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Lagos gov’t inaugurates ISO-certified lab

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Gov. Sanwo-Olu inaugurates the first-ever government ISO-certified lab in Nigeria.

Lagos State Government has achieved a big feat in setting the pace for good governance with the establishment of the first International Standard Organisation (ISO) certified government-owned laboratory in Nigeria. The laboratory was facilitated by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) and situated in its premises, Alausa Ikeja. While speaking during the official commissioning of the laboratory, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that the upgraded and re-equipped laboratory will further improve the quality of life for residents.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, stated that State Government had recorded another first in its environmental protection drive as the upgrading of the LASEPA Laboratory became necessary as a result of the growing population of the state. He added that the ultra-modern lab was needed to enhance the capacity of the agency to deliver effectively on its primary assignment of monitoring the environment for safety and sustainability.

The governor urges the laboratory management to make a good impact.

According to him, re-equipping the laboratory has earned it the accreditation of the International Organisation of Standardization for Quality Management System (ISO/IEC 9001) and Laboratory Management System (ISO/IEC 17025). This now makes LASEPA officially the first Government-owned environmental laboratory to receive this accreditation. He continues by saying that this accreditation has given Lagos state global recognition and acceptance, given that results generated from this laboratory are consistent and accurate through industry-standard protocols and align with best practices globally.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu, however, urged the management and staff of LASEPA, particularly those that would be charged with the responsibility of operating the laboratory, to carry out their tasks with utmost professional care and a high sense of responsibility. He, therefore, tasked the management to make the best possible impact and yield a better result, saying that the administration will relentlessly strive to invest in projects that are consistent with the state’s goal of ensuring a healthy, safe and sustainable environment.

ISO-certified lab initiative aligns with the administration’s goal.

Furtherly, he avers that his administration looks forward to a purpose-driven partnership with local and international bodies, academic institutions, researchers and non-governmental organizations as it strives for a more resilient and environmentally sustainable state. Chairman of House of Assembly Committee on Environment, Rotimi Abiru, said it is compelling for government to be deliberate about focusing more on the environmental situation considering the mass population of people residing in the state, various industries and the rate at which human activities are carried out in all parts of the state.

According to General Manager LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, the initiative of the ISO-certified laboratory resonates with the present administration’s THEMES agenda, which prioritizes Health and Environment. She described the ISO-certified laboratory as a boost for the agency’s mandate in monitoring the activities of industrial, commercial and government entities in the state to ensure compliance with the state environmental management laws while achieving sustainable development. Dr. Fasawe revealed that she identified the need for an upgrade and standardization of the agency’s laboratory processes following her deployment to the agency as the General Manager and upon realizing that the LASEPA mandate borders effective laboratory services.

The lab is equipped with necessary equipment in line with ISO standards.

Dr. Fasawe further explained that the laboratory complex was constructed as a pollution control laboratory 32 years ago, under the administration of Rtd Brigadier General and ex-military-governor Raji Rasaki. However, she said, it metamorphosed into a full-fledged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laboratory with a strategic footprint, sectioned into seven different laboratory services, during the ex-governor Bola Tinubu regime. Dr. Fasawe, who disclosed that the laboratory is now equipped with State-of-the-art environmental laboratory equipment and engineering processes according to ISO standards and best practices, praised the contribution of the governor and other key members who participated in the project.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Kudos to Lagos State governor for remodernizing,establishing the ISO lab to international standard for best use of the citizenry.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

It is nice of the Lagos state government to set up an ISO- Laboratory lab. It shows the extent of the Lagos state government in medical research.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Its always the first that amaze most. this is a big feat for Lagos state government and Nigeria. We need more of this development across the country.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

This is a very good of Lagos government for create a ISO laboratory this is a sign of development I hope other state can learn from Lagos government and do participate in development of the country

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

nice development for lagos State government for inaugurates ISO-certified lab. Good move

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

Hope the equipment will be use well for it main purpose because Nigeria is a dumping ground for most fake goods which is very bad for our growth.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

ISO- Laboratory lab set…makes a lot of sense. It shows the extent of the Lagos state government in medical research.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

The construction of the first government-owned laboratory in Nigeria to be certified by the International Standard Organization (ISO) is seen as a significant step forward in the direction of good governance, and the accomplishment was brought about by the government of the agos State.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

Because of the increasing number of people living in the state, the State Government achieved another first in its effort to safeguard the environment when it decided to upgrade the LASEPA Laboratory to meet the demands of the expanding workforce.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

The ultra-modern laboratory was essential for the organization in order to improve its capacity to effectively carry out its primary mission, which is to monitor the environment in order to ensure its safety and sustainability.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Lagos State Government has established the first ISO-certified government-owned laboratory in Nigeria.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

the ultra-modern lab was needed to strengthen the capacity of the agency to deliver effectively on its principal duty of monitoring the environment for safety and sustainability.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Given the state’s population, industries, and human activity, the government must focus more on the environment.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

the ISO-accredited lab as a means to better carry out the agency’s mission of keeping businesses and government agencies in the state in line with environmental management regulations and fostering sustainable growth.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

In its pursuit of a more resilient and environmentally sustainable state, his administration is looking forward to a purpose-driven engagement with local and international agencies, academic institutions, researchers, and non-governmental groups.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

Governor and other important participants of the project were lauded for their roles in the development of the laboratory’s state-of-the-art environmental laboratory equipment and engineering processes in accordance with ISO standards and best practices.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

I think it’s great that Lagos has set up an ISO laboratory; it shows that the city is committed to progress. I hope other states will take note and follow Lagos’s lead.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

The governor of Lagos state has done well by introduction ISO-certified lab. We need to come up to the world standard.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

The establishment of ISO-certified lab by Governor Sanwo-Olu is indeed a great achieve. All the governor in each state should endeavor to create employment opportunities in their state by building industries that will drive the economy of the nation.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

This now makes LASEPA officially the first Government-owned environmental laboratory to receive this accreditation. Re-equipping the laboratory has earned it the accreditation.