Lagos Government Enacts Environmental Management and Protection Bill, Introduces Public Utility Levy

Lagos Government Enacts Environmental Management and Protection Bill, Introduces Public Utility Levy

The Lagos State Government has signed the Environmental Management and Protection Bill into law.  The Governor, after signing the bill, said that under Cleaner Lagos Initiative, the commercial sector would be serviced by licensed waste management operators while an environmental consortium will provide waste collection, processing and disposal services for residential properties through a long term concession.

The consortium will deploy a large multi-dimensional fleet of 20 landfill and transfer loading station management vehicles, 590 new rear-end loader compactors, 140 Operational vehicles and close to 900,000 new bins to all be electronically tracked and monitored by our new unit PUMAU (Public Utilities Monitoring Assurance Unit) under the Ministry of Environment. New Community Sanitation Workers (CSW) will also be employed.

The government will introduce Public Utility Levy (PUL) which will replace all service fees previously paid to the Waste Management authorities. The rates will be determined later but will be low.

Plans have been set in motion to realign the roles and responsibilities of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) officers who will now be LASECORPS(Lagos State Environmental Corps) officers. The Environmental Corps will be supported by PUMAU (Public Utilities Monitoring Assurance Unit), a unit that will have oversight responsibility by using innovative monitoring tools to ensure the new standards are effectively enforced.

The government is also planning a clampdown on all illegal structures on sewage systems without approval as such structures will be demolished. Also in the new law, anyone who wants to a sink borehole or any structure connected with the supply of water must obtain permit from the office of drainage services.

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