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Lagos introduces app to monitor environment

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Victor Ayeni

The Lagos State Government has inaugurated an online application known as Citi Monitor Application and Enterprise Environmental Monitoring Infrastructure Information System (Citi Monitor) to track and report environmental infractions in the state.

According to a statement on Sunday, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, while launching the application in Alausa, Ikeja, said the move was to boost the government’s cleaner city initiative through citizens’ participation.

Bello, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Belinda Oduneye, said Citi Monitor would enable the government to have a wide reach in monitoring and responding to environmental infractions as reported by residents.

He said, “This app will maximise the reach of the government using the large population of Lagos; it will help us to better report the state of the environment from blockage of our canals to indiscriminate waste dumping and every other infraction.

“I want to encourage residents to avail themselves of the opportunity of downloading the application as it will help them to take ownership of the environment of the state as the citizens are the primary custodians,” he added.

Also, the software developer, Mr. Ayodeji Faniran, said the Citi Monitor app was configured to capture real-time images within the Lagos metropolis only.

“You cannot upload pictures from your gallery, you cannot submit pictures from other parts of the country or the world, only pictures from Lagos state can be submitted, and once you click the picture anywhere in Lagos state, it’s going to have the time stamp and the location.”

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