MONTHLY ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION EXERCISE……..Hon Commissioner for Environment visits Yaba LCDA.

It was the turn of Yaba LCDA in the monthly environmental sanitation exercise to host the Honourable commissioner for Environment; Mr Tunji Bello .The commissioner and his entourage were received at Yaba Bus stop by the Executive Chairman Yaba LCDA, Hon AbdulRaheem Olajide Jimoh and other members of the Executive, legislative and management team.

 The commissioner immediately went to construction site handling a Hostel project along Mcween Street near Oyadiran Estate where the construction work was obstructing the Oyadiran canal flowing down to Makoko.  The commissioner ordered the seal off of the premises.

The commissioner was later taken through the passage of the canal down to the Makoko Bridge. Other canal visited by the commissioner was Iwaya canal where dredging work is ongoing.  While he was addressing the community, Hon Tunji Bello advised the residents to desist from dumping refuse into the canal. He maintained that this year’s rain fall would be more torrential than the previous year and with heavy storms and winds.

The only way to avoid resurgence of flood was to give way to free flow of water during the rainy period. He also enjoined them not to give refuse to cart pushers but endeavour to patronise authorised and approved PSP operators in their areas.  He charged the CDA to apprehend anybody dumping refuse into the canal and hand them over to council or LAWMA officials. He promised that the state government would not relent in its effort to make our environment flood free.

Also participating in this month sanitation exercise were the Community Development Committee members, NULGE officials, the Council Environmental Defender Corps and all CDAs within Yaba LCDA.











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7 Comments for “MONTHLY ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION EXERCISE……..Hon Commissioner for Environment visits Yaba LCDA.”

  1. Anslem

    We all must jointly ensure refuse were not dump in the canal and ensure free flow of the canals. It’s also important for the ministry of environment to quickly address all illegal structure affecting the canal without favor. This will guarantee safety of life’s and properties in case of heavy down pore, winds or storms.

  2. Akeem

    You have display a good leadership example with your full participation in the last environmental sanitation exercise witnessed by the commissioner. Sir, our canal in Iwaya omitogun need to be visited due to the blockage.

  3. Dare

    With an immense resource of Recyclable materials available from various sanitation exercises in Yaba, could the Commissioner for Environment or Hon. Jide Jimoh please educate us on measures taken so far to capitalise on these squandered wealth called refuse? Wealth lies inherent so much in waste materials but recyclable items are totally ignored during clean up exercises and always dumped along as waste. I once discussed about more public service needs in our local government and Hon. Jide Jimoh’s aides replied me using limited revenue given to our LCDA as an excuse. In opinion, we should solely not be relying on statutory allocations but rather thinking of intelligent ways to internally generate revenue ourselves.

    Recycling can generate loads of cash, not only that, costs far less and can create more jobs for youths. Household recyclable items taken for granted everyday are- Bottles, Paper Envelopes, Newspapers, Cardboards, Old clothes, Tyres, Old Electrical Equipments. Batteries, Glass, Metal cans, Plastic etc. the list is endless. After the collection of refuse by PSP operators, recyclables should be separated and baled at materials recycling facilities. If the state does not have such material recycling facilities (MRF’s) one should be created, it costs nothing but an open space, a few hands and machines. Its outcomes can then be sent to reprocessors or manufacturers in paper mills, glass works, cloth makers or plastic reprocessing plants where the waste is processed and used for new products. Obviously the local council generates money through these services because the recycled waste are raw materials these companies need to produce thier products. Although it costs local authorities money to collect recycling but, the materials generate more income when recycled and sold. This money can be fed back into the waste collection budget or used to provide more public service needed in our local council.

    As regards this process creating jobs for our youths, need i say more? Human resources of cause would be employed to facilitate its process implementation. The process of sorting waste collection, composting, and reprocessing all these recyclables, creates more jobs than incineration and landfill wherever the refuse is usually dumped. There is already a resource of individuals (mostly Northerners) around, sabo, oyadiran junction, beginning of the slope down Alara/Kofoworola street, Iwaya, Evans Square etc. who go around with iron push-trucks (called Omolanke) peddling our streets with cries to purchase steels, irons and scrap metals we tend to use no more. If more of them and our youths are educated well about this trade, structured and supported adequately by our local council, there is a huge potential for growth in the reprocessing sector particularly in areas with strong ties with manufacturing industries. Because then, such process would be enhanced to be suppliers of raw materials on a formal scale to these industries. Studies have estimated that for every tonne of recycled materials, 6 jobs are created. This figure doesn’t include other supplementary jobs also created down the line, which have been estimated as one additional job for every position created at the reprocessing stage. It has also been suggested that recycling newspapers creates three times as many jobs as incinerating them.

    So Sirs, (Hon Jide Jomoh and Mr Tunji Bello) this is just a short-sighted presentation of the enormous wealth we can generate for our local council from waste collection. There is a lot of potential lurking around the spontaneous waste collection by our PSP operators which could support our local council. If these notions i have stated above are presently in the process of implementation i would be so glad; but if not, Sirs please explain to us why and what the hinderances are.

  4. Sarah Abogun

    @ Dare Turning waste to wealth is a welcome idea but not as easy as you think. A proposal for community development and growth should not be subjected to blackmail, but realistic and professional. Your presentation is cruel and lack reality of data. I would implore you to devote more time to research that would be of personal benefit rather than deceiving the populace with unrealistic and unprofessional methodology.

  5. Chinoye Agbakwuru

    According to Dare “If the state does not have such material recycling facilities (MRF’s) one should be created, it costs nothing but an open space, a few hands and machines” @ Dare I believe if the idea is profitable and lucrative, his Excellency Fashola must have venture into it before now. All rewarding investment stand as a mode of relief to unemployment in the State and profit plough entity. I believe you can still do more to move the local council forward. Kindly liaise with the council chairman I believe he run all inclusive government. Yaba oni daru oooo!!! Eko oni baje oooooooo!!!

  6. Dare

    @Chinoye I would give an example. The formal sector of our country encompasses only about 10% of employed Nigerians i e..people who have jobs. The remaining 90% of employed citizens are in the informal sector! Because of this, the personal income tax or other employer levies generated from employed citizens in our country is only from the 10% in the formal sector; legally, the state cannot tax the larger amount of the remaining 90% employed or their offices adequately because they are in the informal sector and there are no formidable structures made by govt to support such businesses not to talk of tax them appropriately. Having highlighted this, wouldn’t it be profitable for the federal government to support the informal sector where the bulk and majority of employees lie (90%) in business ways so as to accelerate a growing economy and generate more revenue from them through taxation? Doesn’t it make sense to do that if more workers are in the informal sector? Has GEJ or his administration who know these facts till date shown us any traces or intended policies to support T-shirt makers in private residencies in Yaba, the Pam sandals/slippers makers in Bariga, individuals of the Printing Press in Shomolu or Outdoor Banner makers in Alagomeji? Even though they contribute a large quota to employment, government still sees them as inferior and very informal so to speak that money cant be generated from them. Central government’s totally focus is our Crude Oil. Isn’t that sad? My reason for this example is to answer your connotation of the reason Fashola doesnt explore Waste Recylcing: Because power, leadership or authority does not dig in dirty rubbles does not mean precious stones and gems can’t be found in it. Power, leadership and authority itself corrupts itself absolutely when void of challenge.

    @Sarah…Lol. Its either you are being tad sensitive or just very humorous because i do not see anywhere i defined my comment as a proposal, blackmail or an evaluated data. I only asked questions (which haven’t been answered) with premises and examples, clearly also stating in my last paragraph that my comment was a “short-sighted presentation”. I would take it that you being quite humorous than sensitive..Lol…but, hmmmm, you sure got me going and thinking i might have the capability for blackmail and public service professionalism.

  7. Emmanuel

    @ Dare i agreed with you on the % of unemployed in the country and the disadvantages on tax return to the economy. If the fully / partly owned industries (Ajaokuta Steel, Nigeria Airways, etc ) by the government were not mismanage and in full capacity utilized, the unemployement rate will reduced. Japan, Korea, China government etc run and control majority of the industry in their respective country and their economy is ok. GEJ never ready for change, which is constant in life. I believe Yaba Ventures is created to look into lucrative and profitable businesses that will improve IGR and create more jobs for the youth of Yaba. As part of the responsibilities of electing our leaders, is to improve the social welfare for a condusive atmosphere. Residents of Yaba is gradually reaping dividends of democracy on infrastural development i.e Makoko Road, Church Street, Omitogun, Alara, Alagomeji area etc were hand work of Jide Jimoh’s on rehabitalization. If a direct allocation is given under 57 local government, our communities would have witness rapid development and growth beyond this. Be that as it may, more is expected from the government on the area of security and safety. Togetherness, we can move Yaba LCDA forward……..

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