8th September, 2011
Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has approved the disbursement of relief materials to residents affected by the July 10 flooding caused by unprecedented rains.
Mr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday in Ikeja, said that the gesture was aimed at giving the victims succour.
Oke-Osanyintolu told NAN that the affected residents of Apata in Shomolu Local Government Area, Lekki, Orile-Agege, Ifakoâ€“Ijaiye and other communities ravaged by the flood, would benefit from the materials.
He said that the disbursement of the materials, including household items and other consumables, would be handled by a special committee comprising officials of relevant ministries.
The committee, he said, which included officials of the Ministries of Health, Environment, Town Planning and Urban Development as well as Special Duties, would be headed by the General Manager of LASEMA.
The general manager added that the exercise would hold on Friday at the Lagos secretariat.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that the government would continue to respond to the needs of residents in emergency situations, adding that it was committed to the well-being of all its citizens irrespective of their situation.
On the recent Nigerian Meteorological Agencyâ€˜s (NIMET) prediction that Lagos might experience another flooding, the LASEMA boss said there was no cause for alarm.
â€œLagos is at currently taking proactive measures to prevent flooding as well as expanding emergency capacities to confront any eventuality.
â€œIt is an integrated approach involving relevant ministries working together, yet each doing its own bit to ensure that the flooding that trailed the July 10 downpour does not reoccur.
â€œWe are dredging canals and building more relief camps, among others, so Lagos residents should not panic. The government is up to the task,â€ he said.