• KAI REFUTES CLAIMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT BY FEMALE STREET TRADER IN VIRAL FACEBOOK VIDEO AT OYINGBO MARKET

    The Kick Against Indiscipline KAI has refuted the contents of a viral video on Facebook where a female street trader at OYINGBO market accused the officers of sexual harassment while dislodging street traders, saying the clearance operation was duly authorized to dislodge traders who have completely taken over the walkway opposite the market after repeated warnings.

    In a statement by the KAI Corps Marshal, Mrs Gbemi Akinpelu (CP rtd), the agency said the female trader was only trying to whip up sentiments to deter the agency from carrying its duties.

    She added that investigation revealed that the said woman has constituted a nuisance on the main road with open display of her wares and also extended it to the walkway.

    Mrs AKINPELU revealed that in-house investigation revealed that it is the stock in trade of the particular woman to cry wolf when there was none, as similar allegations of KAI operatives pestering her for love has led to redeploying of 3
    Different sectional heads until investigations revealed her motive.

    We wish to state in clear terms that the reclacitrant street trader and several others flouted the Lagos Environmental Management Protection Law by erecting a wooden kiosk with intent to display raw foodstuffs for sale on the walkway at Oyingbo, thereby impeding vehicular and human movement in the area.

    As the premier environmental enforcement Agency set up by the Lagos State Government under the Ministry of Environment to rid the State of environmental nuisances and responding to complaints from motorists and pedestrians, we swung into action to enforce the State’s law by dislodging the street traders.

    It is imperative to note that the incident/operation which took place on Monday 17th, April, 2023 was a fall out of the stakeholders meeting held on Saturday 15th April ,2023 which had in attendance stakeholders which included the Vice chairman of Lagos Mainland local Government, Hon Jibril Emilagba, Iyaloja of Oyingbo market and other stakeholders in which a resolution was reached for all make-shift shops selling on the median,drainages and set backs be evacuated on Monday 17th April, 2023.

    The said woman who remains unidentified harassed our corps officers on lawful duty as she filmed to attract sympathy and incite mob action. Our officers who are trained in line with global best practices reported back to the headquarters for further instructions.

    The authorities of Lagos Mainland Local Government and the Iyaloja of OYINGBO are on the same page with KAI on this issue and has promised not to allow any street traders return to the cleared points both in front of the OYINGBO market and along the road to enable free flow of traffic

    Ajayi Lukman
    Head, Public Affairs
    LAGESC

  • LAGOS GREEN AWARD – CALL FOR NOMINATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The closing date for entries is May 20, 2023.

  • LAGOS TO EXPERIENCE AN ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL OF 1936.2mm IN 2023

    Briefs media on Seasonal Rainfall Pattern
    Says the Rainy season Start in 1st April and ceases by the 1st week of December.

    The Lagos State Government on Thursday alerted residents that this year, the state is expected to experience an above-normal annual rainfall amount predicted at 1936.2mm which will start in the first week of April and cease in December.

    According to the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello who spoke at the 2023 Press Briefing on Seasonal Climate Predictions and it’s Socio-Economic implications for Lagos held at Alausa, the 1936.2mm amount of rainfall predicted for 2023 was greater than the long-term average of 1721.48mm experienced in the state in the last 10 years.

    He added that according to the Prediction released by the Nigerian Metrological Services, the State is predicted to experience an average to slightly above average rainfall amount and an elongated season length.

    L-R: Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Omobolaji Gaji, Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr.Joe Igbokwe, Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello and Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr Lekan Shodeinde, during the year 2023 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) and it’s Socio-Economic implications for Lagos State, held at the Ministry’s Conference room, Secretariat, Alausa Ikeja,on 30th of March, 2023.

     

    He stated that specifically, Ikeja is expected to have an annual amount of 1900mm while Badagry will experience 1978mm amount of rainfall.

    Ikorodu, Lagos Island, and Epe are expected to have rainfall with annual amounts of 1903mm, 1936mm and 1952mm respectively with onset dates of 1st of April and cessation of 3rd of December 2023.

    “It is also expected that the recent increase in the frequency of extreme weather events will continue in 2023, with days of extremely high rainfall amounts that may result in flooding, largely because strong winds are expected during the onset and cessation of each rainfalls”.

    He listed contributory factors to flooding to include the rise in the Lagoon level as a result of high tidal movement, which may “lock up” the discharge points of drainage channels and until the Lagoon recedes, there will be no discharge, allowing the backflows and all the generated storm water to immediately discharge, and the roads becoming free.

    He explained that it is normal to have occasional flash floods when it rains, which would percolate rapidly just like it’s been experienced around the world, adding that it is only when rain storm water remains on the roads for hours that it can be reported as flooding.

    He said the Ministry not only collaborates with NiMet annually in the Prediction which serves as early warning tool for all those concerned but the Government had plans in place to downscale the National Seasonal Climate Prediction for stakeholders locally.

    He said the State had increased the preparedness for weather and flood-related issues by deploying its network of weather stations and river gauge stations to monitor the weather across the state and to monitor incoming rainfall stormwater from neighboring states such as Ogun, Oyo, and Osun that may result in increased water levels.

    He added that the Ministry continues to embark on all-year-round drainage maintenance for effective flood control as well as sustainable solid waste management system saying, this year would not be different.

    The Commissioner stressed that Government has continued to maintain the synergy and partnership with the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA) in order to effectively contain flooding in the state.


    He added that OORBDA ensures the steady and systemic release of water from Oyan Dam to prevent flooding of the downstream reaches of the Ogun River saying the relationship has been highly beneficial and would be sustained.

    He said Government had intensified its enlightenment efforts to sensitize residents in coastal and low-lying areas of the State such as Agiliti, Agboyi, Itowolo, and Ajegunle amongst others to relocate to the upland to avert loss of lives and property when the need arises.

    He advised residents to report cases of drainage blockages and illegal dumping of waste on unauthorized places to the Resident/Drainage Engineers and zero-tolerance offices that are available in all 57 Local Governments Areas and Local Council Development Areas during and after the rainy season.

    He said the Government is determined to collaborate with the authorities of the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in order to have their own version of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang for monitoring of tertiary drains to ensure free flow drains into the secondary and primary collectors.

    The Special Adviser to the Governor on Drainage and Water Resources Engr. Joe Igbokwe noted that Lagos would not relent in its efforts in environmental management even as people move into the state in large numbers.

    He said the government is determined to continually manage flooding across the state even as it is a coastal city adding that Lagosians should refrain from acts that can lead to flash flooding.

    In his remarks the Permanent Secretary, the Ministry Office of Drainage Services said the Ministry will be introducing Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) which will make use of nature, using man-made features such as soak-aways, ponds and gently sloping channels (Swales) to attenuate and treat urban runoff.

    He said the densely built and fully paved ground surface which is rampant in Lagos has distorted the normal hydrological cycle in the state and has given rise to increasing surface runoff ultimately resulting in flood incidences.

    He advised Lagosians to continue to support the efforts of the Government by regularly clearing the drains in their frontage, he urged motorists to refrain from driving through the flood as this can result in submerging of vehicles and loss of lives.

     

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR

    March 30, 2023

     

  • LAGOS SEEKS COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AS IT LAUNCHES MODEL COMMUNITY RECYCLABLE MANAGEMENT PROJECT IN LG

    In furtherance of the quest for a cleaner and healthier Lagos, the Lagos State Government on Wednesday sought the participation of the local communities as it Launched the model community recyclable management project.

    Speaking during the launching at the headquarters of the Ifako Ijaiye Local Government, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr Omobolaji Gaji said the recycling initiative is one of the fulfillment of the present Administration’s THEMES Agenda serving as Environmental Sanitation Advocacy and Economic Empowerment Program for the people of Lagos.

    He said the continuous increase in population with corresponding increase in generation of waste has necessitated the need for a paradigm shift in solid waste management in the State necessitating the establishment and promotion of effective recycling of all recyclables which has become inevitably the way to go.

    Gaji represented by the Director Sanitation Services, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth said that the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in collaboration with Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government and Community Development Council (CDC) is committed to promoting the Community Recyclables management project in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government adding that the project will ensure the removal of used pet bottles and plastics from Ifako Ijaiye and its environs.

    PIX 3352 L-R .HOD Environmental Health Office, Ifako-Ijaiye LCDA, Dr.Cyril Akiyele, Rep of Ifako Ijaiye LCDA Chairman and HOD Agric and Community Affairs, Mrs Mutiat Oyafunke, Rep of PS, Office of Environmental Services and Director Environmental Services,Dr Hassan Sanuth, Rep of Street Waste Company limited and recipient of Model Tricycle Plastic Waste collector in Ifako-Ijaiye LCDA , Ms Omoh Adekemi and Chairman CDC Ifako Ijaiye, Pastor Samuel Opajobi, during the presentation of tricycle plastic waste collector for Community recycle project in Ifako-Ijaiye LCDA, held on 22nd, March 2023, at Ifako-Ijaiye LCDA Secretariat.

    The Permanent Secretary said the project in Ifako community entails the placement of eight steel mesh receptacles at strategic locations where citizens of the community are encouraged to drop off used PET bottles and containers adding that the launching at Ifako is the second as the pilot scheme located within the Complex of the Ministry in Alausa was launched in the year 2020.

    PIX 3356 L-R .HOD Environmental Health Office, Ifako-Ijaiye LCDA, Dr.Cyril Akiyele, Rep of Ifako Ijaiye LCDA Chairman and HOD Agric and Community Affairs, Mrs Mutiat Oyafunke, Rep of PS Office of Environmental Services and Director Sanitation service, Dr Hassan Sanuth presenting a model tricycle to Ms Omo Adekemi

    He mentioned that the gospel of waste sorting from the source, was gradually gaining ground as individual pickers of recyclable items have increased while recycling firms are continually springing up and final off-takers are getting busier with every one harvesting their income, along the waste management value- chain.

    “it is important to note that the successful implementation of the project will result in a cleaner and healthier environment and the elimination of solid waste from drainages preventing clogging and flooding” He said.

    In his welcome Address, the Chairman Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Hon. Usman Hamzat commended the State Government for finding the Local Government worthy to be the first to benefit from the community recyclables management project.

    He pledged that the Local Government will ensure that advocacy is stepped up to ensuring a clean and healthy environment by introducing sustainable initiatives to meet the recycling and waste management needs of residents in the community.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR

    March 22nd 2023

  • LAGOS CONVENES STRATEGIC FORUM ON ADAPTATION OF SUSTAINABLE URBAN DRAINAGE SYSTEM (SUDS) FOR EFFECTIVE FLOOD MANAGEMENT.

    As part of the efforts to ensure flood management and sustainable drainage networking, agencies of Government in Lagos State over the weekend met to strategize on the adaptation of the Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) in the State.

    At a stakeholders forum held at the State Secretariat, Ikeja over the weekend, Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde said it’s necessary for the State to bring up a homogenised drainage master plan comparable to that of roads and transportation.

    PIX 0793:L-R: General Manager Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency (LASURA), Tpl. Ajibike Shomade, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr Omobolaji Gaji, Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, Representative of Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Bello Risikat and Permanent Secretary Office of Works, Arc. Odusanya Adebayo, during the stakeholders forum on sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS), held on 2nd of February, 2023 at the Folarin Coker Staff Clinic Conference room, the Secretariat Alausa, Ikeja.

    He said all master plans in every sector of the State must be developed simultaneously for a model City plan to be achieved, saying that there is a need for drainage infrastructure master plan to combat the problem of flooding in Lagos.

    He said what Lagos normally experiences is flash flooding caused by the torrential rainfalls which in volume is more than what the available drainage system can contain, adding that the flash flood usually subsides within hours.

    He urged Lagosians to create retention and storage amenities in their homes for storage of storm water to assist in containing flooding in the State.

    He said these storage facilities will serve as reservoir for harvesting storm water at the peak of the rainy season for later domestic use or slow discharge into the drains after rainfall.

    Shodeinde, explained that this retention facilities have become essential as Lagos in recent times had been experiencing persistent rainfalls adding that flooding all over the world was rated as the second biggest of all natural disasters.

    He stated that God being the master planner designed it that whenever it rained, 50% of rain water should be absorbed into the ground through deep and shallow percolation, 40% to stay on foliage being trees, grasses and other greens while only 5-10% of storm water is expected to flow into the drains.

    PIX 0794: L-R: Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr Omobolaji Gaji, Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, Representative of Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Bello Risikat and Permanent Secretary Office of Works, Arc. Odusanya Adebayo, during the stakeholders forum on sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS), held on 2nd of February, 2023 at the Folarin Coker Staff Clinic Conference room, the Secretariat Alausa, Ikeja.

    Shodeinde said due to modernization, a lot of residents have concretized the floor of their homes thereby throwing out 90% of rain storm water into the drains adding that residents should try to replicate this natural phenomenon as this distortion is the real cause of flooding in the state.

    He said the Ministry in synergy with other stakeholders and professional bodies in the building sector will guarantee there is a change in the construction methodology and approval process adding that this will ensure the creation of rain water storage facilities in each compound.

    Chairman, House Committee on The Environment, Hon. Rotimi Abiru who was also at meeting called for an improved synergy and stakeholders involvement for a proper model City master plan to be achieved.

    He said the state had a master plan which serves as a guide for development adding that for whatsoever reason there should not be a deviation from the master plan.

    In his contribution, Perm Sec, Office of Works, Arch Adebayo Odusanya said the time has come for all agencies in the built and environment sector to go beyond just inviting sister agencies to stakeholders summit to merely rubber stamp decisions, but must involved in the planning and execution stages for optimum results.

    Present at the stakeholders forum were technocrats in the built and environment sector.

    Signed

    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs)
    MOE &WR

    February 5th 2023

  • LAGOS RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON FLOOD MANAGEMENT, CALLS FOR DREDGING OF MAJOR RIVERS

    The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo -Olu on Thursday received the Presidential Technical Committee for the development of a comprehensive plan of action for preventing flood disasters in Nigeria, urging the FG to dredge major rivers in Nigeria.

    Receiving the committee on behalf of Mr. Governor, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello said the time has come for the Federal Government to ensure the dredging of major rivers nationwide.

    He called for more collaboration between Federal and State agencies towards ensuring that the incidences of major flooding incidences are reduced to the barest minimum.

    He added that dredging the major rivers will reduce the vulnerability of coastal states to flooding issues as experienced by many States last year.

    He said that Federal Government should take cognizance that river Niger, Benue, and Ogun among others over flow to states close to them once they rise.

    PS, Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mrs. Olayinka Patunola-Ajayi, S.A Drainage, and WR, Engr.Joe Igbokwe, Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, Head Presidential Tech Committee on Flood Prevention Dr. Godstime James, MD, Ogun-Osun River Basin, Otunba Olufemi Odumosu & PS Drainage, Engr Nurudeen Shodeinde during FG’s Tech Committee of Flood Prevention visit

    He said Lagos State Government has a proper Primary and Secondary Drainage masterplan in place to curtail the issue from time to time.

    He added that from the beginning of every year, the Government engages in serious public enlightenment/education across the state after receiving yearly rainfall predictions from the Nigeria Institute of Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Nigerian Hydrological Service.

    He said the state usually organizes media briefings before the rainy season, alerting the public about rainfall patterns and urging people living in low-lying and depressed areas to relocate to safer areas.

    He explained that Lagos State Government usually embarks on a comprehensive all-year-round cleaning and maintenance dredging of drainage channels, and canals as well as constructing new drainages.

    He noted that Lagos despite its peculiarities as a coastal state with low-lying terrains and a high population density among others was recorded flash flooding because of various measures put in place by the government.

    L to R:  PS Office of Environmental Services, Omobolaji Gaji, his counterpart in Waterfront Infrastructure Development Mrs. Olayinka Patunola-Ajayi, Sp. Adviser Drainage & Water Resources, Engr.Joe Igbokwe, Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, Head Presidential Technical Committee on Flood Prevention, Dr. Godstime James, Managing Director, Ogun Osun River Basin Authority, Otunba Olufemi Odumosu, and the PS, Office of Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, during the visit of the FG’s Tech Committee on Flood prevention to Lagos on 5th Jan 2023 @ Alausa.

    The leader of the Presidential Technical Committee, Dr. Godstime James explained that the Committee was established by the presidency following the flooding incidences that were recorded in the country in the year 2021.

    He said the Committee is to check each State’s policies on flooding, establish causes of flooding and come up with solutions and strategies to minimize the impact on the citizenry.

    James said the Committee was divided into the six geo-political zones of the country, adding that two States were selected per zone while adopting the bottom-to-top approach where each State of the federation will be listened to as well as the local communities in the flood-affected areas.

    In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde said Lagos had always executed plans to ensure that the State does not experience flooding based on the awareness that the State is always affected by coastal, river, and urban flooding.

    He noted that in the year 2022 Lagos mildly experienced flooding and this was achieved through the measures and policies put in place by the Ministry.

    He appealed for a better synergy between Lagos State and the Federal Government to ensure that flooding is controlled with little or no impact on the people of Lagos.

    SIGNED
    KUNLE ADESHINA
    Director(Public Affairs)
    MOE&WR

  • LASG FETES, REWARDS EFAG OPERATIVES, ASKS FOR IMPROVED OUTPUT ON DRAINAGE MAINTAINANCE

    …….. Says EFAG cleaned over 624 kilometers of drains across the State in 2022
    ……gives 13th-month salary, health insurance policy and rewards 26 personnel.

    The Lagos State Government over the weekend feted, and rewarded hardworking operatives of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG), urging them to be more committed in the discharge of their duties.

    Speaking at the end of the Year 2022/Award of Excellence event, held at Alausa, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello said that government would continue to provide the necessary logistics and moral support they require for better service delivery.

    He said the EFAG team which was created in 2004 has been doing a good job in cleaning up secondary drains and manholes in the 52 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas across the state all year round.

    While expressing kudos from the State Government for good performance in 2022, Bello said the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu also approved 100% 13th-month salary for the EFAG team this December.

    PIX: 6145,6149,6092:L-R: Hon.Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, Special Adviser to the Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde and his counterparts in Office of Environmental, Services Dr. Omobolaji Gaji, during the end of year party and Awards ceremony for men of the EFAG Gang, held over the weekend, at the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Quadrangle, Secretariat, Alausa Ikeja.

    He added that a free health insurance policy has been put in place considering the risk they are exposed to in the course of their duties.

    He noted that Lagos did not experience serious flooding this year compared to other states in the country which was a result of the various measures put in place by the Government and the continuous cleaning of the drains by EFAG.

    “I would like to reiterate that you are part of the Government’s structure and as you continue to work harder, more packages would always be put in place.
    “Always bear in mind that hard work brings better welfare packages. I want you to know that to whom much is given much is expected” he said.

    He stressed that the government of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is committed to ensuring a sustainable cleaner, healthier and safer environment for its people.

    Also speaking, the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe said the EFAG team members remain the pride of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.

    He said the Ministry will continue to give the necessary support needed, for them to keep up with the tempo at which they worked this year so that a flood-free Lagos will be achieved in 2023.

    “I want to assure all members of the EFAG team that government will continue to take good care of you while you take care of the job for sustainability,” he said.

    Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, while speaking at the event which also had his counterpart in Environmental Services in attendance, Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen said the EFAG team cleaned over 624 kilometers of Drainages in 2022.

    He added that the responsibility of EFAG is to clean drainages in all Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas all through the year for easy passage of rainstorm water.

    He said the team played a pivotal role in the State and this made them to be the heartbeat of the Environment Ministry, adding that Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo – Olu has therefore placed them on a good Accident Insurance Policy.

    He added that the Accident Insurance Policy covers all unforeseen hazards such as injuries, physical disability or death amongst others that may occur during the course of their duties.

    He disclosed that members of EFAG and three of their family members are registered under the Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS) and the operatives also receive hazard allowance.

    Commendation awards and cash gifts were thereafter distributed to outstanding officers of EFAG team and some of their coordinators.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director (Public Affairs )
    MOE&WR
    December 26, 2022

  • LASG CONSTRUCTS OVER 167 PUBLIC TOILETS, REGISTERS 635 OPERATORS TO CURB OPEN DEFECATION

    ….. Joins Global Community to Celebrate 2022 World Toilet Day

    The Lagos State Saturday, joined the global community in marking World Toilet Day, stating that it has constructed over167 Public Toilets in designated areas and registered over 635 Public Toilet Operators as part of efforts to prevent open defecation.

    Speaking at the 2022 celebrations held at the Lagos Island Local Government Secretariat, Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Tajudeen Gaji said that the State is determined to end open defecation and other Sanitation challenges.

    He reiterated that part of the measures was the construction of new toilets at various strategic locations such as motor parks, markets and densely populated areas across the State.

    He informed that the event held simultaneously at three locations in the state which were Lagos Island, Ikorodu and Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Areas.

    PIX 4209/4195…L-R: Assistant Director Environmental Services, Sanitarian Emmanuel Ajaneson, Representative of the Executive Chairman, Ifako Ijaiye Local Government and Leader of the House, Hon. Victor Onifade, Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services and Deputy Director, Environmental Services, Mr Babajide Adeoye, Oba Elect of Iju Ogundimu in Ifako Ijaiye, Prince Gbolahan Ogundimu and Deputy Director, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs Felicia Carrena, during the year 2022 World Toilet Day celebration held on the 19th of November 2022, at Ifako Ijaiye Local Government, Lagos State.

    The PS represented by the Deputy Director, Sanitation Services, Mrs. Janet Balogun noted that the theme “Sanitation and Groundwater’’ w
    making the invisible visible was a clarion call on all stakeholders to prioritize hygiene as it is the cheapest method to combat the spread of diseases and control all environmental crisis.

    He maintained that Groundwater is a vital resource that provides almost half of all drinking water worldwide saying that about 40% of water is for irrigated agriculture and about 1/3 of water required for industry.

    He said Nigeria presently occupy the topmost level in the ladder of open defecation adding that in order to combat the menace President Muhammadu Buhari declared a State of Emergency on Open Defecation in the country as contained in the Executive Order 009 titled: The Open Defecation – Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order.

    He added that the declaration is expected to be followed by actions from each State to domesticate the Order and plan towards its application and sustenance to achieve Open Defecation Free status by 2025.

    He said the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo – Olu took the lead role and set the pace for others to emulate by signing an Executive Order titled: Enforcement of Law and Order in Respect of Traffic and Sanitation Matters.

    He stressed that the essence of the Executive Order is to restore stability and accountability to all citizens to become active stakeholders in bringing necessary changes to transform Lagos to the desired state.

    He added that the State also developed a Resilience Strategy Document consisting of 3 Pillars, 10 Goals and 31 Initiatives in order to Improve Access to Clean Water and Sanitation a priority as stated in Goal 2, Initiative 1 of the document.

    “The World Toilet Organization (WTO), a non-profit organization established on 19th November, 2001 with focus on breaking the silence on the sanitation crises and membership across 53 countries started the World Toilet Day celebration every 19 November. It was thereafter adopted for global observance by United Nations since 2013” he said.

    He said the World Toilet Day commemoration is about raising awareness and taking actions to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: Water and Sanitation for all by 2030.

    He added that WTO organizes the World Toilet Summit (WTS) annually on the sideline of the World Toilet Day geared towards mobilizing key Sector Players, NGOs and high-level decision makers to bring the issue of open defecation to greater public focus.

    He explained that Nigeria was chosen as the host for this year 2022 World Toilet Summit (WTS) which commenced on 18th November and is being rounded up today the 19th November 2022 in Abuja.

    Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman Ĺagos Island Local Government represented by his Vice, Hon. Rosul Esinlokun said the State needs to continuously address the issue of toilets and beam the searchlight on Sanitation.

    He added that the toilet campaign is part of the State Government efforts to fast track the Sustainable Development Goal for water and Sanitation by 2030.

    He added that the State can not afford any fatality that could be caused by presentable water and sanitation related diseases.

    SIGNED
    KUNLE ADESHINA
    DIRECTOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR

     

  • LAGOS INTENSIFIES EFFORTS TO ERADICATE OPEN DEFECATION

    The Lagos State Government as part of efforts to eradicate open defecation and urination on Thursday engaged public toilet operator to continually promote healthy sanitation practices in public toilet management across the State.

    Speaking during the second edition of the training workshop for public Toilet operators held at Ikeja, Lagos, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr Omobolaji Gaji reiterated that the State Government is determined to eradicate the menace of open defecation in the state by 2025.

    He said the part of the objectives of the one day training is to build capacity for Toilet Operators as well as to ensure a cleaner, more hygienic and safer public toilet environment in the State.

    Gaji represented by the Director, Sanitation Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth said the state government has four cardinal points of operation which include Advocacy; Regularization and standardization; Bridging the gap and Monitoring, Evaluation & Enforcement, saying that the training workshop comes under Regularization and standardization.

    The Permanent Secretary said the training provides an opportunity for stakeholders to engage and communicate government’s desire and requirements to operators in the sector adding that the government in collaboration with other organisation remains determined to achieve zero tolerance regulation for open defecation and urination.

    Gaji said in order to become successful in rendering services, learning new things must be a way of life and mastery of the business brings Excellence adding that public toilet operators must engage in best practices in toilet management and must be properly trained by the approved body following government’s laid down rules.

    He recalled that government inaugurated an Anti- open defecation Squad some years back, according to the environmental laws of the state for non- complying members of the public and as such toilet operators must adhere to proper toilet management to avoid any form of sanctions from the government.

    He charged the toilet operators to always ensure proper handling of the toilets as this would help reduce government and individual expenditure on treatment of diseases and thereby make more money available for other economic uses.

    In his lecture titled “public toilet provision management, a panacea to healthy living” The facilitator, Sanitarian Dr. Cyril Babasope described public Toilet as a convenient facility that plays an essential role in both human health and the environmental health.

    He said the vision of the lagos state government to ensure adequate and conducive public toilet in the State was applaudable bearing in mind that 116 million out of the 250 million population of Nigeria does not have access to decent toilet.

    He enjoined public toilet operators to collaborate with the government in order to curb open defecation menace by establishing toilets in an accessible location, employ trained staff, use appropriate tools, as well as employ legal waste disposal process amongst others.

    SIGNED
    KUNLE ADESHINA
    DIRECTOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR

  • LAGOS ISSUES FRESH UPDATE FOR RESIDENTS OF IKOYI, LEKKI, V/I, OTHERS

    Lagos State Government on Monday issued a fresh Update to all waterfront residents of highbrow Ikoyi, Lekki, and Victoria Island and coastal areas of Epe and Badagry to be wary of backflow due to the high tide in the Lagos lagoon.

    In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, he explained that the latest advisory had become necessary due to the high tide of the Lagos Lagoon.

    Bello stressed that the high tide of the lagoon has made it difficult for storm run-off from the various channels to discharge effectively into the lagoon which may cause a stagnation into the streets and major roads until the level of the lagoon subsides to allow for a discharge of the channels

    He described the trending video of the water level under the Third Mainland Bridge almost being filled to the brim as FAKE NEWS, stating that the video only captures the Oworonshoki end of the 3rd Mainland Bridge which is normal because the area is a deck on pile.

    He cautioned people especially those on social media against sending panicky messages across to residents in order to create unnecessary anxiety amongst the people.

    The statement advised all the residents of the affected areas in Lagos Island and other coastal areas to monitor the incidental rains regularly, ensure situational awareness at all times, refrain from dumping refuse in the drains and clean their tertiary drains regularly

    He reiterated the earlier flood advisory issued by the State to the effect that all those on the banks of Ogun River especially residents of Ketu, Alapere, Agric, Owode Onirin, Ajegunle, Alagbole, Kara, Isheri Olowora, Araromi, Otun Orisha community, Agiliti, Maidan, Mile 12, Odo Ogun, Owode Elede, Agboyi1, Agboyi II, Agboyi II, and Agboyi III remain vigilant at these periods.

    He stressed that the State has embarked on and is continuing massive drainage clearance and the construction of new channels in addition to continuous deployment of the quick response Emergency Flood Abatement Gang to free up manholes and black spots to ensure the optimum capacity of the drains to contain run-offs.

    Signed
    Kunle Adeshina
    Director, Public Affairs
    MOE @ WR