Lagos Begins Drainage Clearing Ahead Of Rains


The Lagos State Government has begun clearing drainage across the state in anticipation of heavy rains this year.

The aim is to ensure a flood free Lagos in 2012. The Ministry of the Environment through the Office of Drainage Services has begun its drainage clearing and maintenance programme.

Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, said experts had predicted that heavier rains should be expected in 2012 in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

“As such, as a responsible and proactive government, the time to act and commence serious work is now, given the prediction of experts that the rainfall in 2012 will be much heavier,” he stated.

The commissioner said that Lagosians could not forget in a hurry, the sad experiences of the severe flooding of 10 July, 2011, which ordinarily would have consumed the state if not for the effective drainage system in the state.

According to Bello, the ministry had drawn out a holistic monthly cleaning and maintenance programme to desilt drainage channels across the 57 local government councils and development areas in the state.

According to Bello, a comprehensive monthly maintenance and cleaning programme has been put in place for the entire 57 local government council and development areas in the state in order to ensure that the incidence of flooding is completely reduced in the state, irrespective of the fact that Lagos is a coastal city.

He also explained that while this cleaning and maintenance exercise is ongoing and would last throughout the year, the state government would continue to dredge and line earth channels to facilitate easy access and further maintenance programme in the state.

The commissioner revealed that the ministry would also embark on massive public enlightenment campaign to educate the people on what they need to do to reduce flooding and enhance public safety.

“Flooding is a global phenomenon that is not peculiar to Lagos alone. Lagosians should cooperate with the state government in its effort to fight flood, by properly disposing their waste into designated areas and desist from dumping refuse into canals as well as refrain from erecting structures along drainage channels.

“We on our part in the Ministry of the Environment will ensure that our drains are clean at all times, while Lagosians should ensure that the drains in their frontages are clean at all times so that they can effectively discharge into our canals,” he added.

In view of this he said Office of Drainage Services had commenced the cleaning of drains in areas such as Adekunle Fajuyi Road, Ikeja; Works Road, GRA, Ikeja; Kodesoh Road, Ikeja; Simpson Street, Lagos Island, and Sandgrouse Street, Lagos Island.

Other areas currently being cleaned include Lanre Awolokun Street, Shomolu; College Road, Ifako; Arowojobe Street, Oshodi; Agric/Oja Road, Ikorodu; Gemini/Coker, Surulere; Adeniji Adele Road (both sides), Lagos Island and Ogunmokun Street, Mushin.

The drains to be cleaned in January in Agege Local Government are Adealu Street collector, Elere channel and Trapezoidal katangowa/Oko Oba Canal Akilo Road.

Drains to be cleared in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government in January are Mba/ Cardoso Street, Tolu Road, Arakan collector, Osho Drive collector, Ogunniyi Collector, Alafia Street.

In Alimosho Local Government Area, drains to be cleaned include Ishefun Road, Potokun collector Drain, Karimu Laka collector, Bamisile Road, Jimoh Akinremi Road off Akowonjo, Sasa Akowonjo Road collector, Akowonjo/ Egbeda (Isheri/ Igando), Road Collector Drain (Mosan), Mosan collector channel, Command Road, Abaranje collector drain.

In Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, the following drains are to be cleaned in January 2012. They are Ijegun Road collector Drain,24 Road collector, Festac Road Rainbow Junction/ Apple Junction/ Festac Link bridge, Eko Akete Drain, Trade Fair collector, Road 21 drain, 22 Road collector and 5th Avenue collector drain, among others.

In Badagry Local Government Area, the ministry is to clean the following drains in January 2012: Samuel Ekundayo Itoga drain, Palace Road Ikoga, Y. Junction-Wanel Street drain and Badagry Market Road drain.

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