…as EFAG Director bows out meritoriously

The Lagos State Government on recently rewarded operatives of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) for their contribution to a flood free Lagos while encouraging them to be more committed in the new year.

Speaking during the end of Year party and Award ceremony held at Alausa, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab said the state government would continue to provide the necessary equipment and support required for better service delivery.

The Commissioner who spoke through the Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu said the team has been doing a good job in cleaning up secondary drains and manholes in the 52 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas across the state all year round.

L-R, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji; his Counterpart in Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, outgoing Director, Drainage Maintenance/Emergency Flood Abatement Gang,(EFAG) Engr. Olalekan Ajani and his wife; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu during the 2023 Award and Appreciation Day for Men of Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) and last day in office of their Director, held recently at Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources Quadrangle, Alausa, Secretariat, Ikeja.

He noted that Lagos state in recent times had not experienced serious flooding saying this was as a result of the various measures put in place by the Government and the continuous cleaning of the drains by the EFAG Team.

“I would like to express appreciation to the EFAG team once again. Without the team, Lagos will be flooded and as such let me reiterate that the present administration would continue to support you and always put more packages in place; continue to work harder for free flood and sustainable environment.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage and Water Resources, Engr. Olalekan Shodeide said the EFAG team remains the pride of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources adding that the team was created to intervene in black spots most especially for emergency to ensure free flow of all drainages.

Special Adviser on Environment, (right) Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu, presenting a cheque, to the Lagos Island Area Manager of Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) Mr.Olabode Daodu, during the 2023 Award and Appreciation Day for Men of Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG),held recently at Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources Quadrangle, Alausa, Secretariat, Ikeja.

He said government usually fetes and present awards to the team in various categories in form of cash reward every end of the year to motivate them and to show appreciation for the good job.

He explained that the government has put in place proper health Insurance for them with Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) and Life Insurance Policy adding that necessary fund has also been allocated to the team in case of any accident.

He added that the Ministry will continue to give the necessary support needed, for them to keep up with the good work at all time so that a flood free Lagos will be achieved year in year out.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen who also graced the event, highlighted the responsibility of EFAG to clean drainages in all Local Governments and LCDA all through the year for easy passage of rainstorm water.

He urged the team not to rest on its oars but continue to be committed to drainage maintenance in order to achieve a sustainable cleaner, healthier and safer environment.

In the course of the event, the retiring Director Drainage Maintenance and EFAG Engr. Olalekan Ajani was also sent forth after attaining statutory age of 60 in the service of Lagos State Government.

The out going Director was appreciated by the Environment family for his immense contribution to the achievement recorded in the Ministry through the EFAG team and drainage maintenance generally

Various categories of awards were presented to outstanding operatives of EFAG team from different zones and their coordinators.

Kunle Adeshina
Director (Public Affairs )
January 3, 2024