The Lagos State Government has directed owners of buildings that blocked the water channels in all the flood-prone areas, especially Dolphin and Ilubirin Estates to quit their buildings or face demolition by the Government.
The directive was given by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode while reacting to media enquiries on the efforts of government to mitigate the effect of the flood that took place in some parts of Lagos State two weekends ago.
The governor said government had noted that the flood which was experienced in some parts of Lagos weekends ago was as a result of buildings erected on drainage right of ways and water channels in the State especially in Victoria Island, Dolphin Estate, Ilubirin Estate, Ajah and Lekki.
Governor Ambode said his administration is committed to ensuring a flood-free, clean, healthy, livable and sustainable environment as this holds the key to the wellbeing of the people.
He emphasized that to contain flood related challenges that may occur in the state, the government continued to invest in the construction, maintenance and dredging of tertiary, primary and secondary channels all over the state.
He therefore maintained that to guarantee easy passage of rainstorm which is the ultimate goal of clearing and cleaning our drainage channels, “Lagosians must desist from acts compromising easy flow of water especially during raining season so as to avert flood, building and erection of structures on drainage setbacks among others dumping refuse in drainage channels.”
Governor Ambode stated that his administration had developed zero tolerance for environmental abuse, especially drainage blockage, construction on waterways and drainage alignments and indiscriminate refuse dumping, etc.
The Governor urged Lagosians to be safety conscious during this raining period, as well as cultivate good attitude to the environment by not impeding free flow of storm water through dumping of refuse in canals and drainage channels, illegal constructions on the channels and all forms of trading on these public facilities.