Environment said on Wednesday that it had concluded work on a master plan for the provision of public toilets in parts of Lagos.
Dr Babatunde Adejare, the Commissioner for Environment, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said the master plan was already receiving government’s attention.
“There is need to provide public toilets all over Lagos and not just within the parks and gardens alone.
“The document contains locations for toilets facilities within and around the metropolis.
“The ministry will also encourage market traders and shop owners to provide mobile toilets for use by themselves and their customers,’’ he said.
Adejare remarked that his recent tour round the state revealed that many houses, especially in Lagos Central, piped their sewage direct into the drainage system.
According to him, some houses, particularly in Lagos Mainland and Lagos Island, have toilets, but no septic tanks.
Adejare also said that the ministry had demolished some illegal houses where sewage was piped into the drainage.
He said that for the structures that were officially approved, they have given them time frame within which to provide septic tanks.
According to him, it is no more business as usual in the state, warning home owners to comply with environmental laws.
“It is important for people to maintain the 35 per cent reservation for `greening’ during construction as provided in the state Urban and Regional Planning Law.
He said the ministry would enforce the regulation that enjoins land owners to set off the 35 per cent for `greening’ before getting Certificate of Occupancy.
He further explained that an amendment to the Law, to include the ministry’s intension would soon be presented to the State House of Assembly.
Source: The Guardian Nigeria