Joins global celebration of Biodiversity Day – 

    Lagos State on Monday emphasized its readiness to stimulate action for the conservation of biological diversity through awareness and enlightenment as it joined the global celebration of Biodiversity Day

    In a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, he added that the State will also consolidate on partnerships with reputable Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in this wide.

    Tunji Bello also said that biodiversity was an essential asset that must be sustainably managed, wisely utilized, and conserved for future generations.

    Highlighting the theme for the 2022 celebration “Building a shared future for all life” the Commissioner said the theme presupposes that nature must have a natural balance for the survival of all living and non-living things in the ecosystem.

    He described Biological Diversity as the variety of plants and animals that live in an ecosystem and highlighted the importance of biodiversity.

    “Biodiversity is the foundation upon which the natural ecosystem can build back better and massively scale up restoration effects that will breathe new life into our degraded ecosystems”, he stressed.

    He maintained that the 2022 theme aligns perfectly within the context of the ongoing United Nations Decade on Eco-Restoration which highlights that biodiversity is the answer to several challenges to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) especially, goal 14 (Life below Water) and goal 15 (Life on Land & Climate action).

    Bello said the greatest threats facing Biological Diversity today were numerous but pre-eminent amongst them were habitat destruction and over-exploitation adding that the quest by property developers to acquire land for housing projects has led to the wanton destruction of many wetlands and forest ecosystems.

    He said over-exploitation of wildlife was also a major contributor to the increasing decline in the population of several species of animals in the State at an alarming rate emphasizing that animals that are facing imminent threat of extinction were Pangolin, hooded vulture, sea turtle and manatee populations.

    The Commissioner said the State Government was aware of this development and has continuously taken various steps aimed at addressing them and has embarked on an Advocacy and Awareness Campaign on Wetlands Conservation to the three Senatorial Districts in the State.

    “Amongst these steps is the partnership with the Lekki Urban Forest and Animal Sanctuary Initiative (LUFASI) and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on the conservation of the hooded vulture, pangolin, and Ekki tree population in the State; these partnerships will help protect critically endangered species from extinction and serve as a springboard for their sustained population in the wild,” he said.

    He warned people who engage in the illicit trade and sales of wildlife especially in the wet markets across Lagos state to desist as the Ministry will soon commence State-wide surveillance and enforcement to curb the menace.

    Bello appealed to the world to continue to establish new protected areas and improve their management and also take action that implements the convention of biological diversity.

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR


    As part of its effort towards the provision of adequate quality water supply to its citizenry, Lagos State Government has commenced baseline data collation and status verification on Water supply across the State.

    Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Mr. Tunji Bello speaking over the weekend at a one-Day Training Session for Field Officers on the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) survey in Ikeja said the government needs adequate data to support policy formation on water resources.

    He noted that it is certain that the water supply is inadequate in the State and it is only through baseline studies and data gathering that effective policies could be made.

    Tunji Bello represented by the Director Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite said 100 enumerators will be trained for the exercise to cover the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in the State.

    Appealing to the people of Lagos to support and accept the enumerators for a successful exercise, Bello said the survey aims to ensure that safe and clean water is accessible to all eventually.

    “It’s a 10days baseline survey of water supply and sanitation facilities in private and public facilities which will cover hotels, schools, tertiary institutions, farm settlements, hospitals, gardens, and more except private houses.

    According to him, “the survey is to determine the status of water and sanitation facilities in all the institutions, which will eventually form the cornerstone that will finally inform investment in the sector as soon as possible.

    In her remarks, the Director, Water Resources, Engr. (Mrs.) Omolanke Taiwo noted that the importance of quality water cannot be over-emphasized in human existence, saying that Water is life and should be available and accessible to every resident.

    She recalled that the Federal Government launched a campaign to put an end to open defecation by 2025, adding that a baseline survey would give proper status and functionality to the water scheme and the report would give an edge to the government to plan.

    He urged everyone to take the survey as part of their lives and give total support to the enumerators adding that if there is no safe water there can not be good sanitation.


    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs) MOE &WR

    May 13, 2022


    PIX 6792: L-R : H.E Acting Consul General of United States Consulate in Nigeria, Mr. Brandon Hudspeth, General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, Honourable Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources,Tunji Bello and Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Omobolaji Gaji presenting Souvenirs to the H.E Acting Consul General of United States in Nigeria, during the Air Quality high-level meeting between U.S. Mission, Nigeria and Lagos State Government held on the 10th of May 2022, at the Lagos State Ministry of The Environment Conference Hall, Secretariat Alausa,Ikeja

    The Lagos State Government and the United States of America Consulate in Nigeria on Tuesday committed to greater collaboration toward air quality monitoring and measuring to reduce pollution and combat the effect of climate change.

    The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, and the Acting Consular General of the American Consulate, Brandon Hudspeth expressed the commitment at a high-level meeting between the State officials and the Consulate at Alausa, Ikeja.

    Speaking at the event, Tunji Bello said Lagos was in dire need of larger collaboration especially in human capacity building to combat the climate change menace across the state.

    He said the State Government in its quest to tackle climate change in 2008 commenced a Climate Change Conference which took place till date till 2015 when it had a break before recommencing in 2021.

    He explained that part of the resolutions of past conferences was the creation of Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency for continuous tree planting across Lagos in order to mitigate the effects of climate change adding that the Bus Rapid Transportation (BRT) scheme was introduced to reduce emission on transport because the BRT mode of transportation can convey more people at a time.

    He stated that with the population at about 24 million in Lagos, it is obvious that human activities have warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land adding that the Government is trying to put various measures in place so that human activities must be carried out with climate change in mind.

    PIX: 6800: Political/ Economic Analyst, U.S Consulate General Lagos State, Olivette Smith, General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, (LASEPA) Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, H.E, Acting Consul General of the United States Consulate in Nigeria, Mr. Brandon Hudspeth, Representative of the Governor and Honourable Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Omobolaji Gaji and Political Officer U.S, Consulate General Nigeria, Janine Lewis during the Air Quality High-level meeting between U.S. Consulate and Lagos State Government held on the 10th of May 2022, at the Lagos State Ministry of The Environment Conference Hall, Secretariat Alausa, Ikeja.

    The Acting U. S. Consul General, Mr. Brandon Hudspeth, said the Consulate was elated with the various activities developed by the Lagos State Government to combat Climate change adding that they are ready to partner and give technical expertise to further raise awareness about air pollution.

    He added that the U. S Consulate in Nigeria has ensured all its building in Nigeria has been operating on zero carbon emission saying that this was part of their contribution to combat air pollution.

    In her presentation, the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency(LASEPA) Dr. Dolapo Fasawe Stated that Lagos State’s expectation for the partnership was to create adequate awareness about Air quality, Dangers of Air Pollution, and ways to mitigate the effect of Air pollution against Climate change.

    She added that scientists have long proven that air pollution exposure could lead series of negative health impacts, saying that higher ozone brought about steeper increases in depressive symptoms across adolescent development, a pattern that was not observed for other forms of psychopathology symptoms.

    She further explained that Air is supposed to be transparent, odorless, and colourless adding that once it is smoking, the air has become polluted and dangerous to human health.

    She informed that Lagos State Government has installed six Air Quality Monitoring Station in strategic locations across the State adding that henceforth the State Government would commence the enforcement of arrest of vehicles and machinery contributing to carbon emission.

    In his presentation, the Head of Climate Change and Environmental Planning Department in the Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Micheal Bankole highlighted that as of 2015 the total emission in Lagos State was estimated to be 26 million Gigatonnes of carbon-infused in the atmosphere saying stationery energy contributed 55%, Transportation 20%, while Waste Contributes 25%.

    He mentioned that the rise in the carbon emissions could be attributed to Rapid Population Growth, and increased Green House Gas(GHG) among other contributors adding that these have caused a reduction in Air quality, infrastructural stress, flooding various health challenges.

    He said Lagos State has been working on various strategies that when fully implemented will set Lagos on a pathway towards Cabon neutrality by 2050.


    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs) MOE &WR
    May 10, 2022


    As Env. Min convenes stakeholders meeting to proffer solutions

    The Lagos State Government over the weekend informed that a permanent solution to the issue of flooding in Idumagbo, Oroyinyin, Ojo Giwa, and environs in Lagos Island would be put in place before the end of the year, stressing that what presently obtains at the Ilubirin end is a temporary measure.

    Addressing stakeholders that included the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Wasiu Eshinlokun Sanni at a meeting held at the Lagos Island Local Government Area, Lagos, on the issue of continuous floods experienced in the area, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello said the State government will provide a massive pumping station equipped with high capacity tanks.

    L-R: PIX : 6617,664,6647,6651 Managing Director/CEO, Lagos State Waste Management Authority, Hon. Ibrahim Odunboni, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun and Director of Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mamood Adegbite Adegbite during a Stakeholders meeting on flooding abatement in Idumagbo and its environs over the weekend.

    He stressed that when fully functional, the pumping station will be fitted with 3 bigger pumps of 3000m cube per minute M3 capacity each with a 400KVA generator to power it and which have the capacity of pumping all the water that might have accumulated within an hour.

    He assured residents that what has been provided at the Ilubirin end, for now, is a temporary measure which takes a minimum of two days to pump water after every heavy rainfall, adding that a basin of about 6 meters depth is part of the features of the new pump station that is coming on stream.

    Bello told the audience that including leaders of Community Development Committees CDCs and Community Development Associations CDAS, market men and women that the major problem responsible for flooding is the depressing nature of the area which has made it difficult for water to naturally drain into the canals.

    He explained that the natural embarkment constructed at Ilubirin should not be seen as the cause of flooding but as an engineering solution that had prevented the lagoon from flowing back into the communities.

    He stressed that what was being experienced in Idumagbo and its environs is the effects of climate change as Lagos is one of the cities projected as one of the sinking cities in the world.

    He advised residents of Lagos Island to desist from dumping refuse into drains and canals, urging them to take ownership of the environment by moving against property developers who litter drains with building materials, preventing flowing drains.

    Speaking on the complaints of unavailability of pipe-borne water in Lagos island, he said the problem is receiving due attention through a complete overhaul of the pipe network and machinery of the Adiyan and Iju waterworks project.

    He said the necessary approvals have been given by Mr. Governor for the projects which also include the Onikan water scheme which would restore water supply to the Island and Mainland when completed.

    He added that all the pipe networks supplying all the residents which are already rusted and dilapidated will also be replaced to allow pipe-borne water to reach all homes very soon.

    The Commissioner directed LAWMA to collaborate with Lagos Island Local Government on the possibility of allowing the PSP operators to discharge refuse generated by tenements at the TLS located at Ebute Elefun before being trans-loaded to the Ojota dumpsite.

    In his address, the Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly representing Lagos Island 1, Hon Wasiu Eshinlokun Sanni, appealed to residents to cooperate with the State Government as it is set to proffer a permanent solution to flooding in the area.

    He pledged to use his good office to ensure that adequate funds are allocated by the State House of Assembly for the successful provision of the permanent solution.

    He noted that Mr. Governor has already awarded the contracts for the construction of many roads in the area, giving a commitment that the Sanwo-Olu administration is committed to providing the dividends of democracy to residents.

    The Chairman, Lagos Island East Local Government Area, Hon. Muibi Alabi Folawiyo in his remarks said Lagos Island needs serious regeneration and construction of drainages in order to permanently curb the menace of flooding in the area.

    He also called for commitment and a greater sense of duty from PSP operators in Lagos Island, claiming that their level of service needs an improvement.

    Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde, who was represented by the Director of Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite advised the residents to form a committee of residents and groups to liaise and meet with the officials of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources once a month and feed the community back.

    He added that with the setting up of the committee, the government would have first-hand information to respond adequately when developers build on drainage alignments and houses channel their soak-away into drainages.

    Also in his remarks, the Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni said LAWMA is ready to provide a dumping site for PSP operators from the Island to deliver only wastes generated by residents and not commercial entities at the Transfer Loading Station at Ebute Elefun before being trans loaded to Ojota Dumpsite.

    He said PSP operators are working tirelessly in Lagos Island, stressing that 150 tonnes of waste are generated in the area daily, which amounts to 15 trucks.


    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR


    The Lagos State Government on Tuesday allayed fears of Idumagbo and environs on the incessant flood occasioned by the low lying nature of the area and the rising sea level, assuring that necessary measures including the pumping of water from the depressed areas are ongoing and will effectively manage the flooding.

    Addressing protesters who converged at Illubirin in Lagos Island, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello explained that the whole affected area is depressed as such water cannot flow into the drains naturally.

    He stated that a permanent solution which will involve the provision of 3 bigger pumps of 3000m cube per minute M3 is already underway as well as a reconstruction of the drainage outlet.

    “Each one of those pumps will need a generator with a capacity of 400KVA and will be provided to power each of the pumps”, he added.

    Responding to the request for demolition of the natural embankment used to prevent the ingress of water from the lagoon, the Commissioner who was represented by the director of Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, ENGR Mahmoud Adegbite extended an invitation to representatives of the protesters to the Office at Alausa on Wednesday for further explanations on the need for the embankment.

    He added that the embarkment was necessary to prevent water from coming in from the lagoon.

    Bello stated that Climate change was part of what is being experienced and it is happening all over the world, adding that some cities have not recovered from its effects.

    According to him, Lagos is part of the sinking cities, but the government will never fold their arms and let the untoward happen, adding that Lagos Island is a low-lying area which explains the convergence of water.

    He added that as a follow-up to the meeting with representatives of the protesters on Wednesday, officials of the ministry will also visit Ilubirin on Saturday with residents to have a first-hand experience of the level of the water.

    Earlier, the spokesperson for the protesters, Mr. Mukadass Maja, while speaking, said their demand for a lasting solution is to pull down the embankment that prevents the ingress of water from the lagoon, to allow free flow of water.

    He said many of the streets, shops, mosques, churches, police stations, and schools in the areas are seriously flooded and is affecting the economy of the areas.

    Some of the affected areas include Ojo Giwa, Jankara, Idu Garan, Okoya amongst others and some affected schools include King Ado High School and St. Patrick Primary school.

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director Public Affairs
    MOE &WR
    April 26, 2022


    The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday called on stakeholders, environmentalists, and young persons to join in the effort to make the environment and the world green, habitable, and safe.
    The Governor who spoke through the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Mr. Tunji Bello at the “Launch of the trees from Art in Lagos State” held at Nike Art Gallery, Lekki Lagos said the Government cannot achieve these all alone.
    He said it is necessary for everyone to brainstorm on the ways the effects of climate change can be mitigated and ensure the environment is clean, green, and free of harmful toxins.
    According to him, in the words of Bill Gates, “climate change is a terrible problem and absolutely needs to be solved” adding that “While we cannot and should not continue to fold our hands and watch our societies deteriorate as a result of climate change, we should take time to acknowledge those taking deliberate actions to sensitize us and proffer solutions to this challenge”.

    He said the Government has been giving attention to initiatives, programmes and policies that will protect the environment and also reduce the impact of climate change in the State, Country and the world at large.

    He added that globally, climate change is leading to more unprecedented weather patterns, an instance of which can be seen in the now somewhat repetitive Sahara Dessert Snowfall.

    Sanwo- Olu said everyone cannot continue to ignore or deny the harsh realities climate change is having on the environment, weather, agricultural sector, and all other spheres of life because the effects are obvious and visible to all.

    He stated that each year, the government keep seeing different testaments that prove it needs to do more to address climate change added that since 2008, the State have observed July 24 as Tree Planting day in Lagos.

    He explained that through this initiative, millions of trees have been planted and increasing number of the people are being enlightened on the need to embrace the culture of tree planting for a sustainable and healthy environment.

    He stressed that the Government have also been actively ensuring that all drainage channels are cleared to ensure free flow of water to reduce flooding and its devastating effects.

    ” I am particularly thrilled with this “Trees from Art in Lagos State” Initiative because it is in sync with the Naija Climate Now pian to support Climate Change Adaptation, Green Entrepreneurship, and Environmental Education in Nigeria” he said.

    He said this initiative will also begin with Climate Education and Planting of 100,000 trees in secondary schools.

    The Governor expressed appreciation to Solution17 for Climate Action and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria for partnering with Lagos State to launch this initiative and also acknowledge the efforts of the founder of Nike Art Gallery, Nike Davies-Okundaye and other personalities in the art and green energy space.

    He said this will be a perfect opportunity to get the young adults take action and responsibility for the environment while helping to restore green life quality in school communities and reduce the effects of climate change in the society.
    He added that the initiative is aimed at mobilizing young people as it will nurture them to care better for the environment, while preparing them as green. innovators, creators and technologists for climate change.


    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR
    April 7, 2022


    …As State holds 2022 Annual Seasonal Rainfall Pattern Prediction briefing

    The Lagos State Government on Thursday stated that the State will experience about 250 to 300 days of rainfall across the 20 Local Governments in the Year 2022.

    It also disclosed that the annual rainfall amount for the State will be 2700mm just as the State will experience onset, cessation, and rainfall amount similar to the prediction for 2021.

    The implication is that Lagos will experience a rain pattern of high intensity and frequency similar to what was experienced in 2021.

    Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Mr. Tunji Bello made these known while addressing the media at a press briefing for 2022 Seasonal Climate Predictions (SCP) and Social Implications for Lagos State held at Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Conference Room, Alausa.

    He added that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), at the beginning of every year, usually forecasts the expected rainfall and temperature patterns spanning the entire country while the results were published as the Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP).

    He explained that the Ministry is consolidating on its collaboration with NiMet in the area of annual SCP which has been very valuable as a vital weather and early warning tool for farmers, planners, decision-makers, operators of various sectors, and businesses that are likely to be affected by the annual rainfall patterns as demonstrated by this media briefing.

    Bello said the SCP for Lagos State generally signifies that the onset dates range between 17th March in the earliest and 6th April 2022 at the latest, while the cessation dates range between 30th November and 5th December 2022.

    He revealed Ikeja is expected to have a rainfall onset date of 17th March while cessation date is 3rd December with a total amount of 1392mm adding that Lagos Island is expected to have a rainfall onset date as 6th April, cessation date as 30th November and a total rainfall amount of 1627mm as specifically highlighted by NiMet.

    According to him, the peculiarity of Lagos State, as a coastal state and its strategic position as the economic hub of the nation, has necessitated the need to disseminate crucial information on the 2022 Climate Prediction in order to prepare our people ahead of the likely consequences of the rains and other relevant weather parameters.

    He said it is also expected that the recent increased frequency of extreme weather events will continue in 2022 with days of extremely high rainfall amounts which may result in flooding.

    “Our pro-active administration in the State, in response to the above phenomena, has strengthened the Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS) to deliver reliable, timely and effective flood information at an appropriate response time” he said.

    Bello emphasized that the construction of Lagos State network of weather stations has commenced and will soon reach the completion stage saying these stations would assist in monitoring the weather in the State as well as increase the preparedness for weather-related issues.

    He assured the people that the Government would continue to reap the gains of rigorous planning as the flood control measures are being stepped up to contain any imminent heavy rainfalls adding that the rainfall from neighboring Ogun and Osun States, dams release,d and rivers flowing into the State would also be monitored.

    He stressed that towards ensuring a flood-free and hygienic environment in the State, the Ministry always embarks on all-year-round drainage maintenance for effective flood control as well as a sustainable solid waste management system.

    Bello emphasized that the Government is determined to maintain the long-established synergy with the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Authority (OORBDA) which has ensured control and monitoring of the systemic release of water from Oyan Dam to prevent flooding of the downstream reaches of Ogun River.

    He stated that the low-lying areas such as Agiliti, Agboyi, Itowolo and Ajegunle communities in Lagos State will be closely monitored with respect to the likelihood of Ogun River flooding, adding that the afore mentioned areas may be highly vulnerable to heavy flooding this year.

    He reiterated that the Government would not relent in it efforts to continually sensitize communities in coastal and low-lying areas of the State, to relocate upland to avert needless loss of lives and property, when the need arises.

    He appealed to the media to be cautious in the manner they report issues of flooding and to help educate the public that when it rains heavily, it is natural to have flash floods which would drain off quickly, as the case in different parts of the world.

    He said the present administration recently approved a plastic waste policy which is one of the pro-active measures to reduce the prevalence of plastic waste and also create a circular economy for plastic waste adding that indiscriminate dumping of plastic wastes into the drains lead to flooding.

    The Commissioner said the State resident Drainage Engineers were available in all the 57 Local Governments Areas and Local Council Development Areas to attend to all drainage related matters during and after the rainy season stressing that the State had also strengthened the synergy with authorities at the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas for monitoring of tertiary drains to ensure free-flowing drains into the secondary and primary collectors.

    “Finally, I wish to appeal once again to our people to support our efforts by complementing the State Government through the regular clearing of drains in their frontages and residences to ensure free-flow of stormwater as well as to desist from dumping of refuse into drainage channels,” he said.

    In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe emphasized that owing to the pressure of insecurity in some other states, Lagos has become the most secured state in the country and this has increased the influx of people into the state saying this has put a lot of pressure of infrastructure in the state.

    He said the government is determined to rid the state of all forms of environmental infractions across the State, adding that homeowners in low lying areas like Iwaya, Makoko, Ijora Badiya, Agboyi Ketu, Itowolo, Isheri amongst others should be mindful as their homes are located along natural water path.

    He said the proper care for Environment can be achieved through sensitization, attitudinal change and development of individuals capable of taking action on environmental issues towards achieving a sustainable environment.

    The Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde said it has been scientifically predicted that there will be a rise in ocean level which will further lead to a rise in Lagoon level bringing a back-flow to the low-lying areas in the Lagos state.

    He urged the media to assist the government in the advocacy against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the state saying that achieving this feat could on be through an attitudinal change of the people and not only enforcement.

    Also in his remarks, the Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni stated that the implementation of the Plastic Waste policy has gotten to the stage where it involves the manufacturers and consumers’ adding that massive advocacy was ongoing in the markets on waste sorting.

    He explained that the pilot scheme of waste sorting from the source begins on the 1st of April in Magodo Phase 1 being an organized setting adding that when success is recorded, it will be extended to other organized Estates and Markets in the State.

    He urged everyone to continue to do their bit in maintaining the environment, stressing that government will not relent in performing its responsibilities of maintaining flood free and clean environment.

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR
    March 31st, 2022



    ………Joins Global Celebration of 2022 World Water Day


    The Lagos State Government on Tuesday stated that it is committed to harmonising its Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) policies to ensure coherence at all levels.

    This was made known by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Engr. Nurudeen Shodeinde at a seminar organized in commemoration of the 2022 World Water Day celebration in Lagos State, saying that a review of the WASH policy is currently going on in Lagos State.

    He said the theme for this year’s celebration ‘Groundwater: Making the invisible visible’ is apt as it aims to highlight the collective behavior of forgetting the importance of groundwater like many other elements of our planet that are not in plain sight but essential to human sustenance.

    He added that this year’s campaign will explain the vital role of groundwater in Water and Sanitation system, Agriculture, Industry, Ecosystem and Climate Change adaptation.

    “The message of this campaign is that protecting and sustainably exploiting groundwater will be central to surviving and adapting in a changing world and its environment as well as meeting the needs of a rapidly growing population”, he added.

    He said that the diverse perspectives we hear today shows the multidimensional value of groundwater across sectors especially in a State like ours with its unique blend of aquatic and human interaction.

    “It is in this view that the present administration led by Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu redesignated the erstwhile Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, in recognition of the need for a firm institutional arrangement in the water sector. Our regulation of this sector is based on inclusiveness, building technical expertise and technology to create a robust structure capable of exploiting opportunities locally and internationally as well as tackling challenges in the sector” he said.

    Shodeinde who was represented by the Director Drainage Enforcement and Compliance Engr Manmood Adebite stressed that protecting and sustainably exploiting groundwater will be central to surviving and adapting in a changing world and its environment as well as meeting the needs of a rapidly growing population.

    He explained that the regulation of the sector is based on inclusiveness, building technical expertise and technology to create a robust structure capable of exploiting opportunities locally and internationally as well as tackling challenges in the sector.

    He said modern technologies are adopted to optimize water usage and the Government is building synergy with WaterAid Nigeria, the professionals and the academia as evident in this year celebration.

    “Our doors still remains open for partnership with corporate organizations, development partners and professional bodies in achieving the goal of water for all (SDG 6)” he said

    The Permanent Secretary said the State Government called for collaboration from the private sector, the drive of the civil society organization and the solidarity of the International Community in tackling the many challenges in the water sector.

    Earlier in her welcome address, the Director, Water Resources Department, Engr. Omolanke Taiwo said although groundwater is out of sight but its value to human survival cannot be over emphasized.

    She said the Water Sector in Lagos State needs the academia, more than ever before most especially in the review of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Policy that is on-going.

    She added that the Ministry in terms of research on groundwater management is collaborating with Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geology Departments of University of Lagos (Unilag) and also welcome all studies and research in terms of data gathering that can assist the State in policy making.

    The representative of WaterAid Nigeria in a goodwill message, Mrs. Nambam Michaels explained that as human activities such as industrialization, waste management, population growth and climate variability intensifies, the threat to quality and quantity groundwater available for sustainable development also increases.

    She stressed that there is need for concerted efforts for effective management of the groundwater because making the invisible visible in an increasingly competitive environment requires processes, technologies for extraction and distribution of water which if not monitored could jeopardize people’s health and means of livelihood

    The President , Nigerian Water Sanitation Association, Engr. Peter Onyeri said water is everywhere and still scarce in certain areas adding
    that lot of people have no respect for water because the water they waste is higher than the one in use.

    He said Sanitation and Water Management solely rest on engineering but all professionals need to come together to achieve the goal in the water sector because it involves putting in use various technologies


    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR
    March 22, 2022

    L-R: Guest Lecturer, Prof. Abiodun Odukoya, Representative Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Service and director, Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite, Director, Water Resources Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lanke Taiwo, and Representative WaterAid Nigeria, Mrs. Nambam Michaels, during the year 2022 World Water Day celebrations, held on the 22nd of March, 2022, held at Rauf Aregbesola Engineering Center, Pen Cinema, Agege,Lagos.




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    The Secretariat, Ikeja








    Lagos State Government on Sunday urged advertisers and marketers to join the campaign on diversification from a mono-economic culture to embrace the opportunities available in the abundance of agriculture potentials in the country.


    This was made known by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the 10th ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence West Africa held at the Shell Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.


    The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for the Environment and water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello noted that agriculture and Natural resources served as economic mainstay before the discovery of crude oil in commercial quantities that changed the narrative of the national economic vision and focus.


    He added that It is also the duty of the advertisers and marketers to promote the image of Nigeria with the potentials available in the diversity in order to encourage foreign and direct investments which will impact positively on the growth of the economy.


    He noted that the essence of nation building is to maintain a strategic advantage in the comity of nations with a view of promoting economic growth.



    He said since the inception of ADVAN Awards a decade ago, it has provided a credible platform to promote professionalism, brand awareness, loyalty and consumer retention in a competitive market.


    He added that the efforts of ADVAN, as the major trade association representing the interests of advertisers and marketers in Nigeria, has not gone unnoticed at the global stage.


    He said the nomination of ADVAN to the Executive Council of the World Federation of Advertisers is commendable stressing that it equally connotes that the association needs to upscale their activities and ensure that quality control becomes a byword in the industry.


    He stated that there are positive and negative perceptions about any country and its people which is formed by the experience of the observer or respondent. .


    Sanwo-Olu said everyone must work together to project a positive global perception of the country in place of the negative narrative that is being promoted with ignominy.


    He stressed that every citizen represents brand ambassadors of Nigeria, therefore whatever they say or project into public consciousness carries a lot of weight, especially in the international fora and the unregulated social media.


    “Let us leverage on the gains recorded by our dynamic entertainment sector which has firmly placed its foot on the global stage, especially with the global focus on Nigeria when one of our own Burna Boy was nominated and eventually won the Grammy Award as a musical artiste” he said.


    According to him, I celebrate all the nominees for the privilege availed them in a pool of incredibly talented personnel and organisations in an era that is rapidly being transformed by artificial intelligence and technology.


    He said the nomination of the awardees is reflective of their contributions to the growth of the advertising and marketing sector for the growth of their economy.



    He added that the award nominations should motivate everyone to raise the bar of performance in the industry among their peers and younger professionals in the industry.



    He added that he sees branding from the context of a national entity where the sum total of creativity, design and narratives identifies or differentiates one country from the other.







    Kunle Adeshina

    Director (Public Affairs)

    MOE &WR

    November 22, 2021


    BLOCK 16
    The Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria



    …….Constructs 345 toilets, registered 615 private toilet operators

    The Lagos State Government on Friday called on residents to promote healthy sanitation practices as the State continues to implement initiatives on improvements and increase the stock of available toilets.

    Addressing participants at the 2021 World Toilet Day celebration in Alausa, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, maintained that Lagos State is setting the pace for others to emulate, saying that State has constructed 345 public toilets in strategic locations across the State, while 615 private owned toilets operators have also been registered saying these were the result of a resilient strategy developed as a documented commitment to improve the quality of life of Lagos residents.

    “The initiative mentioned above provides for design and construction of pubic toilets in vulnerable communities of each Local Government and Local Council Development Areas whilst also creating an enabling environment for private sector participation under a fee-paying management system” he emphasized.

    The Commissioner represented by the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe added that the celebration brings to the front burner, issues to draw attention and seek for inclusive response in tackling sanitation challenges and the menace of open defecation in the country.

    Highlighting the theme for this year: “Valuing Toilet” the Commissioner said all stakeholders must priotize sanitation and hygiene as these act represents the cheapest and easiest method of combating the spread of diseases and control other environmental crises.

    ” It is important to note that Nigeria presently occupies the topmost level in the ladder of open defecation and that each State of the country is expected to domesticate the Federal Government declaration toward achieving Open Defecation Free Status by 2025″ he said.

    Earlier at the event, Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Belinda Odeneye said that the State Government has taken the lead role in public awareness and education campaigns on Hand washing, Sanitation and Hygienic standards as well as tackling the menace of open defecation.

    She added that the State in collaboration with her partners has empowered a broad range of stakeholders and promote environmental friendly approach to addressing the open defecation challenge.

    The Permanent Secretary represented by Director, Ecology and Conservation, Mr. Sheriff Savage noted that the State officially flagged off the CLEAN NIGERIA: USE THE TOILET CAMPAIGN and inaugurated an ANTI OPEN DEFECATION SQUAD last year.

    She explained that this is to instill in the Citizens behavioural change towards the use of toilets and maintaining safe sanitation, saying that the campaign was launched with an action plan to domesticate the campaign in each of the 20 LG and 37 LCDAs.

    Odeneye however assured that as a responsive Government with a plan for Innovation, Inclusiveness and Efficiency, the State will not relax on its plans and strategies to promote sanitation and hygiene.

    Senior Brand Manager, Hygiene West Africa, Chioma Sylva-Ifedigbo said the theme for 2021 aimed at drawing attention to the fact that toilets, and the sanitation system that support them are underfunded, poorly managed or neglected in many parts of the world.

    Commending the leadership of the State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources for its leadership in its effort to end open defecation within the State, adding that through the Harpic Brand, Nigerians have access to hygienic toilets and the firm has been effectively communicating and educating people on the importance of toilet hygiene and sanitation, to drive behavioural change.


    kunle Adeshina

    Director Public Affairs

    Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources


    20th November, 2021