17th September, 2010
Residents of Coates, Ibadan, Kano and Freeman streets, Oyingbo and Bornu Way in LagosÂ Mainland Local Government Area of Lagos State, South West, Nigeria, have appealed to theÂ state government to come to their rescue over perennial flooding occasioned by silted andÂ collapsed drainage systems in the area.
Residents and shops owners on the affected streets claimed that the flood had paralysedÂ commercial activities as well affected human movement in the area.
Lagos Bulletin learnt that several letters were written to the local government in the pastÂ over the problem but without solution in sight.
Mr. Philip Onuchukwu, a second-hand clothes dealer, one of the affected, told Lagos BulletinÂ that for more than two years that he has been in the area, it has always been flood evenÂ when there was no rain.
He attributed the cause of the flood to blocked drainages, which he said some officials fromÂ the state government inspected last year, but up till today no move has been made to clearÂ them.
Mr. Okoro Uzor, also a trader in the area, stated that two people contracted to clear theÂ drainage by the community last year died in the course of carrying out the exercise.
Uzor appealed that to avoid such ugly occurrence, the state government should, as a matterÂ of urgency, proffer lasting solution to the problem.
When Lagos Bulletin visited the affected areas, it was observed that several shops wereÂ under lock and key, probably because of flood.
It also observed that most of the drainages in the area have been blocked.
At the Mainland Local Government secretariat, a staff in the office of the Secretary to theÂ Local Government, said the council had informed the state government about the blockedÂ drainage and that it has promised to provide solution to the problem.
However,Â Mr. Wasiu Ogunniyi, the Supervisor for Works, informed that the council hadÂ visited the affected areas and that men of Drain Duck have been deployed to clear theÂ drainage.
Ogunniyi added that the council is not buoyant to undertake total reconstruction butÂ promised that work would commence as soon as fund is available.