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Lagos gov committed to flood-free state – Commissioner 

The Lagos State Government has pledged to be committed to a flood free state.

Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, made this known during an inspection tour of various contravention sites and drainages across the state.

Wahab said the inspection team was out on a normal routine to ascertain the state of some drainage channels across the state bearing in mind that most flooding issues were majorly caused by negative human activity.

He said that the government would continue to enforce the law, while reclaiming drainage setbacks.

The commissioner and his team visited Aladelola Street in Ikosi-Ketu where some individuals had cut the supporting iron under the culvert leading to the collapse of the channel.

He said the state public works office would cordon the road off and commence repairs immediately.

The team also visited Victory Estate collector, Ago Palace Way, where some unscrupulous individuals blocked water path and canals and engaged in illegal sand filling and selling.

He said that an enforcement team had earlier been sent there, adding that the visit was to check enforcement and compliance level.

“We are here as a result of a written petition by residents complaining about several distortions.

“There had been a lot of distortion on these canals and roads by some individuals which has been causing flooding in the area,” Wahab said.

At Sangotedo by the Lagos Business School, Wahab said there is a natural stream that is supposed to discharge into System 63 and from there to Omu creek.

According to him, the stream has been blocked and reduced by illegal structures built along the channel.

He said that a 48-hour contravention notice has been served to owners of buildings lying within the channels.

On the process of serving contravention notices, Wahab said property owners whose buildings and fences fall within drainage channels would first be served a 48-hour notice.

Wahab state that the initial notice would be followed by another 14-day notice before the commencement of enforcement.

“The government would commence full enforcement after the expiration of all notices.

The team was also at Ajiran Primary Channel, Chevron Drive, to ascertain the level of the ongoing dredging of the channel.

At Ilabere Collector at old Ikoyi, the team observed that there was an encroachment on the alignment and said that the fences would be removed in the next few days.

Wahab emphasize that the government is fixing a major infrastructure around Ilabere and if the collector is not properly handled, the infrastructure will be destroyed.

“Lagos despite its peculiarities as a coastal state with low-lying terrains and a high population density among others has remained afloat because of various measures put in place by the government,” Wahab said.

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