The Lagos State Government has sealed the headquarters of the Lords Chosen Church, along the Apapa – Oshodi Expressway over gross environmental abuse and erection of structures along Odo Asimawu Drainage Channel (System 6c).
While monitoring the state of Lagos environment, the state Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, noticed massive trading under the Ijesha flyover bridge along the Apapa Oshodi Expressway and large scale environmental degradation arising from the activities of the traders.
Further inspection round the premises revealed that the church does not dispose the solid waste generated properly, while it openly burns waste generated inside the church premises, thereby exposing the lives of its worshippers to serious health hazard.
A further investigation also revealed that a substantial part of the one kilomeere church auditorium is built on the Odo Asimawu Drainage Channel thereby impeding the flow of storm water, as well as inhibiting effective performance of the Channel.
It was also discovered that the church built all its toilets on the canal and deliberately discharges the raw human waste into the canal.
In order to prevent an outbreak of epidemic, as well as protect the lives of its worshippers, the state government is left with no other option but to seal the church auditorium.
The Commissioner further directed that, for the church to be reopened, it must abate all the nuisances noticed as well as remove all the encumbrance along the drainage channel.
Other conditions listed for re opening the church include: complete sanitization of the entire church environment; the church must put in place a proper solid waste disposal facility; it must desist from refuse burning; it must remove all structures on drainage channel; it must also build new toilet facilities and ensure proper disposal; and the church must also evacuate solid/human waste dumped inside the canal among others.
While commending the cooperation and non-resistance of the church authorities, the Commissioner observed their willingness to comply, but stated that the state government will only unseal the auditorium as until all the environmental nuisances are abated.
The Commissioner assured further that the state government will continue to promote a cleaner, habitable and conducive environment to Lagosians irrespective of their ethnic or religious affiliation in other to attain a cleaner and sustainable environment in the state.
The Commissioner further restated the commitment of this administration to its environmental regeneration and renewal programmes geared towards attaining a cleaner and habitable environment that will be the pride of all.