Lagos Warns Residents Against Violating Environmental Regulations

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Lagos State government at the weekend warned residents of the state to desist from unhealthy environmental practices that could undermine government effort in protecting the environment against degradation and other climate change effects.

The state government added that its various agencies on environmental sustainability have been empowered to prosecute individuals or organizations caught degrading the environment in any form .
The state’ Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab gave the charge at the Weekend, during a Ministerial Press briefing he addressed to commemorate the 1st year anniversary of the governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo -Olu’s second tenure in office.

The commissioner revealed that the state government is committing huge resources on environmental protection against all forms of degradation, especially , the fight against climate change and its attendant effects on human health and the ecosystem.

He revealed that the state government would intensify efforts on enforcement to ensure compliance with the environmental laws to achieve a vision for a sustainable environment.
Wahab disclosed that the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), which acts like the state environmental police, in the last three months carried out 367 enforcement operations in households , markets, hotels, warehouses, sales points, industries, worship centers , Night clubs and other places for various environmental violations, while abatement notices were served on others for discharging raw sewage into the lagoon.

He warned that LASEPA has been empowered more than before to ensure total compliance with state environmental laws 2017 across the state to safeguard the environment against further degradation because of its consequences on human health and the ecosystem.

The commissioner, who explained that various enforcement operations carried out by his ministry and its agencies across the state were in the interest of the public, noted that the state government would not fold its alms and allow selfish individuals continue undermining its reform efforts in preserving the environment for a better living and sustainable growth.

Wahab, who expressed worry over poor air quality level in many parts of the state as contained in LASEPA ‘s weekly reports of the Air quality index of the state warned against unfriendly environmental behaviours that could trigger climate change action

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