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.


    Kunle Adeshina

    Director Public Affairs

    MOE &WR

    April 22, 2020


    In view of the increasing prevalence of plastic waste and its negative effect on the environment in recent years, the Lagos State Government  is set to put in place policy guidelines for Plastic utility to ensure a sustainable management of plastic waste

     The policy guideline will also be backed up with appropriate legal framework to be established through an enabling law.

    According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, the government will also put in place a strategy for identifying and disseminating sustainable plastic waste management knowledge to the public.

    Continuing,  he said the strategy would also disseminate plastic waste Management knowledge to others including stakeholders in user-friendly formats and also incorporate sustainable plastic waste management knowledge into government implemented public awareness initiatives. 

    He stressed that plastic waste materials make up a significant proportion of solid wastes and litter in Lagos State adding that it has become a highly visible part of the waste stream (PET, Styrofoam and nylon commonly being used for Water & beverages, take away plates & cups, Carrier bags and others).

    According to him, this development is posing environmental challenges ranging from Ecosystems degradation, Drainage clogging & flooding, Lagoon & Ocean debris with attendant harm to human resulting in high socio-economic impacts on the State. 

    He said that effective plastic waste management is fundamental to delivery of the State government’s priority transformational agenda as laid down in Lagos State Development Plan (LSDP) because it is a resource that can be managed to achieve economic, social and environmental benefits. 

    He added that sustainable plastic waste management will create value from the waste stream and formalize the waste-pickers’ sector to improve livelihoods and reduce the pressure on landfill saying that it will improve the situation of the State’s drainage channels and reduce plastic pollution in the marine environment. 

    Bello identified the cause of the menace to poor management of plastic waste that enters the environment through open dumping, open burning, and disposal in waterways. 

    The Commissioner said that there would be state guidelines for Plastic utility to ensure a sustainable management of plastic waste with appropriate legal framework established through a law with provisions for the continuous implementation of the policy.

    Bello said government will also put in place a strategy for identifying and disseminating sustainable plastic waste management knowledge to the public and other stakeholders in user-friendly formats 

    The state will  also incorporate sustainable plastic waste management knowledge into government implemented public awareness initiatives, Bello explained. 

    He disclosed that plastic waste materials make up a significant proportion of solid wastes and litter in Lagos State, adding that it has become a highly visible part of the waste stream (PET, Styrofoam and nylon commonly being used for Water & beverages, take away plates & cups, Carrier bags and others).

    According to him, the development is posing environmental challenges ranging from Ecosystems degradation, Drainage clogging & flooding, Lagoon & Ocean debris with attendant harm to human, resulting in high socio-economic impacts on the State. 

    He said that effective plastic waste management is fundamental to delivery of the State government’s priority transformation agenda.

    “As a responsible and responsive Government, we will strictly be observant of the principle of partnership and citizens’ buy-in.

     “Private sector participation in plastic waste management activities to include but not limited to waste collection, transportation, building and operation of treatment plants, waste recovery and recycling” he revealed. 

    The commissioner said that governments all over the world have taken action to control the volume of plastic waste that gets into the environment by either banning the sale, charging customers or generating taxes from the stores that sell plastic products.

    He  stated that the Bangladesh government was the first to do so in 2002, imposing a total ban on lightweight plastic bags. 

    He stressed further that between 2010 and 2019, the number of public policies intended to phase out plastic carrier bags tripled. As of 1st August 2019, such bans have been introduced in 70 countries, with varying degrees of enforcement, whilst 33 countries imposed a charge per bag policy.

    The Commissioner stated that Plastic is found in almost every aspect of life and has become an essential part of the society due to their low cost, versatility, imperviousness to water and ease of manufacturing. 

    He stated further that the Policy, will move the State towards realization of the Zero Waste principle, whereby waste generation is minimized or prevented.


    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)


    March 15, 2020


    The Lagos State Government on Tuesday alert residents of the state that the state will witness a near  normal rainfall of between 240 to 270 days this year.

    The State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Tunji Bello who stated this during a press briefing on the Year 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Predictions and  prevention of flooding in the State in his office at Alausa, added the maximum annual rainfall is predicted to be 1,750mm.

    He said the earliest predicted onset of the rainy season is 17th March with other areas following, adding that the rainy season is expected to cease earliest by 22 Nov in Surulere with other areas following after.

    He stated that Ikeja was expected to have about 1526mm, while that of Badagry is 1750mm, Lagos Island with 1714mm, Ikorodu with 1690mm and Epe with 1730mm of rainfall.

    He disclosed that the report which was obtained from the Nigerian Meteorological services (NIMET) indicated further that Lagos Island was expected to have a rainfall onset date of 19th March with an error margin of three days, while its cessation date is expected to be 26th of November.

    He said this year’s prediction by NiMeT is based on the global consensus that El-Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is at the neutral phase which will continue till around August or September.

     It is also expected that Lagos Island will have about 252 days of rainfall with about 1714mm of rainfall through the year.

    Bello disclosed that the predictions of the Agency were valuable as vital weather and early warning tools for planners, decision makers and operators of the various sectors and businesses that might be impacted by the annual rainfall, if not well managed.

    Re-assuring Lagosians on the issue of floods, Bello said in a coastal area like Lagos, it is natural that, “sometimes when it rains, we are likely to have flash-floods on our roads as normal occurrences all over the world. 

    “As long as the drains are clean, we should be assured that, in a matter of time, the flash flood will disappear”.

    According to him, it is only when flood remains on the roads for days that we can report that the place is flooded.

     “It must be noted that, anytime the Lagoon level rises, it may “lock up” the discharge points drainage channels and until it recedes, there will be no discharge. Occurrences like these also cause backflows, resulting to flooding”, he emphasised.

     But as soon as the Lagoon recedes, all the generated storm water will immediately discharge and our roads will be free.  

    He disclosed, “The Lagos State Government has established synergy and partnership with Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority and this has ensured control and monitoring of the steady and systematic release of water from Oyan Dam to prevent flooding of the downstream communities; 

    According to him, since last year the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang under Drainage Maintenance Department of the Ministry have been consistently de-silting and working on secondary collectors and conduits, to enable them discharge efficiently.

    The Commissioner urged Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) and Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA) to ensure advertising and communication agencies comply with regulations on safety and stability of billboards and telecommunication masts in readiness for the strong winds expected during the onset and cessation of every rainfall.

    He remarked that all relevant security and emergency agencies would be adequately informed to be ever ready for any negative effects of flooding.

     ”All emergency agencies, traffic management agencies and other emergency related outfits will be put on the alert to assist in reducing the havoc that may arise from the incidents of flooding in the State.”

    Bello advised Lagosians who reside along flood plains, coastal and low-lying wetland areas near major rivers to always be on the alert and be ready to relocate, when the need arises.  

    He maintained that government shall, as usual, notify such residents at the appropriate time. He also urged motorists to observe prescribed speed limits during the rainy reason, to avoid loss of lives and property.

    The Environment Commissioner appealed to Lagosians to desist from acts that can lead to flooding, indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorised places.

    Bello assured that the contact of Drainage Resident Engineers will be made available in all our 57 Local Governments Areas and Local Council Development Areas to attend to the  needs of residents before, during and after the rainy season.

    Also speaking at the briefing, the Special adviser on Drainage and water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe said the Government is working seriously with the all the Local Governments to sensitize market men and women saying that the government will not hesitate to shut down any erring market.

     Igbokwe also noted that there has been a rise in population and government will not relent in performing its responsibilities of maintaining cleanliness in the environment stressing that work is seriously going on to clear canals and drains in Oshodi, Isolo, Mushin, Ladipo amongst others.

    He enjoined the people of Lagos to support   government efforts by complementing through regular clearing of drains in their frontages to ensure free-flow of storm water as well as to desist from dumping of refuse into drainage channels and roads. 


    The enforcement team of the Ikoyi /Victoria Island Clean up committee  on Tuesday came under physical attack from some military personnel at the roundabout opposite the Bonny Camp in Victoria island.

    The clean up team which had been conducting daily enforcement raids visited the roundabout and under bridge opposite Bonny Camp which served as a depot, store and distribution point for goods sold on the streets.

    Immediately the exercise commenced, the operatives were confronted by some uniformed military personnel who prevented  them from seizing the items and taking them away.

    The military personnel, some of whom were in mufti questioned the audacity of the LASG officials to conduct raids near a military capacity and resorted to beating up all identified officers of the state in sight.

    The action of the military men emboldened some of the street traders who resorted to hurling stones and other dangerous items at the officials who were on official duties.

    Attempts were made to smash the video camera of one of the television stations attached to the enforcement team while a public affairs officer was also assaulted and had his mobile phone damaged.

    Speaking on the incident, the Chairman of the Committee Mr Tunji Bello expressed sadness at the action of the uniformed men.

    He said as part of the proactive measures undertaken by the Committee,  letters of intents were written to the  various military and Police formations to inform them of the operation of the committee in VI and Ikoyi. 

    Meanwhile, a total of 23 people were arrested for street trading, breach of peace and obstructing the highways during the enforcement on Tuesday.

    Those arrested were charged before a Special Offences Mobile Court which sat at Falomo Roundabout in Ikoyi and handed out appropriate punishments.


    The Lagos State Government on Friday commenced the enforcement of the Clean Up of Ikoyi and Victoria Island with the impounding of 36 exotic cars and trucks from an illegal car mart and mechanic workshop located on the pedestrian walkway of Muritala Mohammed Drive formerly Bank Road In Ikoyi .

    The enforcement team which was led by the Chairman of the Task Force on Environmental and Special offenses, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi also arrested four persons who were arraigned  before a mobile court immediately.

    One of those arraigned who converted part of the walkway on Bank Road to a beer parlour was fined  N50.000 while all the cartons of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks on display were confiscated.

    The three other persons who converted the walkway to a car mart were fined on each of the counts after pleading guilty and also had the 36 vehicles which were fairly used Tokunboh of different makes impounded by the court.

    The enforcement team also pulled down a makeshift mosque which was located on the pedestrian walkway also Bank Road, Ikoyi.

    All the remnants of the demolition exercise was carted away by Lagos State Waste Management Authority LAWMA, while towing vehicles were provided by LASTMA to move vehicles causing obstruction.

    The team also touched Adekunle Lawal formerly  Magregor Road and Olawale Daudu Road formerly Lord Rumens where a makeshift car wash opposite Abraham’s Court was dismantled and four vehicles wrongly parked towed away.

    Speaking with newsmen at end of day one of the exercise, CSP Egbeyemi adviced people who have mounted shanties and illegal structures to remove same immediately, adding that today’s exercise is just a tip of the iceberg.

    He added that the committee is committed to actualising its mandate in ridding Ikoyi and Victoria Island of all illegal structures and all environmental nuisances.

    He added that the special committee is planning to carry out the clean up exercise for the next six months and would ensure that it is sustained by KAI and Neighbourhood SAfety Corps operatives.

    The Special Committee had earlier embarked on several awareness campaigns through the electronic, print and social media to sensitise the general public, residents ,the owners of illegal structures on setbacks, walkways, drainage alignments, roadside mechanics and squatters in the affected areas to comply with the law maintaining that anyone caught would be dealt with according to the environmental laws of the state.

    As the exercise continues, commercial motorcycle riders plying restricted routes and commercial vehicles driving against traffic as well as those picking passengers on the main roads would also be prosecuted. 

    Night club owners and karaoke operators with inadequate parking spaces who encouraged their customers to park on main roads thereby making life difficult for residents to gain free access to their homes would also not go unpunished during this Clean-Up exercise.

    The resusitation of the Special Committee became necessary following the various complaints received from members of the public and residents of the area on the unwholesome activities going on in Ikoyi and Victoria Island axis.

    The quest to have a safe, clean and healthy Lagos is not negotiable as the present administration is set to find a permanent solution to all environmental infractions being witnessed in Ikoyi, and Victoria Island as well as other parts of the state.


    The Special Committee on the Clean-Up of Ikoyi and Victoria Island, recently resuscitated by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will commence the full enforcement of all environmental and traffic laws in the areas on Friday.

    The Special Committee in a press statement on Wednesday signed by the Chairman, Mr Tunji Bello informed that the committee working in conjunction with the Victoria Island and Ikoyi Residents Association (VIIRA) and different enforcement agencies in the State will remove all illegal structures and dislodge all squatters and miscreants in Ikoyi and Victoria Island.

    He explained that the committee has already conducted a reconnaissance operation of several areas in Victoria Island and Ikoyi in November to identify specific areas of infraction.

    Part of the focus of the Special Committee according to Tunji Bello who is also the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, is the clearing of refuse, identification and removal of all illegal structures on setbacks, walkways, drainage alignments as well as roadside mechanics who have converted several open spaces to automobile workshops.   

    He added that the activities of night club owners and karaoke operators without adequate parking lots and who thereby converts major roads into parking points inhibiting free access to residents of many areas especially in VIctoria Island would be put under check.

    Tunji Bello reiterated that leisure houses, night clubs and karaoke stations who engage in noise pollution will be served with abatement notices as the law dictates before the full force of the law is applied in such places, adding that religious homes who engage in noise pollution are advised to correct such anomalies before the task force commences its enforcement.

    He stated that the committee would also enforce the provision of the State Traffic law during the enforcement by apprehending and prosecuting commercial motorcycle riders who ply restricted routes and drive against traffic and commercial buses who drive against traffic and pick passengers on the main road.

    He said it was regrettable that highbrow Victoria Island and Ikoyi have now been heavily populated by different funny characters including operators of the old antiquated cart and three wheeler tricycle operators who park indiscriminately on walkways, affirming that the operators still have a grace period from now till the commencement of enforcement to move out of the areas or be dislodged and prosecuted.

    Bello emphasized that the task force will also dislodge illegal occupants of abandoned buildings several of which have been identified and which serve as hideout for criminals and prostitutes as well as destitute who roam about the streets in daytime and perpetrate crimes at dusk.

    He stated that part of the sustenance measures being planned by the Special Committee for the areas to be cleared is the deployment and retention of operatives of the Lagos Neighbourhood Watch, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (KAI) and LASPARK to be provided with security cover by the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offenses Task Force under the leadership of CSP Yinka Egbeyemi.

    Bello said the modus operandi of the Clean Up Task Force when enforcement commences is to conduct operations at Day and night and ensure the immediate trial of those caught for running foul of the state environmental sanitation offenses law and road traffic laws by the mobile courts which is an integral part of the operation.

    He reiterated that the present administration under the able leadership of Mr Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu intends to use the success of the impending clean up of IKoyi and Victoria Island as a test case and launching pad for the extention of the exercise to other parts of the state.


    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)


    The Lagos State Government on Monday  charged all residents of the state to be conscious of the state of the Environment as they celebrate the Christmas and New Year festivities.

    The State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello who gave this advice In an interview in his office at Alausa, Ikeja, stressed that it was necessary to enlighten Lagosians that they should show utmost love to the environment even as they celebrate.

    Bello, who wished all Lagosians a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year celebration, urged everyone to respect the environment, bearing in mind that a lot of waste would be generated during the Christmas and New Year celebrations calling for proper disposal of animal waste as well as proper sorting and bagging of such refuse and place them at designated points.

    He assured Lagosians that the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is positioned to respond adequately to the efforts efforts to rid Lagos of refuse heaps.

    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 will be visiting the several Parks and Gardens across the state to be mindful of their activities while they celebrate and also avoid bringing inflammable objects to the gardens.

    He 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 has reduced 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.

    23th  DECEMBER, 2019


    15 persons were arrested, five vehicles, three motorcycles were towed away as The Lagos State Government commenced the beautification of the stretch of Outer Marina up till the frontage of the State House Marina from the foot of Apongbon Bridge in order to improve the aesthetical appearance of the area.

    Speaking on the Flagging off  of the beautification process on Tuesday, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello said those arrested were people who ignored the vacation directive of the state Government to all street traders and operators of commercial vehicles in the areas.

    He added that all those arrested have been handed over to the appropriate enforcement agencies for prosecution, just as the present administration is committed to given the Outer Marina a major facelift to restore its greenery outlook and  to meet up the smart city vision of the state.

    Bello said the project has started in earnest under the supervision of the State Parks and Garden Agency(LASPARK) as all the illegal structures dotting the areas have been dismantled and that traffic is now moving freely in the Outer Marina area and is a pointer to the determination to make life easy for every resident of the state.

    The Commissioner reiterated that evacuation and enforcement activities were carried out earlier at the Outer Marina stretch Apongbon, CMS up to the State House Marina following the deadline of the marching order issued to street traders, shanties, squatters and Commercial Vehicles around the area.

    According to him, “commercial vehicle operators in Marina should desist from dropping passengers or stopping at the foot of the bridge rather  they should do such at designated Parks in the area; also street traders seen around the area engaging in any commercial activities will be prosecuted as well as miscreants and all those found loitering around the foot of the bridge will prosecuted as well”.

    Bello emphasised that as the beatification and Landscaping project had commenced, lagosians should be rest assured that the activities is a continuous process and will definitely extend  to other part of the state, charging residents of Marina and its environs to be ready to take ownership of the site after the beatification exercise and to desist from any act of indiscriminate dumping of refuse but rather patronize registered PSP operators in their area.





    3rd DECEMBER, 2019

  • Vacate Outer Marina Immediately: LASG Orders Street Traders, Squatters, Commercial Vehicles Operators.

    Lagos State Government on Thursday gave marching orders to all street traders, squatters and occupiers of shanties and commercial vehicles presently on the stretch of Outer Marina up till the frontage of the State House Marina from the foot of Apongbon Bridge to immediately vacate the area or get arrested and prosecuted.

    The State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello in a statement said from next week, the State Government through the Lagos State Parks and Garden Agency would commence work on the beautification and landscaping of the whole stretch of outer Marina and it has become expedient to clear the area.

    He added that operatives of the State Task Force of Environmental and Special  Offences will move to the area and commence enforcement of the state laws on all offenders including commercial vehicles that stop and pick passengers indiscriminately in Marina from next week.

    He urged all commercial vehicle operators in Marina to henceforth move their vehicles to the designated Park in Marina as all vehicles seen picking, dropping passengers and all those stopping at the foot of the bridge along the road in Marina thereby causing traffic snarl will be towed away and the owners prosecuted.

    Tunji Bello also warned all pedestrians in the habit of dashing across the road and not climbing the provided overhead bridge that officials of the State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) will be deployed to the location to arrest anyone who endangers his life by trying to cross the road.

    He emphasized that the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu intends to restore the greenery and beautified nature of the whole stretch of Marina, just as he intends to do to all parts of the state.

    In his words: “The State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences will soon be moving to Ikoyi and Victoria Island to clean up the area in terms of environmental nuisances”.

    He restated his warning to street traders in all different parts of the state that no area would be left out of enforcement  by the present administration, reminding that Oyingbo has just been cleared of street traders and man-made traffic bottlenecks and sustained.


    Kunle Adeshina

  • Operators Of Clubs, Leisure Homes, Churches, Mosques Must Now Get Permission Of Lastma To Arrange Parking – LASG

    In furtherance to the recent pronouncement of the State Government on noise pollution, all operators of events centres, night clubs on highways must now get the permission of the State Traffic Management Authority LASTMA to arrange parking of patrons vehicles.

    This was stated in Lagos on Monday by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources. Mr Tunji Bello during an interview with newsmen.

    He added that from now on, if any operator of events centre or night clubs constitutes traffic bottlenecks and the consequential environmental impact, they will be sanctioned appropriately.

    He explained that the present arrangement where many night clubs and leisure houses convert lanes on major roads to parking lots without approval will no longer be allowed.

    The Commissioner said such leisure outfits must operate between the hours of 10pm and 5am with officials of LASTMA being engaged to direct traffic.

    Bello maintained that the same rule applies to operators of churches, mosques and all religious outfits located on the highways without adequate parking spaces.

    In addition, he said any leisure house or religious centre that is discovered not to possess relevant building plan approvals after being closed down for running foul of the law on noise pollution runs the risk of a permanent closure.


    18TH NOVEMBER, 2019