Lagos State Government has recorded another first in its environmental protection drive with the establishment of the first ISO-certified government-owned laboratory in Nigeria by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency.
Speaking during the official commissioning of the ultra-modern Laboratory located within the premises of LASEPA, the State Governor, Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu said that the upgraded and re-equipped laboratory will further improve the quality of life for Lagosians.
Represented by the Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources at the event, Mr. Tunji Bello, the Governor added that the event demonstrates his commitment to issues relating to the environment and the general well being of residents of the State.
According to him, the upgrading of LASEPA Lab. became necessary as a result of the growing population of the state and the need to enhance the capacity of the Agency to effectively deliver on its core mandate of monitoring the environment for safety & sustainability.
The Laboratory earned the accreditation of the International Organization of Standardization for Quality Management System (ISO/IEC 9001) and Laboratory Management System (ISO/IEC 17025) which now makes LASEPA the first Government-owned environmental laboratory in Nigeria.
Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu urged the Management and Staff of LASEPA particularly those that would be charged with the responsibility of operating this Laboratory to do so with utmost professional care and high sense of responsibility.
GM LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe described the ISO-certified laboratory as a boost for the Agency, in the area of monitoring the activities of commercial and govt entities in the state to ensure compliance to the environmental laws & also achieving sustainable development.
Dr. Dolapo Fasawe noted that the agency would not have been able to achieve the upgrading the laboratory without Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu who supported the initiative from incubation to completion, alongside the Commissioner for the Environment & other principal officers.
The laboratory which was upgraded, through a carefully designed-work, now has a State-of-the-art environmental laboratory equipment and engineering processes according to International Standards Organisations (ISO) standards and best practices.