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Flooding: Lagos Intensifies Clearing Of Drains

The lagos government is to intensify and sustain its all year de-flooding programme including pre rain, mid rain and post rain strategies, as it has continued to provide relief to lagosians despite severe rains recorded around the state within the last one month, according to commissioner for the environment, Tunji Bello.

He said, “The state government has been able to achieve this feat through intensification of its mid-rain cleaning and maintenance programme which has reduced the incidence of flooding, unlike the incessant flooding being experienced in other states of the federation.”

Bello explained that the state government had kept faith with its de-flooding programme which had been sustained by the Babatunde Raji Fashola-led administration and has continued to yield positive results across the state.

The commissioner noted that despite the fact it had rained persistently in the last one month, the state haw not recorded massive flooding and destruction of property that used to accompany past rainy seasons in the state.

He also explained that maintenance of primary channels, secondary and tertiary drains was carried out on 108 drains totalling 107,350.00m across the state.

“In Agege LGA 7 number drains of 4,438.00m were routinely maintained; 3 channels of 4,034m were maintained in Ajeromi Ifelodun, while a total of 8,671m channels were maintained in Alimosho LGA, among others,” he said.

Bello emphasised that as the peak of the rainy season begins, Lagosians should cooperate with the state government by participating actively in cleaning of drainage channels in their immediate environment in order to allow for easy passage of storm water.

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