The Ministry Of The Environment And Water Resources, Lagos State Government issued a Press Release on Sunday,23rd of February on its 0n going Drainage Clearing Projects. The government expressed its determination to ensure a flood free Lagos.
The Lagos State Government on Friday inspected some ongoing drainages clearance and dredging projects across the state, saying it is determined to ensure a flood free Lagos.
The team which was led by the Special Adviser, Drainage Services, Engr Joe Igbokwe and permanent secretary, Drainage Services, Engr Lekan Shodeinde, visited canals and drainage under systems 6c, 5 and 4.
The area includes Luth/Itire/Daniyan in system 6c, Babs Animashaun in system 5 and Alaka/Oporin/Tejuosho to Gbagada/ Bariga Oke Alo and Apelehin Buxton Cole.
Speaking with newsmen after the inspection, The Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe said in preparation for the rains, government is paying desired attention to the clearing of drainage channels in the state.
He explained that the tour became necessary in order to ascertain the level of work carried out by the contractors assigned to dredge and clear some of the canals as a means to resolve flooding issues.
Igbokwe gave an assurance to residents that with the early commencement of the cleaning of major drainages, manholes and canals in the state, when the rains commences, it will flow into it’s natural channels.
The special adviser stressed that the ultimate goals of cleaning and dredging of the drainage channels and canals is to allow easy passage of rainstorm water.
The Special Adviser warned residents who have erected fences that inhibit the passage way for movement of machinery that would affect clearing of silt at systems 6c in Itire to remove them immediately or have them demolished.
He reiterated his appeals to all those who have constructed on the drainage alignment abd setbacks to remove them immediately or have them removed.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Engr Lekan Shodeinde said it is regrettable that many of the channels that have been cleared before have been littered with refuse again by some the residents.
He called for change of heart from the people, warning that the continued dumping of refuse in the canals and drains will come back to haunt the residents.
The statement was signed by Mr. Kunle Adeshina, Director (Public Affairs)MOE&WR on 23 February 2020.