By Ebunoluwa Sessou
Lagos state house of Assembly, LSHA, has called on all residents in the state to comply with the environmental laws of the state as well as embrace attitude change and join hands with the state government in a renewed commitment to preserving the environment.
The call was made at the Annual Stakeholders’ Meeting yesterday which took place in all the 40 constituencies in the state.
Speaking during the meeting, the Speaker of the House, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa noted that the Stakeholders’ Meeting which the 5th edition since he assumed office as speaker of the House, is to involve various communion on how to re-orientate the people on the need to properly handle the environmental challenges to rid Lagos of its recurrent waste challenges.
With the theme, “Environmental Challenges: Community Engagement to Facilitate Lasting Solution”, he said, the meeting is an avenue to profile suggestion to end the lingering threats of environmental challenges.
According to him, the progress of the solution by different constituents will help in curbing the continued insignificant dumping of refuse on streets, drainages and major highways in the state. Adding that it will also create awareness on the hazardous impact of environmental challenges in the state.
Obama further explained that Lagos is the most populous state in Nigeria with over 22 million people attractive a daily influx of over 6000 migrants, the state faces daunting rapid environmental problems which include among other waste generation and management, hence engaging the people in the current environmental challenges facing the state.
“Despite efforts being put in place to sensitise residents on the need to protect the environment, some still prefer to violate the environmental law and involve in actions capable of frustrating government’s efforts and huge investment in the sector.
“The government in protecting the environment and improving healthy living standards of residents has resulted in the re-organisation of Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, to be proactive towards enforcing, regulating and ensuring improved waste management process.
“Efforts are being intensified to ensure that the primary, secondary and tertiary drains are maintained all year round. This will entail constant removal of refuse, vegetal growth and silt from drains for free flow of storm water across the state”, he said.
In his address, the Chairman of Agege Local Government, Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, the meeting is an avenue to interface and deliberate with the people in various constituencies for better governance.
He however appealed to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria FAAN, to compensate residents in Agege because of the noise pollution posed by the company.
Representatives of different groups present at the meeting including the women, chiefs, youths, health sector, education section among others lamented that the incomplete Pen Cinema Bridge, streets lights, insecurity, unemployment, bad roads among others are some of numerous issues begging for attention.
Responding to issues raised, Obasa assured that issues raised will be addressed by the government.
He however urged the citizens to support government by protecting all properties and facilities provided to improve governance.