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By: Kayode Aboyeji April 15, 2014
Apparently to find a lasting solution to the problem of noise pollution in the state because of its health and other hazards it constitute, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), has come up with a new idea by involving traditional rulers, religion leaders, environmental stakeholders to tackle the challenge.
Essentially, the government plans to create massive awareness on the dangers that noise pollution constitute and encourage the traditional rulers and others to see to how this can be addressed in their various domains.
General Manager of LASEPA, Mr. Adebola Shabi, an engineer, disclosed this in a chat with Daily Newswatch at his office over the weekend.
According to him, the agency had in the past carried out a lot awareness creation exercise but the results are not coming, which necessitated the new move.
He explained the agency last week took the awareness campaign programme to Oworoshoki traditioner rulers palace where a stakeholders meeting involving league Imams, Community Development Association, Kick Against Indiscipline (KIA) officers, among others were involved.
Shabi added that after the awareness-creation programme, the agency will now begin to prosecute offenders. He went further, “A lot of people do not know the health impact of noise pollution, so we need to do a lot of awareness then we can now penalise offenders”, he said.
The LASEPA boss noted that noise pollution which comes from different sources including motor stations, pepper soup joints, hotels, night clubs, Mosques and Churches is a great problem to the state.
On the recent plan to embark on emission test on vehicles, he said the state government is finalising the plan and that very soon it come on stage.
According to him, the state Ministry of Transport together with the agency will take up the implementation and that before and vehicle licence can be renew, it must first go through the emission test.
On a school in Ikeja that was affected by air pollution in the area, he said: “We have found a solution to the gas issue. What really happened was that the school is surrounded by two shopping malls. One is a shopping mall arcade at the eastern area and another one at the south end of the school.
“At the arcade, we have about 102 shops and 90 are occupied and all the 90 have generator. So you can see the volume of carbon monoxide, sulphur monoxide and nitrogen oxides that is coming out of the generator coupled with the one from the south end of the school where we have another motor park and a mall.
“At the motor park, there are some welders using arcetalin, you see a lot of things coupled into things that resulted into the students affected with chemical in that school. We also found about 300 kilogrammes of carbides. From 18 students affected, 13 of them are asthmatic”, he said.
He said they discovered that the area was used before as a caterpillar garage and that before a school could be built there, government should have requested for a background information and conduct a liability audit to know the extent of remediation to be carried out before been used.
He added that the agency is working to domesticate eight out of the 22 laws of the National Environmental Standard Regulatory, Enforcement Agency (NESREA).
When asked about the compliance level of companies operating in the state to environmental laws particularly in the area of waste water management, he said 75 of them in the last three years had constructed waste water treatment plant.
He added that 140 companies in the past three years had gone green in the area of their production activities by changing from diesel engine generators to gas.
He also mentioned the state government decommissioning of about 120 generators as a result of completed power plant project that now supply power to the state secretariat.
March 9, 2014 by Comfort Oseghale, TOBI AWORINDE and PETER OKEUGO
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency on Friday discovered huge quantities of carbide at the Ogba Junior Grammar School, where 13 pupils had fainted after inhaling a poisonous gas on Thursday.
The school has been shut and the affected pupils taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Ikeja.
General Manager of LASEMA, Mr. Shabi, told SUNDAY PUNCH that he discovered the carbide, which is suspected to be the source of the gas, when he paid a visit to the school on Friday.
He said, “I was at the school and we discovered that the school had a poultry and that they also had large quantities of carbide. Carbide is a strong chemical which can be poisonous when it reacts with other substances. We were informed by the school authorities that they use the carbide to line the tracks on the field during sports. We have taken samples and should come out with our report in a few days.”
Our correspondents, who visited the hospital on Saturday were not allowed to talk to the students, due to the absence of the Chief Medical Director, Prof. David Adewale Oke.
The Community Chairman of Oluwole-Ogba, Ojodu Local Council Development Area, Mr. Sharafadeen Bashorun, however told SUNDAY PUNCH that the poisonous gas could have emanated from a photo lab close to the school.
Bashorun said the chemicals in the lab were still intact and could be the source of the second explosion.
He said, “My suspicion is that the photo lab that was locked during the first explosion in November still has all the materials and chemicals intact.”
An owner of a shop in Ogba Shopping Arcade told one of our correspondents that the gas couldn’t have originated from the arcade.
She said, “I find it puzzling that the gaseous substance was said to have come from the arcade, and yet, I did not perceive any strange smell. It could not have been from here (the arcade), because the photo laboratory has been sealed off since last year.”
Friday, 1 November 2013 Posted by Bankole Damilare
Stakeholders in the manufacturing sector of the Nigerian economy have scored Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, high in its safety measures and policies. The stakeholders gave the commendation at a safety day organised by the company in Lagos last Thursday.
Leading the pack is the General Manager of Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Engineer Shabi Adebola who lauded the management of Promasidor for the high standards of safety on its premises. Engr. Shabi however enjoined other manufacturing companies to be concerned about how their wastes and effluent were being destroyed in a bid to have sustainable environment in the country.
Also speaking, Mrs. Catherine Famuse, Assistant Director, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity said she was happy to be part of the event, adding that, “This premises was registered by me and I’m very happy since it was registered there has not been reported case of accident.”
Famuse who also doubles as National Secretary of the National Industrial Safety Council, expressed happiness about the improvement of safety awareness daily in the country, added that my message to all workers is to be safety cautious, remarking that there is no job that does not have its inherent hazards, but what they should do is to identify and assess them in a bid to manage and control them.
Executive Secretary of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Ikeja branch who said Promasidor has carted away most of their laurels, added, “We are very proud of Promasidor because of the safety measures it has put in place to enhance safety in its work place.” Comrade Tunji Sekoni, Chairman, National Industrial Safety Council, Lagos State branch said Promasidor has scored high marks in safety, adding to make things work better in the manufacturing sector of the economy, there was need for institution of social dialogue on safety in the country.
L-R: Managing Director Jawura Environmental Services Limited Prof Oladele Osibanjo, Managing Director Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Chief Keith Rechards; Eng. Shabi Adebola General Manager Lasepa Lagos State And Mr Kola Falase Director Lasepa At The Promasidor Safety Day Event At The Mrs Famuse Catherine At Promasidor Office In Lagos.
Professor Oladele Osibanjo, Chairman/ Chief Consultant of Jawura Environmental Services Limited presented a paper titled “Sustainable Manufacturing” in which he highlighted the need for manufacturing companies to be mindful of the effect of their operations on the environment among others.
According to him, transition and transformation to sustainable manufacturing / green economy is imperative for attainment of sustainable industrialization in Nigeria and meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) consistent with the 1989 National Policy on the Environment as revised in 1999 and the outcome of the Rio+20 document ‘’The Future we want ‘’ He said this has become imperative because most extant industrial facilities have caused high risks to human health and the environment because the strategies adopted and measures employed are reactive, curative, trying to abate pollution after it has occurred.
In his address of welcome, Chief Keith Richards, Managing Director/Chief Executive of Promasidor said the company was determined to pay more attention to safety in all ramifications and also committed to preserving the safety of its staff, customers and all its stakeholders. According to him, it goes without saying that safety for us cannot be overstated or undermined, remarking that as we continue to grow our business and increase our operations; we are determined to pay more attention to safety in all ramifications and we are committed to preserving the safety of our staff, customers and all our stakeholders. He noted that the company’s safety measures and policies had been acknowledged and they had received accolades and awards from Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN) and regulatory bodies.
Promasidor currently holds the Award for the Best Kept Industrial Premises in the Food, Beverages and Tobacco Group and it is worthy to note that it has been second to none for the past three years in its zone in this regard. Richards observed that, “Ssafety is an integral part of our lives and it is important to pay attention to the necessary safety measures that protect our health, help us avoid domestic and industrial accidents and consequently preserve and protect our lives. Without safety our business will suffer loss and our productivity will be hampered, consequently affecting our families and our livelihood.” He noted that in a manufacturing company such as theirs, with heavy-duty lifting, production facilities with long processing lines, busy maintenance schedules, very high mechanization and people moving around about their duties, accidents are prone to happen.
The managing director said at Promasidor Safety is taken very seriously and its safety policy ensures that all our employees and stakeholders involved in our processes on the premises are held to high safety standards as precaution to prevent avoidable accidents, adding that they also champion the crusade to ensure everyone accepts responsibility for his or her own safety and for those around them. In a bid to ensure that high standards are maintained, Promasidor has initiated different safety programmes which include inauguration of Safety Marshals in 2007, inauguration of Safety & Security Committee in 2008, creation of HSE Department in 2009, establishment of Fire hydrant layout system and Launching of Promasidor Safety Manual in February 23, 2011. The event was graced by senior officials of Promasidor, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), MAN, Federal Ministry of Labour, National Industrial Safety Council and Engineer Fadipe Rasak, Director, Lagos Fire Service among others.
Sunday, 07 July 2013 00:00 By Paul Adunwoke Sunday Magazine - CityFileAuthor of this article: By Paul Adunwoke
The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency has ordered meat sellers and blood mill workers at Oko-Oba abattoir to cease their operations forthwith.
Accompanied by men of the Nigeria police, LASEPA officials stormed the area on Thursday. The agency said its action was prompted by complaints over stench and smoke by residents of the area.
Residents had cried out to LASEPA, saying the resultant pollution is taking a negative toll on their health.
LASEPA’s General Manager, Adebola Shabi, said the agency’s next visit to the market would be to arrest persons who continue with the business.
“We have been spending a huge amount of money to mitigate climate change. Their operations endanger the health of Lagosians because of toxic emissions into the environment. I have told the leaders in this market to expose other illegal business operators. I have also given them telephone numbers, to get in touch with the agency any time people intend to violate the rules,” Shabi said.
Meanwhile, LASEPA has met with officials of Lagos State companies with a view to mitigating climate change and global warming.
Reports presented at the meeting indicated that some of the companies have not met the agency’s demand. The meeting was held at LASEPA’s auditorium in Alausa, Ikeja, at the weekend. Shabi said: “This meeting is to determine how far the companies have gone at reducing pollution to barest. We had a meeting with them in February, this year, and we gave a moratorium period to construct water waste treatment plants in their companies to avoid pollution of the environment,” Shabi said.
He disclosed plan by the Lagos State government to provide a central water waste treatment plant. Shabi said the best way to mitigate climate change is to plant trees, monitor companies and the emission of vehicles on the road.
By: BOLDWIN ANUGWARA June 4, 2013 Daily Newswatch
Due to the enormous danger associated with the vandalism of the petroleum products pipeline across the country, the General Manager of Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Engineer Rasheed Shabi, has called for death penalty for any vandal caught in the act of vandalising oil pipeline in the country. He made the call while speaking with Daily Newswatch on the efforts of the agency towards the protection of lives and properties of the residents of Lagos State. Shabi explained that oil spills in Lagos State through pipeline vandalism have caused pollution of affected water bodies and degradation of affected soils, endangering the health and economic livelihood of the inhabitants of the immediate environs affected by the oil spills. He noted that if he were a member of National Assembly, he would have sponsored a bill for death penalty for pipeline vandals considering the wanton destruction of lives and properties associated with the act.
While recalling the occurrences of pipeline vandalism and oil spills in the state in the late 1990s and in the recent past, as a result of acute fuel scarcity and external corrosion of the flow lines due to old age, and unsatisfactory state of the oil receiving and storage facilities, he disclosed that necessary machinery had been put in place to forestall future recurrence. “Some areas within the state have contaminated well water due to activities of pipeline vandals which in most cases destroy environment and even resulting into fire outbreak that destroys lives and properties”, he said. He noted that LASEPA is committed to effective and efficient environmental management for sustainable human development by providing forum for the cross fertilisation of information, informed opinion and analyses from a multidisciplinary perspective on environmental matters within the context of environmental management in Nigeria. Shabi disclosed that Lagos State with a population of about 17 million has majority of Nigerian industries of about 68 per cent and about 50 per cent vehicular population.
He added that small, medium and large scale industries is about 600,00 with about 47 per cent of value-added tax which made it general task for all the stakeholders in managing the environment for the benefit of everybody including government, corporate organisation and individuals. LASEPA boss, who disclosed that the agency was established by Edict No.9 of 1996, pointed out part of the contribution of the agency in proper management of the environment is the setting of guidelines and monitoring of all forms of emissions and effluent discharge that can have negative effect on environment and the living creatures. He maintained that there are lots of business opportunities in environmental challenges in Lagos State which have been maximally utilised by the present administration.
Such opportunities include waste-to-wealth whereby high quality natural handmade luxurious paper products are produced from locally sourced material fibres and recycled papers. Also, conversion of pure water sachets and other non-biodegradable nylon products into pellets, the pellets are recycled and reused in the manufacture of nylon or plastic products in what is known as the Plastic Buy Back Programme. Other opportunities in environmental challenges are the conversion of biodegradable wastes to fertilisers at Odogunyan in Ikorodu. Shabi said government did not stop at these alone, it as well initiated other programmes that will benefit the environment and people living in it, such initiative is horticulture and tree-planting, which made government to declare July 14 of every year as the tree planting day. Other programmes to reduce the threat of global warming is Kick out Co2.
And installation of air pollution detector, Carbon Emission Trading, Electronic Waste (e-waste) Management and Alternative Gases for CFCs, and turning of sawdust to briquette and gases from landfill sites to thermal electricity. LASEPA boss affirmed that part of the guidelines in carrying out these tasks include Environmental Impact Technical Reports (EIA), Environmental Audit Report (EAR) and Post Impact Assessment (PIA) Report.
Published on May 24, 2013 by www.informationng.com
The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, on Thursday sealed off 15 companies located in various industrial and residential areas in Lagos.
LASEPA’s Director of Enforcement, Mr. Kayode Bello, who led the team, said the companies and factories were shut down because they were “sources of environmental degradation and pollution.”
When the team, which was backed by armed policemen, arrived at two of the companies – Primlaks Galvanizing Industries and Eureka Metals Limited, the employees were caught unawares.
Bello gave orders from a hand-held megaphone. He told workers at Primlaks to drop their tools and vacate the premises immediately. The workers, numbering hundreds, trooped out of the factories.
The LASEPA team pointed at some oil and aluminium sludge in the companies’ drain. “This oil is collected and channelled by the drains into streams and rivers, where they contaminate aquatic life. The fishes in the water are in turn eaten by Lagosians and these cause various diseases,” Bello said.
“We have warned these companies several times in the past, and we even recommended ways to abate the pollution, but they did not comply. Their offences include air and noise pollution, discharge of sludge from furnace into the environment.”
According to the Production Manager of Primlaks, Joel Adebomi, the production wastes, which were packed in plastics, contained zinc and lead. He said the wastes were bought by “outsiders who refine and resell them.”
Bello, however disputed that the wastes were refined, saying the wastes were improperly disposed.
Other companies shut on Thursday were Wingham Furniture, Berkley Estate, Abule-Egba; a bakery at 5, Ali Street, Off Olorunshogo, Mushin; Tin Oil Limited, Muritala Mohammed Way, Yaba; Ikorodu Industrial Steel, Odogunyan, Ikorodu. Two churches shut because of noise pollution are Christ Victoria Chapel at 2B, Cole Street, Iyana Ipaja; and Christ Chosen Church of God at 10, Matanmi Street, Onipanu, Lagos.
The General Manager of LASEPA Mr. Rasheed Shabi said, “After warning these companies, their proprietors went about sending people to us. There is nobody above the law. Before we reopen them, they must put our recommendations in place.”
March 4, 2013 by Sesan Olufowobihttp://www.punchng.com/metro/lasepa-companies-to-reduce-greenhouse-pollution/
The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency and some major companies in the iron and steel sector in the state are set to mitigate the impact of pollution in the state.
At a parley in Alausa, Ikeja, Lasepa General Manager, Rasheed Shabi, said the agency was going to monitor the green house emission in 2013.
He said since the agency made significant progress in waste water management in 2012, it was time it concentrated on mitigating the impact of pollution.
He said, “It is high time our industries bought into modern technology that could effectively control their green house pollution. LASEPA will engage more on enforcement this year.
“Pollution is doing damage to the environment, especially the health of the immediate residents around the firms. Few companies in the state have abatement plant to reduce their emission rate.
“We plan to involve our sister agencies such as the Lagos Safety Commission and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to ensure effective compliance by the industries.
The LASEPA GM urged industries to put up immediate measures aimed at mitigating green house emission.
He said, “This year will be tough for offending industries. However, government is ready to partner with the industries towards mitigating the impact of green house emission.”
May 23, 2012 Babatunde Eludini News
The Lagos state Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) went tough on Monday shutting down three churches and two mosques in different parts of the metropolis over noise pollution. The places of worship that came under the hammer were Christ Chosen Church, Onipanu, Assemblies of God Church, Ikeja, Evangelical Apostolic Church, Darusalam Mosque at Sabo, Yaba and Ayegbesin Mosque at Mafoluku Oshodi.
LASEPA officials, backed by the Lagos state Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, stormed the affected churches and mosques to affect the closure. The team, which was led by Kayode Bello, a senior official of LASEPA, reiterated the drive by the agency to rid the state of unnecessary noise pollution.
LASEPA’s General Manager, Mr. Rasheed Shabi, explained that the closure of the worship centres became imperative after several notices issued to them were disregarded. He said that the affected churches and mosques had rebuffed meetings called by the agency. “The agency’s stance on noise pollution has been communicated to all worship centres. The level of noise pollution allowed is 55 decibels during the day and between 42 to 45 decibels at night.
“They were served notices to remove the horns and loudspeakers placed outside so as not to disturb the public with their activities, but they refused,” Shabi said.
Published on August 5, 2011 by pmnews
The Lagos State Government today shut down five oil companies and four others at Kirikiri area of Lagos, South West Nigeria for violating the environmental laws of the state.
Officials of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, escortedby the taskforce officials carried out the closure of the affected companies for failing to keep their environment clean and safe for the residents.
The five oil companies shut by the team led by the Head, E-waste Unit, LASEPA, Mr. Kayode Bello, are Techno Oil, Fatgbems Oil, Bovas Oil, Index Petroleum and Swift Oil.
Other affected companies are Majen Rai Portland Cement, Jannock Nigeria Limited, Scolet Ventures Nigeria Limited and Cappa de Alberto.
According to LASEPA, the five oil companies and Majen Rai Portland Cement were shut for siting tank farms in an area less than 200 metres away from residential place; operating tank farm without submission of Environmental Impact Assessment report to the agency and non-submission of appropriate contingency plans.
Jannock Nigeria Limited was shut for allegedly allowing choking odour to emanate from the company; non-submission of appropriate Environmental Impact Assessment report and poor aesthetics of the premises.
Scolet Ventures Nigeria Limited was also shut over alleged usage of carcinogenic chemical in residential building, operating in a residential building and emission of toxic and pungent odour into the environment.
Cappa de Alberto was closed over air pollution and violation of the Memorandum of Understanding it reached with the government.
According to LASEPA General Manager, Engr. Rasheed Shabi, the affected companies were duly served abatement notices to comply with the environmental laws of the state.
Shabi said the agency had no choice than to shut down their premises when they failed to comply with the directive.
Affected companies would also be made to pay fine for allegedly breaching the laws of the state.