Lagos apologises to residents for dislocation over intensive rainfall

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 The Lagos State Government on Thursday July 4, 2024 apologized to  residents for dislocation experienced as a result of the intensive rainfalls which the state experienced on Wednesday.

The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab stated this during syndicated interview programmes across different Television channels in Lagos  stressing that  the State  Government had put in place resilient infrastructure which can withstand the effects of flash flooding.

The Commissioner also sympathized with a resident of the State who reportedly lost a loved one as well as others who lost properties due to the torrential rainfall experienced on Wednesday.

He explained that Lagos experienced about 10hours of non stop rainfall from the early hours of Wednesday causing flash floods in places like Egbeda, Iyana Oworo, Trade fair Road, Iyana Iba, amongst others adding that the flash floods receded in about two hours as a result of mitigation put in place.

“I want you to know that what happened yesterday was not as a result of not  preparing but because nature only took its course” he said.

He said the sea level was very high while it rained and the effect was felt around areas such as Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Lekki all on the pennisular Corridor where the storm water is designed to discharge into the lagoon.

Wahab advised  Lagosians in the Upland areas like Agege, Alimosho, Ikeja  to be calm saying government had built resilient infrastructure that will discharge storm water into the Creeks and Lagoons within a few hours after the rain subsides.

He added that some axis like Ogombo, Mobil corridor of Victoria Island that hitherto experienced flash flood did not experience it yesterday as a result of improved drainage infrastructure and efforts of Goverment.

According to him, flash flood happens globally, what we can do as a government is to embrace and live with nature.

“Anywhere in the world that experiences long hours of rainfall like we did yesterday is bound to experience flooding otherwise called ponding  elsewhere”

He said the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) created to intervene in clearing black spot  was on ground from the early hours of  4am but the water level was high and It took a while for the storm water to discharge into the lagoon and ocean.

Wahab said the ministry has strengthened its Drainage Enforcement activities in ensuring due diligence concerning all drainage channels and restoring Right of Ways on all channels while it continued its intense all year round clearing and cleaning of major primary and secondary drainage channels.

“I will like to reiterate that Lagos is a coastal state and there will always be flash floods for few hours when it rains;  We should know that the world has changed and everyone must ensure various measures to mitigate the adverse effects of global warming and other environmental issues confronting human existence.

He said residents also need to be more responsive citing the example of a couple caught by a whistle blower discharging  their waste inside the drainage while it rained yesterday at Surulere area saying that the house had been sealed and the culprits have been arrested and will be prosecuted according to the law.

He appealed to residents to desist from the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the drainages, roads and other unauthorised places and support government efforts by ensuring the regular clearing of drainages in front of their houses for free-flow of water.

He encouraged residents to become  whistle blowers for  government  as the government cannot be every where saying it is high time residents  take ownership of all infrastructure and endeavour to  give information to the government when the need arises.

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