by Sesan Olufowobi
The Lagos State Government has said it is planing a better use for sewage water generated in the state.
Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, at a news conference to commemorate the first year of Governor Babtunde Fashola’s second term in office, said the government had started constructing waste water treatment plants to make its dream possible.
He said five of the plants, which are nearing completion, were located in Ikeja, Victoria Island, Agege, Ikoyi and Lekki, adding that efforts were on to establish plants in other parts of the state.
He said, “Instead of discharging waste water into the river, what we will do is to take the sewage to any of the treatment plants where it will be processed and converted into fertilisers and other uses, thereby enthroning a cleaner environment.”
He explained that efforts to ensure cleaner and safe environment through different programmes had also created jobs for thousands of people.
“For instance, the efforts to rid the state of flooding had led to construction and rehabilitation of drainage channels. This had improved the socio-economic activities of the citizenry with the creation of close to 15, 000 employment opportunities,” Bello said.
He added that over 1, 000 jobs were generated in the ongoing beautification projects across the state.
The commissioner said the state government had restructured its environmental law enforcement process to include use of mobile courts and adoption of non-custodial sentencing.
Bello said the government would no longer entertain excuses from those who encroached on drainage alignments, adding that structures found on such would be pulled down and the owners prosecuted.
The commissioner noted that rainfall recorded in the state so far showed that the drainages were working. He added government was determined that July 10, 2011 flooding that claimed lives and properties did not happen in the state again.
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