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Lagos Assembly instructs Ambode to reactivate ‘Office of Drainage’; See why here

As part of the plans to mitigate flooding across parts of the state, the Lagos State House of Assembly during a plenary session has urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to reactivate the Office Of Drainage in the State in order to reduce floods, saying evacuation of the major canals across the State should be intensified.

In addition, the House called on the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, to clear illegal structures built on setbacks of canals across the state.

The Local Government and Local Council Development Areas were also instructed to imbibe the monthly clearing of secondary drainages across the state to actively combat flooding.

The motion was moved during the session by Hon. Makinde Rasheed representing Ifako Ijaiye Constituency II, under Matter of Urgent Public Importance during Tuesday’s plenary.

The lawmaker cites havoc wrecked by the recent torrential rain in Lagos State which he said had claimed one person in his constituency while others lost their properties. He noted that the disaster was caused by flooding.

Makinde reiterated the need to desilt all drainages in the State and to also kick against dumping of refuse indiscriminately.

Contributing, Hon. Rotimi Olowo representing Somolu Constituency I, stated that Ministry of Environment should be called upon to explain what they have done in the last one year adding that “people needed to be cautioned to stop dumping of dirt in the drainage.”

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