The Commissioner for Environment in Lagos State, Honourable Babatunde Adejare has said that the attitudinal behaviour of people towards waste management and environment in the state is appalling.
Adejare who was speaking at the Coastal Cities at Risk Project Media Workshop in Lagos said that there are houses in the state that don’t have proper toilets which cause environmental challenges to their vicinity.
The commissioner who said that Lagos residence still involve in open defecation and inappropriate disposal of waste, revealed that about 13,000 tons of waste are generated daily with the state government lacking the financial and technical capacity to evacuate the waste thus needing heavy private sector participation.
“There are houses in Lagos that do not have proper toilets and the owners are collecting rents there, people throw away their refuse in our drainages causing flooding. Lagos does not have the capacity yet to take waste management to the level it should be so we need more capacity in that respect. We need to realize that governance is shared responsibility between those in government and the people,” Adejare said.
He urged the media to support the government for proper information dissemination of information that will help the citizens to take proactive and decent decision in fighting environmental degradation in the state.
He also mentioned that the Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, is committed to ensuring an aesthetically flood-free Lagos in his fight against the damaging effects of climate change in the state.
Adejare said the government has invested in effective drainage system and created an enabling environment for private sector participation in waste disposal and flood prevention in the state.
On waste management, the commissioner revealed that Olusosun refuse dump will be shut down by December 2016.
“The governor has directed and I will do it. We want to have a standardized waste management system in place,” he said.