Ogun Govt Cancels Environmental Sanitation Exercise For November

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The Ogun State Government has cancelled the monthly sanitation exercise and lifted the restriction of movement for November in the state.

Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, announced this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the decision was to enable secondary school students across the state to take part in the ongoing National Examination Council (NECO) examinations.

Somorin stressed that the decision was arrived at after reviewing the challenges that the restriction of movement would have on the examination scheduled for Saturday.

According to him, this coincides with the timing of the monthly sanitation exercise.

“It has become expedient that the interest of the students be considered.

“Mathematics is a general subject and we need to facilitate hitch-free preparation and movement of students, teachers, as well as NECO officials and examiners to various centres where the exams would hold within and outside the state,” the statement said.

The government, however, implored all citizens to ensure that the cleaning exercise was observed at their various houses, irrespective of the non-restriction of movement during the period.

It stressed that it was imperative that all drainage channels be kept free of silts and refuse to avoid flooding of homes that could lead to the loss of lives and properties.

The statement added, “Cleaning should not be a one-month affair. We need to take care of our personal hygiene and clean our environment regularly and on a daily basis to avoid the outbreak of cholera and other preventable and communicable diseases that could lead to epidemics.”

The government disclosed that officials of the Ministry of Environment and the Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) have been mandated to go round and collect refuse generated during the period of the exercise.

It said environmental health officers have also been directed to ensure compliance with public health regulations and bring offenders to book.

Bayelsa Targets N150m Monthly Revenue From Environmental Sanitation Authority

Bayelsa Govt. Targets N150m Monthly Revenue From Environmental Sanitation AuthorityThe Bayelsa State Government says it is targeting 150 million Naira monthly revenue from activities of the state environmental sanitation authority.

This is part of efforts to boost its internally generated revenue.

Chairman of the Bayelsa Environmental Sanitation Authority, Robert Enogha, disclosed this in Yenagoa at the inauguration of the state Environmental Authority Enforcement House.

Enogha, who hailed the state government’s support for its activities, said the office could make about N150 million monthly.

According to him, there is the need to improve activities of the authority because it would go a long way in boosting the revenue of the state.

“I am appealing for more support, which includes supply of equipment like wheelbarrows, patrol vehicles among others,” he said.

The Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah (Rtd), who attended the event said the government is poised to achieve a clean and fresh environment.

“Clean environment does a lot of good to the human health, therefore, we cannot neglect nature of cleanliness. We will continue to improve for the betterment of our people.

“On revenue, we are no longer going to allow cash payments of fines and levies to avoid missing of funds, by next year, all tax and levies are going to be visible.

“We are not going to tolerate any form of harassment by officers who are going to be in charge. I urge every officer to step up in their conduct as the state is strategizing to improve its internally generated revenue through this agency”, he said.

Lagos State Stops Monthly Environmental Sanitation

Environmental sanitation in Lagos State stopped The Lagos State government has announced the stoppage of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise which up until now was observed for three hours on the last Saturday of every month.

The State government in a press statement explained that the decision was informed by the need for a robust review of the environmental laws and procedures in the state.

The government noted that considering the present economic situation in the country, it was no longer appropriate to restrict movement of people for three hours in a mega city like Lagos at a time they should be pursuing commercial and entrepreneurial activities.

This is coming one year after a Federal High Court in Lagos proclaimed as unlawful, the restriction of citizens’ movement during the environmental sanitation exercise that is been observed in Lagos every month.

The preceding judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Mohammed Idris, ruled in March 2015 that such restraint of movement, in the name of sanitation, amounted to an infringement of the “citizens’ right to personal liberty and freedom of movement” protected by sections 35 and 41 of the Nigerian Constitution.

However, he nullified the power of the Lagos State Government and its agencies to arrest any citizen found moving, when the environmental sanitation exercise is being observed.

The environmental sanitation exercise is being observed from 7:00am to 10:00am on the last Saturday of every month in Lagos State.

Movement is been restricted in all parts of the state and violators are arrested and prosecuted by the state enforcement agencies.

Despite this court ruling, however, the State had continued to observe the environmental sanitation, with movement of people still restricted.

Ekiti Govt. Destroys Illegal Structures Erected On Waterways

Osun-State-dredging-after-Osogbe-floodEkiti State government has begun the demolition of illegal structures erected on waterways to prevent flooding in the state.

Governor Ayodele Fayose who was on ground to supervise the demolition of a structure erected on the waterways at Ibukun Olu Street, Olora Layout in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, urged residents to always maintain a certain level of environmental sanitation.

In February this year, Governor Fayose was at Ibukun Olu Street, Olora Layout  to warn residents whose buildings were erected on the waterways, giving them 30-day ultimatum after which government will demolish the structures.

The ultimatum was however extended following pleas from the occupants of the area.

Governor Fayose who returned to the area on Thursday, said he was ready for business as he ordered the immediate demolition of the structures to ensure free flow of water.FAYOSE IN COURT.FEDERAL HIGH COURT ADO EKITI 032

The governor said the demolition comes after compensation had been paid to the affected residents.

A resident of the area, Alao Mathew who expressed happiness and also commended the governor for the level of development in the state.

With the demolition of structures on the waterways, the residents are hopeful that there would be a stop to the consistent flooding in the area.

Lagos State Government To Boost Water Transportation

Lagos state, transportationThe Lagos state government has begun ridding waterways of debris and water hyacinth, as part of measures aimed at boosting water transportation and other related activities in the state.

To this end, two water hyacinth and debris removal machines, have been deployed by the state government for the exercise.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, while representing the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare at the commissioning of both Machines, held at Ebute Ero Jetty, said for a long time, “hyacinth which is otherwise known as aquatic weed, had been a major source of concern with attendant challenges to the waterways sector”.

Also, in her address of welcome, Managing Director of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Engr. Abisola Kamson, affirmed that asides negatively affecting the socio-economic activities of fishermen and inhabitants of the riverine communities, water hyacinth, which is a seasonal threat, had brought about damages to the propulsion system of boats, thus further affecting water transportation.

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New water hyacinth and debris removal machine.

According to her, the new machines would go a long way in eradicating the menace of water hyacinth on marine ecosystems of the state, particularly the Ikorodu, Ajah, Badagry, Lagos Island, Oworonshoki, Mile 2 and Epe axis.

Giving technical insight as to the workings of the machine, Kamson said it can be lowered up to six feet deep into the water.

According to her, it acts like an underwater lawn mower and cuts the vegetation while collecting weeds and debris.

Stating some of the benefits, Mr Ambode said “It will also encourage fishery so that the water economy will be improved upon”.

Engr. Kamson described the commissioning as “a dream come true” and expressed gratitude to the Governor for the long-awaited initiative.

 

Lagos Lifts Movement Restriction Order For NABTEB Exams On Saturday

Lagos-State- movement restriction The Lagos State Government has lifted the restriction order on human and vehicular movement during the May Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise.

The State government announced the lifting of restriction on Friday, saying the decision was taken in order to allow free movement of examination materials and also for Students, Invigilators and other Stakeholders to ensure effective participation in the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) Examination.

NABTEB examination is expected to be held across the Nation on Saturday, May 28.

In a Statement by a spokesman for the Ministry of Environment, Tunde Awobiyi, the Honourable Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, however, urged Lagos residents to still observe the monthly exercise by cleaning their homes and clearing the drains in their neighbourhood so as to prevent flooding in the State.

He said such exercise would allow free flow of water as the raining reason gathered momentum.

He stressed that the monthly cleaning exercise would resume next month.

The Commissioner said that it became imperative for the State Government to waive the restriction order to avoid jeopardising the future of the candidates whose counterparts in other parts of the federation would write the same examination.

“As a responsible and responsive government, we value the education of our children very dearly and therefore resolved to relax the order in the interest of the future leaders of tomorrow.

“As we are all aware, Lagos is a Coastal City that has high water table levels and prone to flooding whenever it rains. We must therefore imbibe habits which will reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of flooding in the State,” he said.

The Commissioner enjoined Lagos residents to shun acts that could aggravate the adverse global climatic conditions, noting that “people should not dump waste in unauthorized places like canals and drainage channels”.

He said that the target of the state this year was to sustain past record of flood abatement, thus making it possible for the State not to experience flooding as in the past years.

“This can only be achieved through effective collaboration of the people,” he stressed.

According to him, the issue of sanitation has become very critical, especially with the geometrical population explosion in the state, adding that the regular clean-up for a healthier, cleaner and Sustainable Environment has become a matter of survival for residents.

Bayelsa Govt. Inaugurates Environmental Sanitation Authority  

Environmental SanitationGovernor Seriake Dickson has inaugurated a 9-member environmental sanitation authority with the mandate of cleaning up Yenagoa and its environs.

Performing the inauguration ceremony in the government house in Yenagoa, the Governor charged the newly inaugurated members of the Bayelsa State Environmental Sanitation Authority to establish a modern refuse disposal system and a waste recycling plant.

The Governor challenged the members to make a difference by putting in place a transparent and foolproof accounting system and revenue collection mechanism.

Aside keeping the state clean, the activities of the authority is expected to be a new source of employment as it is expected to engage the services of young, unemployed Bayelsa residents.

Members of the State Environmental Sanitation Authority are Mr Asanakpo Lucky, Mr Randy Awolowo, Mr Ibena Salvation, Mr Pereowei Aguruze and Mr Longlife Gilbert.

Others are Mr Inidunimi Victor Isaiah, Mr Monday Gamage and Mrs Rosemary Endeley Princewill.

Chief Robert Enogha is the Chairman of the committee as they attempt to possibly make the Bayelsa State capital the cleanest in the nation.

Monthly Environmental Sanitation Still Stands In Ogun State – Amosun

amosun-on-environmental sanitationThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, says the monthly environmental sanitation exercise still stands in the state.

Governor Amosun stated this while monitoring the exercise on Saturday in Abeokuta, the state’s capital during his on the spot assessment of the extent of damage caused by a  rainstorm in the state capital on Friday and compliance to restriction of movement order.

The Governor added that restriction of movement must be strictly adhered to by residents and travelers to the state in order not to run foul of the laws.

Areas visited by the Governor, his wife, Olufunso Amosun, Commissioner for Environment, Ayo Olubori and other top government functionaries include, Oba Lipede Market, OPIC Building, Amolaso area in the Abeokuta metropolis,among others.

While thanking God that no life was lost and that the injured ones had been discharged from the hospital, the Governor promised that the present administration would do the needful in coming to the aid of affected property owners after proper evaluation.

Kogi State To Host 2014 National Environmental Sanitation Day

The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada
The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada

The Kogi State Government says it has adopted a participatory approach towards getting its indigenes involved in cleanliness and environmental sanitation.

The State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, stated  this when he received in audience, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Malam, who was represented by Mrs Funmilayo Oyeyipo.

Mrs Oyeyipo, who is the Team Leader of the NESD Organizing Committee, was in Kogi State to hold consultations, and deliberation plans towards the forthcoming commemoration of the National Environmental Sanitation Day 2014, which Kogi State has been selected to host.

In her speech, she described environmental sanitation as an essential factor contributing to the health of Nigerians, stating that Kogi State was selected to host the 2014 National Environmental Sanitation Day in recognition of the proactive environmental protection policy of the Capt. Idris Wada-led administration.

While giving his key note address, the Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Idris Wada, revealed that Kogi State was in the process of procuring equipment to embrace refuse collection and disposal of waste in the state capital.

Awoniyi stated that the state never had a refuse dump since its creation but that the present administration has made beautification and sanitation a key component in its transformation agenda by establishing a refuse dump.

The Deputy Governor then asked for greater collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Environment, describing the visit by the ministry as a harbinger of better things to come in the sanitation of the state.

PDP/APC: Court Cannot Declare Seats Of Decampees Vacant – Nwankwo

A Lawyer, Richard Nwankwo on Thursday said that the court cannot declare the seats of 37 lawmakers who defected to the APC on Wednesday vacant because the constitution guarantees freedom of association.

37 members of the House of Representatives, who were formerly under the umbrella of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday.

The lawmakers said that they changed parties due to “division and factionalisation” within the ruling party.

Reacting to the latest development on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Nwankwo said that no court pronouncement would detract from Section 38 of the constitution which talks about the freedom of thought, conscience and religion as well as section 40 which talks about peaceful assembly and association.

“These two constitutional provisions are very key and strong, and that is the beauty of constitutional democracy,” he said.

“We have to look at what is going on from the perspective of the fundamental rights provisions, because that is the thrust of this matter. The constitution is clear, and I believe that whatever cross-carpeting or re-alignment that is taking place will not detract from the strength of any political party that is on the ground, but what should border Nigerians is that these cross-carpeting, re-alignments have no ideological platform,” he added.

The political circle in the country has been regarded as bereft of any ideology as politicians often hop from party to party, Nwankwo supported the popular assertion by saying “in some other jurisdictions, political parties are known for their ideological slant but that is completely non-existent in our political equation here.”

He added that “this is an environment where our President talks about provision of water, good roads, and environmental sanitation issues. These are 14th century challenges in some other jurisdictions.

“We are still battling with the basics and that also gives us insight into the strength of the challenge we have.

“We have a political arena that is bereft of political ideologies,” he said, and added that the disputes leading to the defection of governors and lawmakers “have absolutely nothing to do with ideologies” as they are “predicated on personal disputes.”

“The landscape is becoming very muddy and very uncertain.”