LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES
The Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
LASG RALLIES STAKEHOLDERS SUPPORT AS CONSTRUCTION OF IWAYA DRAINAGE CHANNELS BEGIN
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday rallied the support and cooperation of stakeholders and residents of Majaro, Iwaya, Alara and Adeshina in Lagos Mainland as work commences on System 3C and Alara /Adeshina collector drains in order to permanently curb the menace of flooding in the areas.
Addressing stakeholders at a meeting held at Fazil-Omar Senior High school, Iwaya, Yaba Lagos on the project, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello said the flooding issue in Iwaya and environ had become of serious concern to government.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Director, Drainage Enforcement and compliance, Engr. Mahmoud Adegbite explained that the Majaro/Iwaya primary channel – System 3c is one of the major channels in Iwaya, Yaba LCDA in Lagos Mainland Local Government, adding that the concrete lining will effectively enhance the free flow of storm water within the communities in the area.
He added that Alara /Dacosta/Adeshina collector drain is in its earth stage, stressing that the construction of the upstream and downstream would give a facelift to the communities and compliment the rapid development of the area.
He stated that the Sanwo olu administration is determined to prevent further loss of lives and properties occasioned by flooding and that was what necessitated the award of the contract in the first place.
He said the construction of these Drainage Channels would contribute to sustainable development and a quality living environment for all, adding that the cooperation of all residents was necessary to see the contract through.
According to him, “without your robust contributions and buy-in, we cannot achieve the desired success, which explains the reason why your inputs are being sought as we commence the job”.
He charged residents in the areas to observe the going -on at the site in order to supervise the project and report their complaints to the Ministry incase of noticed discrepancy as regards the project.
In his address, Honourable member of the State House of Assembly representing Lagos Mainland 2, Hon Olanrewaju Oshun. Lanre Oshin, appealed to the residents to collaborate with the State Government on the construction of the major drainage channels in the axis.
He noted that construction of canals is going on in various areas across the state for water to flow naturally, stressing that government will not relent in performing its responsibilities of maintaining a flood free and clean environment.
He appealed to residents to take ownership of the project after completion and desist from the arbitrary dumping of refuse into canals in order to continuously sustain a flood-free Lagos.
Giving a background on the scope of the project, the director drainage construction, Engr. Dapo Ajadi said System 3C channel is a major channel in Iwaya within Yaba LCDA starting from Olu Osifeso to the confluence point Alara Onike Oko Agbon channel while the channel upstream start from Olu Osifeso street, through Igbore street, Arowolo street, Omodunni street, Makoko Communities and its environs and eventually discharge into the Lagos Lagoon through System 3B Alara Onike Oko Agbon Channel.
He added that the project at Iwaya include the Construction of one Rectangular Drain measuring 100metres and two Trapezoidal Drain measuring 850 metres, adding that the Alara/Dacosta/Adeshina collector drain takes its source from Alara/ Dacosta street, through Adeshina street, linking up to Zanzi street and draining storm water runoff from these streets and its environs through Sewanu to outfall at System 3b.
He added that the downstream section to be concrete lined is Alara/Onike/Oko Agbon /Makoko Primary channel that takes stormwater runoff from Bickeresteth estate in Iwaya. Olajide street, Gbede street, Sojinu street, Oko Agbon , Makoko adding that a Rectangular Drain of 400metres and Trapezoidal Drain 100metre will be constructed.
The Chairman, Stakeholders forum in Iwaya community, who also spoke, Chief F. A Ogunbanjo, commended government for the laudable project urging community members that achieving the project may come with some pains as building on the setback and alignment may be moved, but it will be beneficial to all residents on the long run.
He thereafter assured government of the cooperation of the residents of Iwaya.
Director (Public Affairs)
MOE & WR.
August 18, 2021.