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Lagos moves against air pollution, unveils effluent treatment plants


· Respite for industries, factories

Akanbi Funsho

As part of the moves to check air pollution in the state and reduce discharge of hazardous air and waste water, the Lagos State government has unveiled a mini effluent treatment plant that would determine toxicity of industrial effluents before being released into the atmosphere.

With the unveiling of the effluents treatment plant and Air Monitoring Station located at six different locations, industries without capacity to test their effluents and industrial, hazardous wastewater in the state can now test and ensure that only safe waste and effluent are released into the atmosphere.

The air quality measurement stations located at LASEPA headquarters, Alausa, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Lekki, Abesan Estate, Ipaja, University of Lagos, Akoka, Jankara, Lagos Island and in Ikorodu will measure the air quality across its locations and aid better policy formulation on the environment in the State.

Speaking while unveiling facilities which also featured the commissioning of Digital E-Library and a hybrid vehicle, the state’s Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, said the new additions will empower the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to be better positioned to perform its regulatory roles.

Bello said: “This Mini Effluent plant came about because of the need to treat wastewater and leftover samples of industrial wastewater from LASEPA’s laboratory. It is regrettable that LASEPA, which has the responsibility for protecting the environment lacked an acceptable means of treating wastewater until now”

Bello said vigilant members of the public were also not unmindful that with such scenario, LASEPA would have compromised her status as the environmental policeman that runs afoul of the same law it seeks to enforce.

But with the facilities, Bello said that things can only get better for residents of the state because there is also room for expansion of the capacity of the mini effluent plant in case request for usage increases geometrically such that the State will maintain its leading role in environmental management in Nigeria as the Centre of Excellence.

The commissioner, who said that the Lagos State Environmental Protection Law 2017 empowers LASEPA to survey and monitor surface, underground and portable air, land and soil environments, explained that the Air Quality measuring station will ensure a comprehensive knowledge of the Air Quality of the Lagos environment, while helping to identify pollution and their sources.

Earlier, the General Manager, LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, said the maintenance of the environment is a collective responsibility especially on noise pollution and global warming, while urging residents to always ensure its sustainability.

She said the commissioning of the completed projects is towards promoting environmental sustainability as the state is moving from a linear economy to a circular economy whereby before manufacturing, recycling has to be put into consideration.

She commended the United Nations for its technical support always and the World Bank for material provisions to the agency at the event which also had in attendance the Special Adviser on Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Service, Mrs Belinda Odeneye and her Office of Drainage Services counterpart, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde and representatives of the United Nations, UNIDO, Zenith Bank, partners agencies and associations.

About Ayinla Muritala

Agbede is a seasoned Journalist with more than a decade experience as the fourth estate of the realm. He is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Univeristy of Ilorin and currently freelance with few of the Nigerian Dailies.

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