By Okunade Adekunle
Many residents of Alimosho Constituency 1 on Wednesday said they want government of Lagos State to help tackle the problem of noise pollution in the area.
They spoke at the constituency Stakeholders meeting in Alimosho Constituency 1, which held at Amen Event Centre, 2nd Avenue L/S Bus Stop, Abesan Estate, Ipaja, Lagos on Wednesday.
The theme of the event is; “Environmental Challenges: Community Engagement To Facilitate Lasting Solution”
Mr. Yemi Solade, a resident of K Close, Gowon Estate complained that noise pollution was rampant in the area with two churches located adjacent to his house.
According to him, the pastors of the churches did not yield to the complaints of the residents of the area.
The CDC Chairman of Mosan Okunola also urged the lawmaker to make the stakeholders meeting twice a year.
He added that some buildings were blocking canals in the state, adding that Lagos State was overpopulated with a small land.
He said further that there were more to environmental problems in the state and commended the government for their efforts in the area.
Honourable Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuff, who represented Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the event said that the Governor had been doing a lot since he got to power on May 29, 2019.
Yusuff stated that the Governor had six-point agenda T.H.E.M.E.S including agenda including T that stands for Transportation, which she said was important to the Governor.
She said that next is H, which is health to ensure that all the Primary Healthcare centres function properly.
Also, she said there is the Environment, saying that all the drainages in the state were blocked and that Alimosho is second on the list of the places to touch with special refuse bins to sort the refuse being generated to promote waste to wealth.
She revealed that the one meal a day programme in public schools from primary one to three that would cost the state government N11 Million daily would start soon.
On technology, she said that this would be everywhere and that there would be free WiFi everywhere for the residents.
“We also want to make Lagos State 24 Century economy and the largest in Africa. We have entertainment, we have security and good governance,” she said, adding that they were in government to represent the interest of the people of the state.
She said that she was in-charge of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Lagos State and that she is in-charge of religious activities in the state.
The commissioner added that something would be done about noise pollution in the state, which she said would not be tolerated.
Acting Registrar of Anchor University, Alimosho, Ayobo, Ipaja who was also at the stakeholders meeting said that they had been having the challenge of noise pollution, saying that a university needed a serene environment.
“I was in France and I was in Ghana, where everywhere, including campuses are so neat.
“If you come to Anchor University in the evening, people sell everywhere and in the morning you will see litters of refuse all over the place.
In his speech at the event, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said that based on past meetings, the state Assembly had been able to understand some of the state’s socioeconomic and infrastructural challenges in the various constituencies.
In the speech, which was delivered by Hon. Bisi Yusuff on his behalf, the Speaker stated that the Assembly decided to discuss the theme of the stakeholders meeting for 2019 across the 40 constituencies: “Environmental Challenges: Community Engagement To Facilitate Lasting Solution.”
“As a foremost state legislature that takes the welfare of its people as paramount and diligent in its primary responsibilities, it recently deliberated extensively at its plenary session on Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019 on the increasing and threatening environmental issues in the state including flooding drainage related matters and the need to profer necessary solutions.
“We thereafter set up an adhoc committee, which has gone round the state on oversight of existing contracts in respect of our channels and drainages in the state,” he said.
Obasa added that despite efforts being put in place to sensitize residents on the need to protect the environment, some people still prefer to violate the Environmental Law and involve in actions capable of frustrating government’s efforts and huge investment in the sector.
The Speaker emphasised that in protecting the environment and improving healthy living standards of residents, the state government had reorganised the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to be proactive towards enforcing, regulating and ensuring improved waste management process.
He however, used the opportunity to appeal to the residents to comply with the Environmental Laws of the state, embrace attitudinal change and join hands with the Government “in a renewed commitment to preserve the environment.”
He added that the stakeholders meeting would involve the people on how they can be re-orientated on the need to handle the environmental challenges to rid Lagos of its recurrent waste challenges.
According to him, this would be achieves through curbing the continued indiscriminate dumping of refuse on streets, drainages and major highways in the state amongst others.
“We can make our area to be London, Dubai or Paris if we change our attitude. Everything is about our attitude.
“We are the ones generating the refuse, we should be the ones to manage it. We should be disciplined on our refuse. The refuse coming from Aboru and Ajasa Command after rainfall is much,” he said.
Hon. Bisi Yusuff recalled that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed an Executive Order on the Environment and traffic and that this is a good development.
He said that the people were being warned before the law on the environment would take effect so that they would not be apprehended.
The lawmaker added that refuse is wealth and urged the constituents to speak on areas, where they had environmental challenges and advised them to speak up on the matter so that the government would be informed adequately.
“If I don’t have information there is no way I can inform the government. If you tell me I will present it before the House and if you don’t talk I will not know,” he said.
The lawmaker revealed that he has sponsored about 350 students in higher institutions and that he has done so many healthcare programmes through his annual healthcare programmes.
He added that the programme would hold between 26 and 30th of September, 2019 across the six local governments and local council development areas in Alimosho.
He revealed that he has procured drugs worth N11 Million for the programme and that doctors from the United States of America and Nigeria would be on ground to treat people free of charge.
Delivering the welcome address address at the event, the Chairman of Alimosho Local Government, Alhaji Jelili said that the stakeholders meeting had become a regular event.
Sulaiman added that Hon. Bisi Yusuff has performed more than his contemporaries as a lawmaker and thanked him for being there always for the people of the constituency since he got into the Assembly in 2011.