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Residents of Ogombo community in the Lekki axis of the State have acknowledged the support of the Lagos State Government in the effort to cushion the effects of the flood experienced by the community last weekend.
This acknowledgment was made by the chairman, New Town Estate, Pastor Oresegun Temitope during a stakeholders’ meeting of the community with the Ministry of the Environment at Alausa on Monday.
Oresegun, who was corroborated by Mr Eniola Ilesanmi, commended the Lagos State Government for its prompt intervention during last weekend’s flooding experienced by the community and thanked the Hon. Commissioner for the Environment and his team for heeding their call and alleviating the difficulty caused by the flood.
“We are grateful to the Lagos State Government particularly Dr. Adejare for coming to assess the situation and working with us to proffer lasting solution to the problem. Moreover, the Ministry of the Environment has also come to our aid in the community by supplying us drinking water to alleviate the water shortage created by the flooding”, he stated.
The Ogombo residents spokes person attributed the cause of last week’s indiscriminate blockade of canals and other water courses in the area by the people and urged the people to be their brothers keepers by obeying the laws of the State.
Oresegun disclosed that developers and builders especially in Kashamu and Artican Bridge /Phase 2 were in the habit of engaging in dredging activities to build houses, stressing that such dredging activities led to the disruption of free flow of water.
He called on the Lagos State Government to assist the community in controlling the activities of the builders and dredgers to forestall future occurence as their activities precipitate flooding.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Adejare praised members of the community for being factual and stressed that the society would progress when people were ready to give adequate feedback to the government.
He reiterated the commitment of the government to scale up its enforcement activities against indiscriminate erection of building on drainage channels and their right of way, stressing that those were part of man-made factors that bring about flooding.
Meanwhile, while addressing members of the State House of Assembly on Tuesday Dr Adejare stated that the State government had been proactive in its all year round de-flooding programme in the form of pre-rain, mid-rain and post rain cleaning and desilting of canals and channels across the state, in addition to massive advocacy and enlightenment on environmental issues.
“we have mobilized equipment to dredge channels, particularly in Lekki area and have been engaging members of the communities through stakeholders meeting in which we sue for the cooperation of the people and urge them to comply to the state environmental laws,” he said.
Adejare recalled that the recent flooding was not peculiar to Lagos State, stating that the fact that we were able to control the impact in Lagos State as against serious impacts recorded in other places showed that the State Government had been proactive in addressing the issue.
Assistant Director (Public Affairs)
11th July, 2017