• Lagos Alerts Residents Of Rise In Sea Water Level, Flooding Of Low Line Areas

    ……Say State is on top of situation

    Lagos State Government on Friday alerted residents on the rise of sea water level resulting in the inability of the lagoon to discharge water into the ocean causing backflow into the drainage channels.

    In a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, it added that officials of the state are also working on different measures to remove the constriction and blockades that would allow easy passage for the resultant flooding.

    The state Government is also in talks with the officials of the Ogun Osun River Basin Authority which is 

    releasing water to do so gradually.

    He explained that the rise in sea level has contributed to current flooding in many parts of Ikoyi, V.I, Dolphin and Oworoshoki because the lagoon can not discharge and is causing back flow  into drainage outlets. 

    He said the officials of the Drainage department had expected it to go down by evening but from the look of things now may last throughout the weekend.

    Similarly, the Commissioner said the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Authority can no longer hold the Oyan dam hence has been releasing its water causing rise in Ogun River and this has affected low line areas like Isheri North and Magodo and up to Owode Onirin.

    Bello said until the ocean level goes down, the lagoon cannot discharge water into the ocean and causing back flow into all the drainage outlets in the state.


    Kunle Adeshina

    AD (PAR)

    October 19, 2019

  • Environment Commissioner Leads Officials to Areas Affected by Rising Sea Level

    The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources officials led by the Commissioner Mr. Tunji Bello and Special Adviser, Engr. Joe Igbokwe on Monday visited some of the areas affected by rising sea level and flooding like Osborne Foreshore 1, Dolphin Estate, Gbagada and Aboru to sympathise with victims and convey governments plan to mitigate the pains.

  • Igbokwe Leads Official to Clear Drains in Odi-Olowo LCDA

    Special Adviser, Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe and the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Yetunde Arobieke and other officials clearing silts and dirts evacuated from tertiary drains at odi-lowo LCDA in Mushin Local Government Area recently.

  • Igbokwe Leads Top Govt Officials To Clear Drains

    Special Adviser, Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe and the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Yetunde Arobieke and other officials clearing silts and dirts evacuated from tertiary drains at Iyalode Street Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area recently.

  • HC, Tunji Bello at NBA Annual Conference in Lagos

    Hon Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello flanked by other cabinet members making presentation titled “Facing the Future” during the Lagos State day at the Nigerian Bar Association NBA annual conference held in Lagos recently

  • HC at Interactive Session on Zero Tolerance for Waste in all Lagos Markets

    Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Mr. Tunji Bello flanked by the Permanent Secretary Mrs. Aderonke Odeneye and Managing Director LAWMA Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegeshin speaking at an interactive session with Association of Commodity Market Women and Men in Lagos State led by Iya oloja General Chief (Mrs) Folashade Tinubu-Ojo on zero tolerance for waste in all markets in Lagos state


         ……Holds stakeholders meeting with operators of Abbatoirs and Slaughter slabs

    Lagos State Government on Wednesday declared a zero tolerance on operators of Illegal Abattoirs/Slaughter slabs, waste mismanagement and unhygenic handling of meat in the state.

    This declaration emanated from a joint stakeholders meeting between the State Ministries of the Environment, Agriculture and Operators of Abattoirs and Slaughter slabs in Lagos State at the Ministry of The Environment  conference Room, Alausa.

    The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Mr Abiodun Bamgboye who chaired the meeting maintained that the State Government will not condone any act of uncleanliness in meat processing and delivery, adding that attention will be given to all areas of food supply chain with emphasis now on the consumption of wholesome meat by the citizens.

    The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director of Environmental Services, Mrs Ronke Odeneye warned that all abattoir operators in the State should ensure they undertake their environmental sanitation exercises on Sundays as agreed by the association, adding that waste water and blood generated from meat processing should be adequately discharged in the drains as well as keep the drains free from silt and  overgrown weeds.

    He noted that officers from the Envinment Ministry had visited some abattoirs across the state and observed they were not up to the required standard, stressing that the present administration is ready to work with operators to give abattoirs in the State a face-lift to meet the required standard.

    Addressing the operators, the Director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Michael Adeyemi said that Ministry of Agriculture is ready to work in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment to put an end to all environmental infractions that may emerge from abattoir mismanagement.

    He stated that the State Government has ensured that butchers in the state now operate in mechanized abattoirs and Slaughter houses where cows are slaughtered neatly and waste water as well as animal waste were discharged properly,  so as to avoid pollution in such areas.      

    He further encouraged the abattoir concessionaires yet to obtain their Environmental Impact Assessment  (EIA) and fumigation certificates  to do so for their abattoirs from the Ministry of Environment in order to avoid closure of such abattoirs.

    Responding, one of the butchers, from Ilaje Abattoir, Bariga,  Mr. Kehinde Oseni, thanked the State Government for their support and further pledge the continued adherence of his association to the necessary laws guiding meat production in the state.

    The meeting had in attendance stakeholders in the meat processing, Slaughter slabs and abbatoir sector.


    Kunle Adeshina

    Asst. Dir. (Public Affairs)

    July 24, 2019

  • Solid Waste Reform Will Improve the Socio-Economic Conditions of Lagos Residents… Adejare

    *6,500 Rats killed through Deratisation exercise;
    *12.99 km length of drainage channels constructed in 17 LGAs/LCDAs

    The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare has said that the ongoing reform in solid waste management, tagged the Cleaner Lagos initiative, the official roll out of which is to commence some weeks from now, will contribute to improving the socio-economic conditions of the residents of Lagos State by tackling the problems of poverty and unemployment.
    Adejare said this in Alausa on Tuesday while presenting the achievements of the Ministry of the Environment in the last one year, during the 2017 Annual Ministerial Press Briefing held to commemorate the second year in office of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
    He pointed out that the Solid Waste Management (SWM) sector had been identified as critical to the realization of the vision of Mr. AkinwunmiAmbode led administration to position Lagos as a clean, healthy and livable state.

    He stated that the sector therefore required urgent attention to bring it to the required level of international standard as its current situation,which had necessitated the reform of the entire solid waste management sector, clearly did not align with the Lagos State Government’s vision for the Lagos of the future .

    “Current realities in this sector reveal deficiencies across the entire process chain, from insufficient collection services, to inefficient transportation methods, and abysmal disposal practices that are not only wasteful in terms of resource utilization but also injurious to environmental and public health” he said.

    The Commissioner recalled that Lagos State, in its 50years of existence, had grown exponentially in population thereby impacting on solid waste management and sanitation as a whole, adding that at present the daily waste generation in the state officially stood at 13,000 metric tonne.
    Faced with the challenge of urbanization, the state government had to think unconventionally and come up with a model that will not only prioritise sanitation but create the enabling environment for private participation.
    According to Adejare, by devolving the provision of Solid Waste Management services to the private sector, the CLI will birth a new financially viable and technology-driven sub-sector to the Lagos economy, creating new businesses and job opportunities that can be emulated by other States in the Country.

    His words: “These reforms are all encapsulated under the ‘Cleaner Lagos Initiative’ (CLI) with a broad strategy of creating an environment for the private sector to harness international best practice in this vital area of infrastructure.

    “The CLI aims to protect the environment, human health and social living standards of Lagos residents by addressing the lacunae in the existing legislation and refocusing the scope of LAWMA to enable the agency enforce, regulate and generate revenue from the waste management process” he stated.

    The components of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative include Residential Waste Collection and Processing, Commercial & Industrial Waste Collection, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Drainage Maintenance, Provision of Engineered Sanitary Landfill ,Manual Street Sweeping, Mechanised Street Sweeping, Provision of Transfer Loading Stations(TLS), Material Recovery Facilities(MRF) and Marine Waste Collection.
    Adejare maintained that under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, waste generated by the commercial sector would be handled by licensed waste management operators (PSP) while an environmental consortium would provide waste collection processing and disposal services for residential properties.
    He said that a reputable and competent multinational Waste Services Company would be concessioned to provide waste collection services to all residential premises in the State through the deployment of state of the art machinery and equipment , adding that the concessionaire would provide a twice- weekly service with 600 brand new compactors and 900,000 electronically tracked bins.
    ‘”To support the collection operations, three Transfer Loading Stations/MRF (Agege, Oshodi, Simpson) and three Waste Depots (Mushin, Ogudu, Simpson) are being Concessioned with the sole aim of rehabilitating, remodeling and retrofitting the facilities to world class standards” he said.

    He highlighted the major benefits of the initiative to include: creation of 40,000 jobs, recruitment of 27,500 Community Sanitation Workers (CSW) who would be engaged to clean inner streets in the 377 wards of the state and will receive several incentives which include: tax reliefs and healthcare, life, injury and accident insurance benefits.
    Other benefits of the new initiative include : Improved aesthetics for the entire State through significantly cleaner communities, roads, and highways;Protection of public health, local environment and the global environment, through the provision of an efficient and effective final disposal option for all waste generated in the State; flood prevention through all- year-round cleaning of drainage infrastructure;Improved hygiene environment leading to savings in healthcare costs associated with poor sanitation (malaria, cholera, Lassa, Zikaetc) and the deepening of economic complexity to create numerous new business opportunities

    It is recalled that the history of Lagos State is replete with measures in response to the solid waste management challenge with the early stages noted for the building of incinerators, burning of waste, placement of waste bins in strategic locations, waste depots, dump sites cart pushers and lately Transfer Loading Stations and PSP in waste management.
    On other achievements of the Ministry, Adejare said that the government of Lagos State, being aware of the important role of all stakeholders in achieving a sustainable environment, continued to devote resources to stakeholders’ engagement to further clarify their role and get their support for government policies and programmes on the environment.
    “As a result, we have continued to pay premium to advocacy and enlightenment through programmes such asStakeholders’ Engagement in Environmental Impact Assessment for Dredging and Land Reclamation Projects in Lagos State and through the celebration of United nations recognized days such as the World Toilet Day, World Soil Day and World Wetlands Day among other “he said.
    He also stated that efforts of government to control pests and communicable diseases such as Lassa Fever,Zikka virus and cholera via the‘deratisation’ exercise, which was carried out in markets across Lagos State through fumigation, paid off as about 6,500 rats were killed across the state.
    Speaking on the de-flooding activities of the State Government, the Environment Commissioner noted thatover 10.8million people benefited from the de-flooding programme in Lagos State in 2016 asthe stategovernment completed 21 drainage construction and 14 drainage dredging projects across the State.
    He stated that to achieve this feat, the Lagos State Government constructed 12.99 km length of drainage channels in 17 LGAs/LCDAs, dredged 22.250 km length of primary channel across the state andmade provision for 16 new drainage projects.
    Adejare disclosed that other achievements of Lagos State Government in the environment sector within the last one year include the training and inauguration of 570 youths as Assistant Horticulturists, planting of 825 various species of trees and usage of parks statewide by 143,823 Lagosians as well as the maintenance of the state’s early warning mechanism on flooding.
    Mukaila Sanusi
    Head Public Affairs
    Ministry of the Environment
    18th April 2017