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LASEPA gets effluent treatment plant, monitoring station

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To mitigate climate change effects and ensure environmental sustenance, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LAESEPA) has inaugurated a mini effluent treatment plant.

The agency also commissioned a quality air monitoring station at six locations in the state as well as an e-library and hybrid bus.

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The air quality monitoring station, which came under the auspices of the state’s government in collaboration with the World Bank and the United Nations was in line with the Lagos Environmental Protection Law 2017.

The law empowers LASEPA to survey and monitor surface, underground and portable, air, land as well as soil environment in the state to determine pollution levels in them and collect baseline data. It also measures air quality and aid better policy formulation in the state’s environment sector.

Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, who performed the ceremony at Alausa, said the projects would enhance the well-being of residents of the state.

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He stated that the mini effluent treatment plant would act as an abatement facility for the treatment of industrial effluents to regulatory standards.

The mini effluent treatment plant, Bello said, was installed to treat wastewater and leftover samples of industrial wastewater from the agency’s laboratory.

He stressed that the new mini effluent treatment plant would handle industrial wastewater samples. It also has the capacity to handle both industrial and hazardous wastewater from companies.

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The commissioner stated that many organisations have already indicated readiness to partner with LASEPA in this regard.

According to him, it was regrettable that before now, LASEPA, which has the core responsibility of protecting the environment, lacked the acceptable means of treating waste.

On her part, LASEPA General Manager, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, thanked the World Bank, local banks and the United Nation for their support.

She stressed the need for collective responsibility to ensure sustenance of the environment as well as to bring to the fore the effect of global warming and climate change on human activities.

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