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Lagos tackles buildings with inadequate, poor septic tanks

Sesan Olufowobi

The Lagos State Government says owners of buildings with substandard septic tanks will soon be rounded up and made to face the wrath of the law.

The government explained that the practice was unhealthy and could lead to an outbreak of an epidemic.

It added that it would no longer allow tenement buildings to have one toilet for many residents, which would constitute environmental nuisance.

Speaking at the stakeholders' forum for 'Sensitisation and Public Awareness on Environmental and Health Implications' at the Agege Mini Stadium, the state Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Adejare, said the idea of a landlord with many tenants using one toilet, would no longer be tolerated.

He said, "The management of 2.1billion litres of wastewater generated by over 20 million Lagosians daily, with the attendant health and environmental implications, is a task that necessitated the decision.

"The law prescribes punishment for such tenement buildings. Now, Kick Against Indiscipline officers and environmental officials will enforce the law. A lot of things are abnormal in our environment.

"Imagine a landlord with 60 tenants having a single toilet. He makes money from the building, but cannot get toilet for the tenants. Since government doesn't collect any money from landlords, they should use it to build toilet for their tenants. The idea of tenants queuing before they can use the toilet is unacceptable."

Adejare, who described the theme of the stakeholders' forum ─ Wastewater Management: Perfecting the Natural Practice ─ as apt, added that Lagosians should desist from digging their boreholes close to septic tanks.

"Your environment determines the kind of the person you are. That's why the development of a country is measured by how hygienic its environment is," Adejare added.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Adeshina Onisarutu, warned against discharging of effluents into drainage channels.

He said, "We must take care of our environment at all times. Whatever we dispose wrongly will always come back to us. We have turned our environment and drainage channels to dumps. The government spends huge resource to treat water that we drink.

"The lagoon and the sea are filled with dirt disposed by residents, which is not good."

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Lagos tackles buildings with inadequate, poor septic tanks

Sesan Olufowobi

The Lagos State Government says owners of buildings with substandard septic tanks will soon be rounded up and made to face the wrath of the law.

The government explained that the practice was unhealthy and could lead to an outbreak of an epidemic.

It added that it would no longer allow tenement buildings to have one toilet for many residents, which would constitute environmental nuisance.

Speaking at the stakeholders' forum for 'Sensitisation and Public Awareness on Environmental and Health Implications' at the Agege Mini Stadium, the state Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Adejare, said the idea of a landlord with many tenants using one toilet, would no longer be tolerated.

He said, "The management of 2.1billion litres of wastewater generated by over 20 million Lagosians daily, with the attendant health and environmental implications, is a task that necessitated the decision.

"The law prescribes punishment for such tenement buildings. Now, Kick Against Indiscipline officers and environmental officials will enforce the law. A lot of things are abnormal in our environment.

"Imagine a landlord with 60 tenants having a single toilet. He makes money from the building, but cannot get toilet for the tenants. Since government doesn't collect any money from landlords, they should use it to build toilet for their tenants. The idea of tenants queuing before they can use the toilet is unacceptable."

Adejare, who described the theme of the stakeholders' forum ─ Wastewater Management: Perfecting the Natural Practice ─ as apt, added that Lagosians should desist from digging their boreholes close to septic tanks.

"Your environment determines the kind of the person you are. That's why the development of a country is measured by how hygienic its environment is," Adejare added.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Adeshina Onisarutu, warned against discharging of effluents into drainage channels.

He said, "We must take care of our environment at all times. Whatever we dispose wrongly will always come back to us. We have turned our environment and drainage channels to dumps. The government spends huge resource to treat water that we drink.

"The lagoon and the sea are filled with dirt disposed by residents, which is not good."

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