance warning is being given to encourage residents who are contravening the law to look for other legal businesses as enforcement agents and agencies will come after them.

    He warned that not only will all the wares they hawk and display on major roads be confiscated; anyone apprehended will face prosecution at the mobile courts in line with the State Environmental laws.

    He also gave an assurance that the latest enforcement drive against street traders, when commenced, would be a continuous one that would also be sustained.

    The PS noted that as a megacity that is developing into a smart city, Lagos has no place for street traders who not only constitute an eye sore to the aesthetics of the city, and expose themselves to hazardous situations; they also constitute a threat to the security of lives and property.

    Gaji stressed that Mr. Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has given his go-ahead to the exercise, as many of the street traders are also criminals who masquerade as hawkers to attack unsuspecting motorists.

    He buttressed that after the enforcement exercise, which will be carried out by a special task force of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) and other enforcement agencies, they will consistently come after any persons found engaging in prohibited acts such as street trading, indiscriminate dumping of refuse, hawking, etc.

    He also sounded a note of warning to some of the criminally minded ones amongst the street traders who are fond of launching violent attacks on enforcement officers on duty and advised that they comply with all State laws and not deter members of the State authority from carrying out their tasks.

    He advised that adherence to the directive would ensure a cleaner and safer environment for all, as the State will no longer tolerate any act of indiscipline, hooliganism, or any act of violence that will disrupt the prevailing peace in the State.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    (MOE&WR)
    July 5, 2023

  • SALLAH: – LASG TASKS RESIDENTS ON HYGIENIC CELEBRATIONS

    Lagos State Government on Tuesday charged residents to align with the sanitation agenda of the present administration by celebrating Sallah hygienically.

     

    In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mr. Gaji Omobolaji, he urged Lagosians to build on the sanitation gains already recorded across the state by maintaining cleanliness.

    He advised all Muslims and celebrants to respect the environment, be mindful of littering and ensure that they dispose of animal waste properly during this festive period.

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

    He cautioned against dumping waste generated from the slaughtering of animals into drains, stating that such action would come back to haunt all residents in no time.

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

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

    He decried the indiscriminate display of rams, cows in many unapproved locations in the metropolis, which is contributing to traffic bottlenecks, reminding Lagosians that the Law against street trading was still in force and would be enforced strictly.

    “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.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR

    June 26th, 2023

     

  • LAGOS GREEN AWARD – CALL FOR NOMINATION

    LAGOS GREEN AWARD
    Over the years, various individuals and corporate organizations have continued to contribute to the process of making the environment better. Most of these individuals and corporate organizations are often not noticed or recognized for their contributions to the environment. In view of this, the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources has instituted an environmental award tagged ‘’Lagos Green Award’’. The Lagos Green Award is designed to recognise individuals and corporate organisations who have contributed to making the Lagos Environment better.

    Lagos Green Award will recognize individuals, groups or businesses whose actions improved environmental resilience in the city of Lagos in the areas of:

    • Best Environmental Practices
    • Oil Spill Management
    • Health, Safety & Environmental Performance
    • Waste Prevention & Recycling
    • Solid Waste Treatment & Disposal
    • Emissions Control Technologies
    • Natural Resources Conservation
    • Innovation and Sustainable Solutions

    This level of recognition is competition-based, participating units will be assessed against separate sets of environmental performance criteria which may encompass some of those used in the assessment of the various sectors.

    (a) Construction Industry;
    (b) Property Management;
    (c) Transport and Logistics;
    (d) Retailers;
    (e) Hotels, Restaurants, and Catering Companies;
    (f) Financial Institutions; and
    (g) NGOs and Public sector
    (H) Industry
    (I) Media

    Entries must clearly identify an environmental initiative and how it had or continues to have a positive impact on Lagos’s Environment.
    Entries could be submitted to:

    The Permanent Secretary,
    Office of Environmental Service,
    Ministry of the Environment,
    Block 16, The Secretariat Annex,
    Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos
    Alternatively, you can email – lagosstateministryoftheenviron@gmail.com, alasisi@lagosstate.gov.ng,

    The closing date for entries is May 20, 2023.