By Kunle Adedoyin
The Lagos State House of Assembly has tasked residents of the state to comply with the environmental laws of the state as well as embrace attitude change in this direction.
Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the House, made this call at the Annual Stakeholders’ Meeting, with the theme, “Environmental Challenges: Community Engagement to Facilitate Lasting Solution”, which took place in his Agege 1 Constituency.
The parley took place simultaneously in all the 40 constituencies in the state.
The Legislature also enjoined Lagosians to collaborate with the state government in a renewed commitment to preserving the environment.
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-orientation the people on the need to properly handle the environmental challenges to rid Lagos of its recurrent waste challenges.
He said the meeting is an avenue to profile suggestion to end the lingering threats of environmental challenges.
Obasa stated that 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.
Also, he added that it will also create awareness on the hazardous impact of environmental challenges in the state.
The Speaker explained that with Lagos as the most populous state in Nigeria with over 22 million people and attracting a daily influx of over 6000 migrants, the state faces daunting rapid environmental problems which include waste generation and management.
Hence, he said it becomes more exigent to engage 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 is 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 the free flow of stormwater across the state”, he said.
Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi,, the Chairman of Agege Local Government, on his part, said the meeting is an avenue to interface and delivered with the people in various consequences for better governance.
He appealed to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to compensate residents in Agege because of the noise pollution posed by the airline using its facilities.
Some representatives of different groups present at the meeting including the women, chiefs, youths, health sector, education sector and others observed that the incomplete Pen Cinema Bridge, streets lights, insecurity, unemployment, and bad roads are some of the numerous issues needing serious attention of the state government.
Responding to issues raised, Obasa noted that some of the issues raised will be attended to by the government.
He, however, urged the citizens to support the government by protecting all properties and facilities provided to improve governance.