Commissioner charges LAGESC operatives to improve service delivery

… As Corps Recognises Five Officers for Outstanding Performance

… As Corps Recognises Five Officers for Outstanding Performance

The Lagos State Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, has implored operatives of the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), to step up their performance in the discharge of their duties, especially in preventing indiscriminate dumping of refuse and dislodging recalcitrant street traders on major highways across the State.

The Commissioner made the call on Tuesday at the Command Headquarters, Safety Arena, Bolade-Oshodi during his working visit to the Agency, adding that “There is need for the LAGESC operatives to ensure that all the major roads in the State are rid of all environmental nuisance and infractions in order to ensure total cleanliness of the environment”.

Bello noted with dismay the high level of indiscriminate dumping of refuse and rising numbers of hawkers on major highways, stressing that the roads are not meant for trading when there are many state-built markets in every part of Lagos for all legitimate trading and business activities.

He assured that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will continue to provide necessary assistance and support, such as strengthening the workforce, provision of insurance policies and additional operational vehicles amongst others for the operatives towards effective and efficient discharge of their duties.

The Commissioner, however, admonished the operatives to desist from any form of unhealthy practices, warning that any of the officer found wanting will be dealt with accordingly.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Corps Marshal, CP Akinpelu Gbemisola (Rtd), thanked the Commissioner for the visit, noting that his visitation will boost the morale of the personnel, provide them with necessary encouragement and make them feel that they are an integral part of the present administration.

While commenting on the Agency’s achievements since assumption of office, she said “The Agency has embarked on various re-organisation and restructuring strategies towards raising the bar for an improved, effective and efficient monitoring of the State environment in line with global best practices of enforcement techniques, such as the expansion of the operational divisions from 10 to 21 for proactive and reactive efficiencies”.

The Corps Marshal assured the Commissioner of the unflinching support and commitment of the Agency’s management, as well as other member of staff, towards zero tolerance for any form of indiscipline amongst the officers, being representatives of the State Government in the public sphere.

Meanwhile, the management of the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps has presented five of its officers, namely Yekini Nurudeen, Oladejo Abiodun, Adio Akeem, Ganiyu Kazeem and Alabi Mariam Abiodun, with Awards of Excellence in recognition of their outstanding performance in the discharge of their statutory responsibilities.

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A press statement by the Embassy on Friday, said: “During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.

“When we asked for their help, the Nigerian government answered the call. Our hostage recovery mission in October would have been impossible without their support.

“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

Nigeria is a key partner in countering violent extremist organizations throughout the Lake Chad Basin.

Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

As close partners, the U.S. and Nigeria have worked at ensuring the collaborative relationship continues to grow to include a commitment to interoperability. Nigeria purchased 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, which will be delivered later this year.

“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

The Commander also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

Leonard said: “General Townsend’s visit to Nigeria demonstrates the strategic importance the United States places on our bilateral relationship with Nigeria.

“Our security cooperation partnership with Nigeria’s military will strengthen the country’s capabilities to secure land and sea borders, enhance overall security, and combat terrorism in the North East.”

As part of the visit, Townsend participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Nigeria Military National Cemetery to honour those who have given their lives in the service of their nation.

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