• LASG RESOURCITATES SANITATION COMPETITION AMONGST LG/LCDA

    ….Sets Up Assessment Committee, to commence work in May

    Lagos State Government on Sunday announced the resourcitation of the Environmental Sanitation competition amongst all Local Governments and Council Areas in the State.

    In a statement, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, said the competition is being brought back to reawaken the consciousness of every resident with Local Governments serving as the pivot of the campaign.

    He explained that since the programme suffered a setback in 2017 through a court stoppage of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise, everyone has let down their guard thus aggravating various environmental issues.

    He stated that part of the benefit derivable is bringing about healthy competition on sanitation and hygiene practices amongst communities, markets and LG/LCDA.

    Others are improvement in the environmental conditions of the state especially on Highways, roads and streets, markets, schools and illegal Street trading.

    Bello said the competition will take input of actors in the communities including local government chairmen, community leaders, traditional rulers, transport unions and market leaders.

    He informed that an assessment committee which will start work in May has been constituted with membership drawn from the Environment Ministry and Local Government and Community Affairs and other relevant MDAs to inspect all public utilities.

    The assessment committee will also inspect the general aesthetics of the scheduled LG/LCDA and the commitment of each to environmental management.

    The Commissioner listed some of the criteria for the assessment of each LG/LCDA to include culture of bagging of refuse, clean and flowing drains, LAWMA PSP patronage and vegetal control.

    Others are markets cleaniness, landscaping and beautification of LG/LCDA secretariat, control of illegal structures, shanties, black spots, illegal refuse dumps, encroachment on drainage setbacks, Street trading, abandoned buildings, land and properties.

    The assessment is expected to be rounded off in November with an award ceremony during which mouth watering prizes will be presented to the winner and first runners-up LG/LCDA.

    Consolation prices will also be given to the cleanest market, school, environmental sanitation friendly motor park/ garage amongst others.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director(Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR
    April 18, 2021

  • LAGOS TO EXPERIENCE NORMAL RAINFALL OF 238-261 DAYS IN 2021 Continuos dredging and cleaning of all canals ongoing.. As HC Env. briefs on Seasonal Rainfall Pattern for 2021

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday informed residents that the state will experience normal rainfall of between 238-261 days this year, assuring that adequate measures are already in place for contain any eventuality.

    Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Mr Tunji Bello who stated this during a press briefing on the Year 2021 Seasonal Climate Predictions (SCP) at Alausa stated that the Maximum Annual Rainfall for this 2021 is predicted to be 1,747mm.

    He maintained that the State government is set to ensure a flood-free and hygienic environment during the season.

    He noted that the State is collaborating with the the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) not only in the areas of Annual Seasonal climate Prediction but also in downscaling the predictions to all stakeholders.

    He added that the State has concluded preparation to have its own network of weather stations to closely monitor the climate as well as increase the preparedness for weather related issues.

    Bello said the Seasonal Climate Prediction for Lagos State indicated onset dates that ranged between March 17th in earliest and April 6th, while the season ending is predicted to be between 30th November and 5th December 2021

    According to the Commissioner, Ikeja is expected to experience about 261 days of rainfall with a total amount of 1392mm and the rainfall onset date of 17th March as it already witnessed while the cessation date is expected to be 3rd of December 2021.

    “Lagos Island is had a rainfall onset date of 6th April, while its cessation date is expected to be 30th of November. It is also expected that Lagos Island would have about 238 days of rainfall and about 1627mm of rainfall this year”.

    “It is also expected that the increasing frequency of extreme weather events indicate that year 2021 would likely experience days with extremely high rainfall amounts which may result in flooding” he declared.

    Bello restated that the Emergency Flood Abatement Gangs (EFAG) of the Ministry have been consistently de-silting and working on various linkages to the secondary and primary channels to enable them discharge efficiently and act as retention basins.

    He said in order to forestall the incidences of collapse of telecommunication masts, occasioned by high velocity of the wind, expected during the onset and cessation of every rainfall, Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) has been put on alert to ensure advertising and communication agencies comply with regulations on safety of billboards and telecommunication masts.

    He added that all emergency agencies, traffic management agencies and other emergency related outfits have also been put on the alert to assist in reducing the negative impact of thunder storm associated with rainfall across the State.

    He disclosed further that Government is determined to maintain the long-established synergy and partnership with Ogun-Oshun River Basin Authority which has ensured control and monitoring of the steady and systemic release of water from Oyan Dam to prevent flooding of the downstream reaches.

    He emphasized that the government would ramp up their enlightenment and advocacy efforts to sensitize and advise communities in coastal and low-lying wetland areas of the State, to move upland when the need arises so as to avert needless loss of lives and property.

    He enjoined journalists to partner government in sensitizing Lagosians who reside along flood plains of major rivers and drainage channels such as Owode, Iwaya, Makoko, Badia, Ijora, Isaalu, Pota, Shibiri etc, to always be on the alert and be ready to move to higher grounds when the need arises adding that they would be duly notified at the appropriate time.

    He reiterated that the government would continue to serve abatement notices on owners of illegal structures, violators of building regulations on drainage alignments, tenements and institutions discharging solid waste in water bodies.

    The Commissioner however called on market men and women to ensure that they follow the rules as regards waste disposal and cleanliness in their market space as any market found flouting this laws will be shut.

    Disclosing that it is natural to have flashfloods, which will percolate or drain off quickly, as is also the case in different parts of the world, the Commissioner added that It is only when flood remains on the roads for several hours and days that flooding can be reported.

    The Special Adviser on Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe who was also part of the briefing informed of government plans to dredge about 221 collector drains, 32 primary channels measuring about 72km spread across the 20 Local Government Areas of the State to checkmate flooding.

    He added that the Emergency Flood Abatement Gangs (EFAG) would also be de-silting various tertiary channels and manholes measuring about 100km across the State.

    He assured that the present administration is determined to find a lasting solution to flooding by building of concrete drainage covers while dredging of canals which has commenced in March will round up in October.

    He called on residents to support Government to achieve a flood free Lagos and desist from dumping refuse on drainage channels or encroaching on Right of Ways of canals, adding that it is regrettable that several of the canals that have been recently cleaned up are again been littered by residents.

    He said for areas that are complaining that they are yet to feel the presence of the government in terms of drainage construction and clearing, the wheels of development will eventually get to them.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR
    April 14, 2021

  • RESPITE FOR LAGOS INDUSTRIES AS EFFLUENT TREATMENT PLANT COMES ON STREAM

    … Env. Comm. Tunji Bello also commissions Air Monitoring station, Digital E-library and hybrid van at LASEPA.

     

    The Lagos State Government over the weekend gave respite to industries without capacity to test their effluents and industrial, hazardous wastewater as it commissioned a mini effluent treatment plant that would determine their toxicity before being released into the atmosphere.

    Speaking at the handover at Alausa which also featured the unveiling of an Air Monitoring Station located at six different locations, a Digital E-Library and a hybrid vehicle, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello said the new additions will empower the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to be better positioned to perform its regulatory roles.

    He added that in times past when industrial concerns sought the help of LASEPA to assist in analyzing effluents, the agency could not respond as quickly as it should, adding that some industries even went beyond board of releasing such effluent into the atmosphere without seeking the advice of the agency.

    In his words: “This Mini Effluent plant came about because of the need to treat wastewater and leftover samples of industrial wastewater from LASEPA’s laboratory. It is regrettable that LASEPA, which has the responsibility for protecting the environment lacked an acceptable means of treating wastewater until now”

    Tunji Bello said vigilant members of the public were also not unmindful that with such scenario, LASEPA would have compromised her status as the environmental policeman that runs afoul of the same law it seeks to enforce.

    Bello emphasized that now, things can only get better for residents of the state in this wise, because there is also room for expansion of the capacity of the mini effluent plant in case request for usage increases geometrically such that the State will maintain its leading role in environmental management in Nigeria as the Centre of Excellence.

    He reminded all that the Lagos State Environmental Protection Law 2017 under the relevant sections empower LASEPA to survey and monitor surface, underground and portable air, land and soil environments in the state to determine pollution levels in them and collect baseline data”.

    He commended the World Bank for partnering with the State Government through LASEPA for the provision quality air monitoring stations that are located at six different locations in the state.

    He reiterated that the air quality measurement stations located at LASEPA headquarters, Alausa, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Lekki, Abesan Estate, Ipaja, University of Lagos, Akoka, Jankara, Lagos Island and in Ikorodu will measure the air quality across its locations and aid better policy formulation on the environment in the State.

    He reiterated that the Air quality measuring station will ensure a comprehensive knowledge of the Air Quality of the Lagos environment, while helping to identify pollution and their sources.

    He said the digital E-library which was also commissioned would fast track the achievement of the goals and objectives of monitoring, controlling and regulating the environment to make it safe and healthy.

    Tunji Bello commended the general manager of LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe and her management team for driving the process that has seen renewed vibrancy in the agency in terms of the delivery of its core mandate.

    “I feel proud of what LASEPA has become today due to the innovativeness and shrewd management of resources of the leadership and it is worthy of commendation now that the Agency is responding adequately to its job as the policeman of the atmosphere and the environment”, he said.

    Earlier in her welcome address, the General Manager, LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, said the maintenance of the environment is a collective responsibility especially on noise pollution and global warming, while urging residents to always ensure its sustainability.

    She said the commissioning of the completed projects is towards promoting environmental sustainability as the state is moving from a linear economy to a circular economy whereby before manufacturing, recycling has to be put into consideration.

    She commended the United Nations for its technical support always and the World Bank for material provisions to the agency at the event which also had in attendance the Special Adviser on Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Service, Mrs Belinda Odeneye and her Office of Drainage Services counterpart, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde and representatives of the United Nations, UNIDO, Zenith Bank, partners agencies and associations.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE & WR

  • 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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  • LAGOS SYMPATHIZES WITH RESIDENTS ON THURSDAY TORRENTIAL RAINFALL ……..Urges adequate preparation for heavy rainfalls in July as well as September

    Lagos State Government on Friday sympathized with all residents of the state for the torrential rainfalls of the last two days and its resultant dislocations.

    In a press statement signed by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, he expressed his sympathy to those whose properties were damaged and those who were displaced by the flash flood.

    He explained that because Lagos is a coastal city, the heavy rainfall of Thursday which commenced from Wednesday brought about a back flow from the Lagoon which caused the flash flood experienced all over.

    He added that some four hours after the cessation of the downpour, the water level of the lagoon that was very high causing a back flow receded in several areas and allowed discharge from the various collectors.

    He reiterated that residents should be conscious that whenever it rains and the  high water level in the lagoon locks up the collectors thus preventing easy discharge into the lagoon, which ultimately leads to backflow of water into the streets.

    According to Mr Tunji Bello, ”Anytime it rains for hours, and the lagoon water rises, this often prevent our channels from discharging effectively’’, he reiterated.

    The Commissioner advised residents of the state in low- lying areas to always relocate from such areas when rainfall starts especially during the rainy season, saying this has become imperative to avert any loss of life and properties during such heavy downpours going forward.

    Bello stated that the pro-active and on-going cleaning and clearing of all Drainage channels in the state also facilitated the ease with which the flash flood disappeared into the channels after the rain falls of Thursday.

    He also reiterated his appeal to residents to desist from dumping refuse on drainage channels or encroaching on Right of Ways of canals, adding that it is regrettable that several of the canals that have been recently cleared and cleaned up are again been littered by residents.

    The Commissioner emphasized that more of such heavy rains will come in July as well September, stressing the need for all residents to be adequately prepared for it.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE&WR

  • LASG ALLAYS FEAR OF RESIDENTS OVER CONTINUOUS HEAVY RAINFALLS ….Announces schedule of water releases from Oyan River Dam

    The Lagos State Government on Tuesday allayed fears of some residents on continuous heavy downpour being experienced in the state, assuring that necessary measures are in place to effectively manage the flash floods that comes with it.

    The State  Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello who gave the assurance at a Press Briefing at Alausa, to explain measures already put in place for this year’s rainfall pattern, informed that additional heavy rainfall should be expected in July and September.

    He urged all residents of low lying areas like Agboyi Ketu, Ajegunle and several others to relocate from their residence now and not wait until they are trapped in by the rainfalls which may even cost loss of lives in addition to damage to properties.

    The commissioner also advised residents living along the plains of Ogun River to be on the alert and take necessary precautions as the Ogun Osun River Basin Authority which manages the Oyan River Dam will soon commence the seasonal water releases from the dam, stressing that the controlled water releases has become expedient as a result of weather forecast and the continuous heavy downpours.

    In his words, “In July, Five million cubic meters (MCM) will be released while by August, they will release 8 to 10 million cubic meters. In September, it will be increased to 18 million cubic meters while in October 23million cubic meters will be released which is the peak. Then by November  gradual reduction of water release to the tube  will be 11million cubic meters”.

    The commissioner noted  that from the  prediction of the Nigeria Meteorological Services NIMET, released early in the year, the increasing frequency of extreme weather events indicated that year 2020 will likely experience days with extremely high rainfall amounts which may result in flooding.

    He stated State that the volume of rainfall would be very high in June as its being experienced now and will run into July and September, urging Lagosians not to entertain fears because the State Government has mapped out strategies to contain flooding that may be experienced as result of heavy rainfalls.

    According to him, “the State Government is presently working on 222 secondary channels out of which 146 have been completed across the State just as 46 primary Channels are receiving attention presently in addition to the efforts of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gangs (EFAG) that are being deployed round the state to undertake quick fix to free manholes or clogged up drains manually”.

    The Commissioner  assured members of the public particularly residents of  Aguda, Shomolu, Surulere, Oworonshoki and Idi Oro that  contractors are already working on all the channels in the area stating that cleaning usually starts from the lower stream before it’s get to the upper stream and that the same applies in Aguda, were dredging is moving gradually and would reach all the areas adjourning LUTH Idi Araba and Ishaga which are all parts of System 6c.

    Bello mentioned Idi-Oro and Olosha in Mushin as areas experiencing issues because of indiscriminate refuse dumping and assured that the ministry was taking steps to tackle the problem of refuse dumping frontally in the area so that the drainage channels can work effectively adding that eight people were arrested at Idi Araba a few days ago for dumping waste indiscriminately into the canal while it was raining and that they will be prosecuted.

    He noted that government being aware of the reduced capacity of the Olusosun dumpsite and was in talk with the Ogun State Government for an alternative waste dumping site in Ogun State which can be jointly managed by the two states.

    He sounded a note of warning to those engaging in these unwholesome acts to desist saying that the Ministry had empowered its environmental enforcement agents to arrest and prosecute sanitation offenders in the state.

    Also speaking at the press briefing the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe said the issue of flooding was not only peculiar to Nigeria because other countries of the world also experience flooding during the raining season.

    He mentioned that the situation where residents were allowed to erect shanties on drainage setbacks, dump refuse indiscriminately, block drainage channels and constitute nuisance to the neighborhood was unacceptable, stressing that the government would immediately enforce environmental laws to return to normalcy.

    Igbokwe urged Lagosians to embrace the waste to wealth initiative of the state where pet bottles and styrofoam can be sorted in exchange for stipend adding that in coming days, a commercially viable option would be found for styro foams.

    He also said that the State Government would not rest on its oars in ensuring that Lagosians inculcate the habit of regular maintenance of their immediate environment as doing so was our collective responsibility.

    The Special adviser thereafter advised Lagosians to be safety conscious during this period and urged them to take some safety measures such as avoid going out during the rains except only when it is absolutely necessary as well as being conscious when driving and do not over speed, ensuring that vehicles are in good condition and avoid driving through flooded areas as it might be difficult to ascertain its depth.

  • LASG ADVOCATES FOR PROPER USAGE OF FRESH WATER ………..Joins the Rest of The World To Celebrate World Water Day

    Lagos State Government on Sunday called on the people to pay attention to the importance of proper usage of freshwater to ensure availability and sustainable management of freshwater for all in the near future.

    A press statement issued in commemoration of the 2020 World Water Day Celebration from the office of the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello on Sunday said World Water Day is celebrated across the world yearly in order to increase the awareness among people about the importance, need and conservation of water with the focus on universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in line with the targets of SDG 6 by 2030. 

    He noted that the theme for this year being “Water & Climate Change” is apt at this time as climate change affect the water cycle change significantly  because when climate is warm more water evaporates from the surface of the earth and in turn a warmer atmosphere can hold more water.

    He explained that due to various factors such as population growth, industrialization and climate change, water resources across the world are under great pressure not only in terms of quantity but in terms of quality.

    The Commissioner reveals that the growing gap between natural water sources and demand for water necessitates treatment of waste water by means of appropriate technology and thereafter reuse of waste water in areas such agriculture, irrigation and energy.

    Climate change according to him, put pressure on drinking water supplies, food production, property values and increase in coastal flooding as most of the climate change impacts come down to water.

    He said the theme for this year “Water & Climate Change” and how the two are inextricably linked, adapting to the water effects of climate change will protect health and save lives explaining that sing water more efficiently will reduce the greenhouse gases.

    “The earth’s supply of freshwater is a renewable resource if it is managed properly, hence the need to protect it.  Freshwater is water that is useful or potentially useful to humans. It is important because it is needed for life to exist”.

    “It is time that people come together tackle the water crisis and address the reasons why so many people are being left behind adding that a lot people are still living without safe water with their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive” he concluded.

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE &WR

    March 20, 2020

  • LAGOS PARTNERS JULIUS BERGER TO DISINFECT SOME MAJOR ROADS AND BUS STOPS

    As part of continuing efforts to curtail the spread of Corona Virus, the Lagos State Government has partnered with construction giants, Julius Berger Plc to embark on the additional disinfecting and fumigation of some major roads in the state.

    Speaking at the flag off of the exercise at Iddo Bus Stop over the weekend, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, said the gesture from Julius Berger Plc underscores the determination of the present administration to secure the lives of residents.

    He added that the state government will continue to adopt measures to ensure the COVID-19 pandemic does not spread in the state and means of community transmission is curtailed. 

    He commended Julius Berger for providing trucks and tankers with dispensers and some of the chemicals to engage in disinfecting the surfaces and hand railings at major bus stops and some of the major roads.

    Tunji Bello who was represented by the Director Sanitation Services, Dr Hassan Sanuth at the flag off, explained that the chemical being made us of for the exercise is a mixture of Hydrogen Peroxide and chlorine.

    He listed the areas to be disinfected as iddo Market- Costain- Oyingbo Iponrin, Bode Thomas- Orile and it’s environs. Yaba, Jibowu, Maryland, Ojuelegba through to Ojota.

    Other areas to be disinfected are Ikeja Under Bridge, Computer Village, Agidingbi Bus stop, Grammar School and Ojodu Berger.

    The exercise will also touch the Tafawa Balewa Square, Marina, CMS, Inner Marina, Tinubu Square, Glover Road, Sura Bus stop, Upper Campos Bus stop and Obalende Roundabout.

    Tunji Bello said the exercise has been designed to end by Monday and called on other well meaning corporate organisations to also come forward and give back to the state where they have been carrying out their businesses in whatever form they desire.

     Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director Public Affairs

    MOE&WR

    April 11, 2020

  • LAGOS SUSPENDS DEMOLITION OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON DRAINAGE ALIGNMENTS

    Lagos State Government on Wednesday directed the suspension of on-going demolition of illegal structures on drainage alignments in Yaya Abatan to Obawole in Ogba, Lagos State.

    In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, the temporary suspension is in view of the ongoing Corona pandemic. 

    Tunji Bello said the demolition exercise was duly approved in February after several contravention notices had been issued to owners and occupiers of the structures.

    He added that the demolition exercise is part of the wholesome clearing and cleaning of Drainage channels and alignments by the State Government in readiness for the rainy season.

    He reiterated that with the ravaging Corona Virus pandemic and the need to maintain social distancing by all, a temporary halt is being applied to the exercise for now.

    The Commissioner added that after the COVID-19 pandemic must have been overcome, the exercise will be revisited by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina

    Director Public Affairs

    MOE &WR

    April 22, 2020