18th October, 2011
Residents of Simisola Street, Surulere, Lagos, on Sunday urged the Lagos State Government to rehabilitate the deplorable drainage system in the area.
Mr Bade Mosi, Chairman, Simisola Residents Association, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the drainage system in the street had collapsed, resulting in frequent flooding of the area.
â€œWe have notified the Surulere Local Government and have also written to the State Government about the situation but to our surprise, nothing has been done.
â€œThe government should open up the drainage on Simisola Street, Ajao Road and other streets in the area and link them into the Akerele canal,â€ he said.
He said that the incessant flooding in the area also affected two schools whose pupils waded through the floods whenever it rained.
Dr Ntia Nsikak, a resident, also described the condition of streets in the area as deplorable and messy.
â€œThe drainage situation is so bad that it had grounded one of my cars due to the level of the water on the street,â€ he said.
Mrs Iyabo Adebisi, a hairdresser, said that the condition of the street had affected her business as customers patronage had reduced because of the water on the street.
â€œWe urge the government to please come to our aid and repair the drainage,â€ she said.
NAN reports that commercial motorcyclists have turned the flooded areas into washing bays due to the pool of water on the streets.