LASG ,BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION TO PARTNER ON WASTE ENERGY/ RECYCLING

The Lagos State Government and British High Commission in Nigeria is set to partner on generation of energy from solid waste as well as recycling for an improved Economy.

Speaking during a business visit to the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources by Delegates from the British High Commission, Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab said Lagos is ready and open for business opportunities in the Environment Sector.

Head of Economic Development, Climate and Energy, British High Commission Abuja, Sally Woolhouse; Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Director Education Unit, Mrs. Monsurat Banire; Team Leader, Green Cities and Infrastructures Project, Oliver Bance and Representative of Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Director Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr; Mahmood Adegbite, during a Courtesy visit of delegates from the British High Commission the Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources on 7th December, 2023.

According to him, public Service is majorly about the people and what can be done to impact the lives of the people positively.

Wahab expressed elation at the amendments to the Electricity Bill which allows the State to have the concurrent power to generate electricity and distribute to the citizens.

He mentioned that in times past, exclusive empowerment of the Federal Government to solely determine generation, distribution and transmission of electricity had been a hindrance to many states initiative.

L-R; Senior Political Adviser, British High Commission, Mr. Wale Adebajo; Head of Economic Development, Climate and Energy, British High Commission Abuja, Sally Woolhouse; Team Leader, Green Cities and Infrastructures Project, Oliver Bance and Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab during a Courtesy visit of delegates from the British High Commission, Nigeria,
to Lagos State Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources on 7th December, 2023.

The Commissioner speaking on Climate financing, said the State was open to investment opportunities and partnership saying it is time for stakeholders to have pure work plans and be very realistic and deliberate about actions to combat the environmental scourge.

“We understand there are yardsticks for investment but the criteria used in European countries cannot be used in third World developing countries because the realities are quite different”, he said.

He said countries that depend on fossil fuels cannot be abruptly stopped without presenting and making available options adding that 80% of the average Nigerian income comes from Fossil fuels.

He explained that solid waste management is a major issue for the state, as the state generates 13,000 – 15,000 tones of waste daily stressing that the PSP waste collection system needs support in finding creative ways in management of the dumpsites.

He commended the will of the present administration to implement policies regarding Environmental issues particularly solid waste management as displayed in the recent signing of a Memmorandum Of Understanding (MOU) on environmental issues with private investors on ways is generate energy from dumpsite as well as waste is wealth.

He emphasized that Government would continue to step up its advocacy and sensitization against unwholesome waste disposal by the people.

“The change of heart from the people is very important as the continued dumping of refuse in the canals and drains will come back to haunt us all” he said.

He added that people should be more circumspect with the way they deal with nature saying whatever they give to the nature is what you will get back to them either positive or negative.

In the area of flood control, Wahab appealed to residents to effectively pursue approvals for their building from Ministry of Physical Planning and Ministry of the Environment for Drainage approvals and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) before embarking on building projects to avoid demolition of such buildings in future.

In her response, the Head of Economic Development, Climate and Energy, British High Commission Abuja, Sally Woolhouse, said the Commission was interested in partnership with the state on Climate Financing Infrastructure as well as trade investments.

She explained that the Commission was interested on how to increase the flow of finance to Nigeria generally especially Lagos State, adding that other areas of interest includes waste energy and waste recycling which have both Climate and Economic benefits in flood resilience and Water management.

The Director, Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite mentioned that Government is in discussion and awaiting the state EXCO approval for introducing the Sustainable Urban Development System which is about proper water management

He said the SUDS will ensure all residents construct a retention ponds
in their houses as this system reduces the amount of storm water released in to the drainages.

Signed
Kunle Adeshina
Director, Public Affairs (MOE&WR)
Dec 7, 2023