….Expresses determination to ensure a flood free Lagos

 The Lagos State Government on Friday inspected some ongoing drainage clearance and dredging projects across the state, saying it is determined to ensure a flood free Lagos.

The team which was led by the Special Adviser, Drainage services, Engineer Joe Igbokwe and Permanent Secretary, Drainage Services, Engr Lekan Shodeinde visited canals and drainages under systems 6c, 5 and 4. 

The areas include Luth/itire/Daniyan in system 6c, Babs Animashaun in system 5, Alaka/Iponrin/Tejuosho to Gbagada Bariga, Anthony Oke Alo and Apelehin Buxton Cole.

Speaking with newsmen after the  inspection, The Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources  Engr. Joe Igbokwe said in preparation for the rains, government is paying desired attention to the clearing of drainage channels in the state.

He explained that the tour became necessary in order to ascertain the level of work carried out by the contractors assigned to dredge and clear some of the canals as a means to resolve flooding issues.

 Igbokwe gave an assurance to residents that with the early commencement of the cleaning of major drainages, manholes and canals in the state, when the rains commences, it will flow into it’s natural channels.

The Special Adviser stressed that the ultimate goal of clearing and dredging of the  drainage channels and cannals  is to allow easy passage of rainstorm water. 

The Special Adviser warned residents who have erected fences  that inhibits the passage way for movement of machinery that would effect clearing of silts at System 6c in itire to remove them immediately or have them demolished.

He also reiterated his appeals to all those who have constructed on drainage alignments and setbacks to remove them immediately or have them removed.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Engr Lekan Shodeinde said it is regrettable that many of the channels that have been cleaned  before are being littered with refuse again by some residents.

He called for a change of heart from the people, warning that thethe continued dumping of refuse in the canals and drains will come back to haunt the residents.