Following the flood that ravaged parts of Agiliti community in the Mile 12 axis of Lagos as a result of torrential rainfall in different parts of the State few weeks ago, the Lagos State Government has announced that it is working with the Ogun River Basin authorities to ensure there is no repeat of such.
Speaking through the State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, at the 3rd Quarter Town Hall Meeting which held at the Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium Surulere, Lagos, yesterday, October 11, 2016, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said that “the State is working assiduously to ensure flood prevention in order to save lives and properties in the State. We have met with the Ogun River Basin authorities severally and we have reached a conclusion on how and when the dam water will be released. By so doing, it will help manage the magnitude of water that flows into the community when the dam is opened.”
While speaking on the amount spent by the government to dredge canals across the State, Dr. Adejare also stressed the need for residents to desist from blocking canal channels with dirt to ensure free flow of water. “We need to take care of our environment and desist from turning canals into refuse dumps. The government has spent so much in dredging canals across the State but our people still continue to dump dirt in drainages on daily basis. We can prevent flood and have a cleaner environment if we desist from doing this,” he said.
He however added that residents should endeavor to report to the appropriate authorities whenever they sight anyone dumping refuse in canal.
You will recall that in September 2016, InsideMainland reported the flood in Agiliti Mile 12 community and how residents appealed to the government to come to their aid.