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Commissioning Of NNPC/CNL Lagos Medical Waste Incinerator At General Hospital, Epe

Jul 2, 2009 - It is with a very great sense of gratitude that we join the officials of NNPC/CHEVRON to celebrate this noble initiative. I am also delighted to acknowledge the positive support being given to our administration by the Organised Private Sector (OPS) who have keyed in into our administration’s developmental initiative, in the last 25 months, through Public-Private Participation(PPP) in the provision of infrastructure and services for the benefit of our people in Lagos State.

The commissioning of the NNPC/CHEVRON sponsored Medical Waste Incinerator Facility, today, within the premises of the General Hospital, Epe; indeed is a laudable gesture which has come to signify the critical role companies and organizations play in the lives of the communities where they operate.

On our part, in the last 800 days, we have embarked on programmes and projects that are aimed at enhancing the welfare of our people. For instance, among other initiatives we have adopted effective management and sustainability of the environment, as well as, issues of public health as priority programmes of our administration. Recently, we held a stakeholders’ forum on the establishment of the Lagos State Safety Commission as a one-stop agency to coordinate the activities of all agencies involved in ensuring safety in and out of the workplace with emphasis on occupational health and safety, fire safety, food safety, public entertainment safety and control of hazardous substances among other things.

It is in the light of these positive strategies that today’s initiative is quite commendable. We thank the management of the NNPC/CHEVRON for buying into our vision for a Cleaner, Healthier and Greater Lagos through the construction of a medical waste incinerator facility at the General Hospital, Epe and which has been equipped with a 75kg/hr Pennram Medical Waste Incinerator that will be managed and operated by qualified personnel.

The construction and extension of the benefits of this facility to the Lagos State Government is a clear testimony of the Corporate Social Responsibility of NNPC/CHEVRON, apart from the fact that medical waste arising from its operations is also generated. I must commend your sense of social responsibility and sensitivity to safeguard this community from the hazardous nature of medical waste, with its high potential to snowball into serious health problems.

I am aware that the evacuation of such medical waste, from generation to final disposal is roughly five weeks, and possible decomposition may expose different categories of people involved in the land and marine transportation to avoidable exposure and potential health risk. You have done very well by installing this incinerator.

As you are all aware, Lagos State with an ever growing population of 18 million carries a lot of burden. In spite of the effects of the global economic recession, human migration into Lagos metropolis for various socio-economic activities has continued on a daily basis. Consequently, this has continued to stretch to the utmost limit the available social and infrastructural facilities.

When we therefore, see organizations such as NNPC/CHEVRON rising up to share part of the burden, you give us more inspiration and encouragement to continue to serve Lagos residents as we have been doing. This is our promise, this is our commitment.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, what we are witnessing here, today, is in furtherance of our administration’s commitment and determination to work with the organized private sector (OPS) through our Public-Private Partnership Initiative to achieve a sustainable public health regime in Lagos State for the benefit of everyone. We have achieved result in the area of security, environment, slums upgrade among others. We will continue to open our doors to true friends of Lagos and other stakeholders in our resolve to build a New and better Lagos.

Let me urge other organizations in Lagos to identify areas of potential support in their host communities and areas of operations. We are grateful to all Lagosians, private and corporate citizens for your continued support. Without your warm hands around us, the giant steps we have taken so far would not have been possible.

Let me once again congratulate the management of NNPC/CHEVRON on the commissioning of the Medical Waste Incinerator Facility today and commend you for your various intervention strategies which have continued to benefit the members of the communities in your Areas of Operations.

It is therefore my pleasure to commission this facility to the glory of God and the benefit of mankind.

Thank you for your attention and God bless.

Eko O Ni Baje O!

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Executive Governor,
Lagos State


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