Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon Muslim Folami has restated the State Government’s commitment to rejuvenate the abandoned Traditional Rulers’ role in maintaining peace, stability and harmonious co-existence among residents in their various communities.
Hon. Folami stated this on Monday at the Lagos Airport Hotel while speaking at a One-Day workshop organized by the State Government for the Traditional rulers in Lagos with the theme, “Roles of Traditional Rulers As Community Developers and Managing Communal and Intra Communal Conflicts”.
The Commissioner charged all Traditional Rulers in the State to ensure that they educate rural people on Government projects, policies and programmes as they relate to their communities.
He also urged them to coordinate all activities on developmental projects in their respective domains to get better results.
The facilitator, Mrs. Olutoyin Falade, noted that community development is a way of strengthening civil society by prioritizing the actions of communities and their perspectives in the development of social, economic and environmental policy.
According to her, “Community Development is a skilled process and part of its approach is the belief that communities cannot be helped unless they themselves agree to this process. Community Development has to look both ways, not only at how the Community is working at the grassroots, but also at how responsive key institutions are to the needs of local communities”.
She urged traditional rulers o be conscious of their roles in ensuring even development in their various communities through the promotion and maintenance of peace, security, economic, cultural values and heritage.
While imploring them to embrace effective communications, friendly and harmonious relationship among their people, Falade noted that their initiative and desire to promote stability in their community will lead to sustained development and improved standard of living of the people.
PSP MANAGERS PLEDGE CLEANER LAGOS IN 2016
The Chairman of the Lagos Waste Management Service Providers’ Forum, Apostle Akin Adewole, has given assurance that following a fresh agreement between the group and the State Ministry of the Environment, the forum will ensure a cleaner and healthier Lagos from now on.
Adewole gave the assurance during an interactive meeting between PSP Operators, Highway Managers and the State Ministry of the Environment at the Transfer Loading Station of LAWMA in Agege recently
At the meeting, the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare appealed to the waste managers to support the present administration in its commitment to rid the State of filth and ensure a cleaner and healthier environment.
Adejare urged the managers to live up to their responsibilities of promptly clearing the waste generated by the citizenry, warning that any erring operator would have his contract terminated.
He also used the occasion to admonish Lagosians to desist from the habit of indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the roads, highways and drainages but to always bag wastes for easy collection by the operators.
He disclosed that, the government will soon establish a mobile court to try tenants who refuse to pay their PSP dues.
The Commissioner further warned residents against patronising cart pushers as refuse collected by them are usually dumped in canals and drainages which eventually end up in the waterways.
Adejare said the State Government was stepping up its advocacy drive on a clean environment with the aim of changing the behavioural disposition of the people towards the environment.
He stressed that, “If the economic potentials in the waste sector in the State were properly harnessed, it would help in creating employment opportunities and generate more revenue for the State Government”.
Speaking in the same vein, the Special Adviser to the Governor on the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Hunpe implored the operators to go back to their duties and ensure a cleaner environment.
He also called for support for the present administration in order to attain a cleaner, healthier and sustainable environment, capable of promoting economic growth and well-being of the entire citizenry.
LAGOS SUSPENDS DECEMBER MONTHLY SANITATION FOR HOLIDAYS
Lagos State Government has lifted the order restricting vehicular and human movement during the December monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise expected to come up on Saturday, 26th December, 2015 to allow free movement of persons during the end of year festive seasons and joyous transition into the New Year.
The State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, disclosed this today at an interactive session with journalists in his office, Alausa, Ikeja urging Lagosians to still observe the monthly exercise and clean up their homes and immediate environment, irrespective of the lifting of the restriction order, which will resume in January.
He enjoined all and sundry to ensure that, the festival is celebrated in a clean and safe environment, emphasizing the old adage which says that ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’
While wishing all Lagosians a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance, Adejare admonished all residents in the State to cultivate and imbibe a clean and hygienic way of life.
He urged Lagosians to bag their wastes properly and allow for easy collection and disposal to designated dumpsites by LAWMA and PSP Operators.
He assured Lagosians that, LAWMA is fully mobilized and would deploy men and equipment to ensure quick evacuation of waste generated during the festive period, while noting that, as we approach the New Year, they should consolidate on the gains of a clean city, which we have all worked hard to attain.
He added that, the State Government remains determined in its commitment to a clean, hygienic and flood-free environment urging Lagosians once again to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drains and unapproved sites.
According to him, “We should therefore be reminded that a clean, safe and healthy environment promotes long life as well as reduces unnecessary health problems”.
HARMATTAN SEASON: LASEMA URGES LAGOSIANS TO BE MORE CAUTIOUS
Concerned by the pervading adverse weather condition and attendant road traffic accidents and other emergencies, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has advised motorists to be conscious of the foggy weather condition, the early morning and late evening mist associated with the Harmatan season.
Speaking today in his office, LASEMA General Manager, Mr. Michael Akindele said that the cold and foggy weather being experienced across the country, often makes visibility difficult, thus calling for extreme caution from drivers and motorists.
He therefore advised all road users to be safety conscious by being more careful while also urging drivers to desist from driving with high beams which contributes to poor visibility on the roads.
The General Manager also reminded motorists of the need to embark on daily routine check of their vehicles before embarking on their various journey.
He stressed that it is instructive to check every part of the vehicle, especially the radiator and tyres for defects in order to avoid accident on the road.
He stressed the need for Lagosians to adhere to necessary precautionary measures to avoid fire incidents that could have disastrous consequences as recently observed in some places.
According to him, people “should avoid storage of highly inflammable materials such as petrol and kerosene, electrical appliances should be switched off whenever they are not in use, and avoid bush burning and lighting of bangers and knockouts.
“All these can cause fire outbreak, which most times leads to unnecessary loss of lives and properties,’’.
Akindele equally stressed the importance of security at this period and the need to be vigilant by monitoring strange movement in our environment or anything that may likely cause havoc or danger.
He implored the citizenry to report to security operatives in their areas as well as call the emergency free toll numbers 767 or 112 whenever they necessary.
The General Manager maintained that in order to ensure sanity on the highways across the nooks and crannies of the State, law enforcement agents have been put on red alert to arrest and prosecute anyone caught committing one crime or the other.
LASG REITERATES COMMITMENT TO IMPROVED HEALTH SECTOR
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris today reiterated the commitment of the present administration to move the health sector forward in order to ensure the wellbeing of Lagosians, explaining that things would henceforth be done differently to reflect the mantra of change the government of the day.
Speaking today at a media parley held at the Conference Room of the Ministry, Idris noted that measures are being taken by the administration to ensure the realisation of this objective.
He stressed that the challenges in the health sector may seem insurmountable, but the administration of Governor Ambode is committed to solving the problems step by step and systematically.
He said that this administration would focus on attitudinal change among health workers, amongst other issues to be addressed in order to achieve effective and qualitative service delivery to the general populace.
The Commissioner said that the State would train and retrain its health workforce to empower them order to deliver qualitative service to the teeming populace.
According to him, the administration has procured power generating sets, ambulances and portable x-ray machines for distribution to public hospitals, among other laudable achievements.
He also said that, Ayinke House project which was abandoned by the former contractor had been re-awarded to another contractor that is ready to deliver the project in record time of 12 months contrary to speculation that the project has been abandoned.
Idris debunked the rumours that the State has also abandoned her plan to establish a medical park, but rather with modification of establishing it at the old Nursing School, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi in Lagos.
The Commissioner said that a technical team was already studying the medical insurance scheme with a view to implementing it in public hospitals.
On the seemingly industrial health crisis in the State, Idris stated that a new synergy with the Lagos State Health Workforce has been developed which is already yielding fruitful results.